GALVESTON, Texas Calling it a sign of better efficiency at City Hall, City Manager Michael Kovacs on Wednesday touted the city s progress on FEMA-funded recovery projects.

The city has totally closed 223 FEMA-funded projects that cost more than $81 million, according to a summary handed out by finance director Beth Free. Another 36 projects worth $2.5 million are ready to close and are awaiting FEMA s final sign-off, and 89 more are making their final way through the finance department process.

Kovacs said that each of the projects represented a piece of the city that was damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008. He credited Free, who was hired in February, and the finance department for expediting the process and getting the work off the city s to-do list. The city still has plans for more than $7 million worth of FEMA projects, which all are either in progress, being planned or being negotiated to meet the agency s requirements.

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