FARMINGTON -- The check is no longer in the mail -- it has crossed the table of the Davis County Commission and will now be deposited for use.
The first, much-anticipated disaster relief and emergency assistance check from the federal government for the Dec. 1 hurricane-force windstorm that tore through Davis County has arrived from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The Davis County Commission accepted the $72,600 federal check Tuesday.
And more funds will be coming, said Davis County Commissioner Bret Millburn.
"There are still a couple of work orders that are outstanding," he said.
County officials applied for the funds in January after the storm damaged several of the county's public buildings, including Legacy Events Center in west Farmington.
Millburn said the FEMA check, received and ratified Tuesday, is the first check of several the county anticipates receiving from FEMA to reimburse county dollars that have already been expended in repairing the damage.
In addition to damage to buildings, the county experienced significant tree damage at Valley View Golf Course in Layton and Davis Park Golf Course in Kaysville.
Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said the federal recovery funds the county applied for are federal tax dollars that rightfully belong to the taxpayers of Davis County.
Public entities across Davis County had about $4.1 million in damage from the Dec. 1 windstorm. For the county to receive recovery assistance from FEMA, it needed to meet a threshold of $3.6 million in damages to public properties.
Those damages did not include the damage the storm did to private properties having to be covered by insurance companies.
Officials said the cost of damage to Davis properties would have been much higher had it not been for volunteer cleanup efforts.