The Norman Transcript


July 16, 2013

Moore recovery continues on strong course



“These are end-of-year supplements that are primarily needed because of the May 20 storm,” Moore Finance Director Jim Corbett said. “The majority of this cost will be reimbursed either by the federal or the state government.”

While many of the large bills associated with recovery have not been paid yet, this supplement is needed primarily to deal with overtime costs associated with the tornado.

“Right now, cash is very, very tight. We haven’t received any reimbursements yet,” Corbett said.

Corbett expects reimbursements to start coming in soon. He said there will be additional budget supplements for the FY 2014 year, which started July 1.

The Moore Economic Development Authority also approved a budget supplement for the recently ended fiscal year in the amount of $10,000.

Economic Development Director Diedre Ebrey commended Moore’s commercial real estate community for its quick assistance in matching displaced tenants with temporary spaces. She said development interest in Moore is still strong.

Businesses are beginning to reopen. Ebrey said a temporary home for Norman Regional Health System in Moore will be opening soon. She said NRHS is committed to rebuilding a facility on the former site of Moore Medical Center that was destroyed in the tornado. While the health system is studying exactly what is needed to serve Moore, Ebrey said an emergency department is expected to be included in those future plans.

The former Moore Medical Center’s Emergency Department was a Level 3 trauma center and had 11 beds, 11 cardiac monitored rooms and an ultrasound.

Eddy said 112 homes will get official condemnation notices and will have until Aug. 15 to contact the city with plans for the property. The notice period is longer than usual and the city wants people to take care of their own property if possible.

Also, the last day for free pickup of debris will be Aug. 15. Any debris not at curbside by that date will have to be removed at the property owner’s expense, Eddy said.

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