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Housing is top priority
by Kenda Nelson
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Bobby Blaschke, spokesperson for the Economic Development Foundation told the Woodsboro City Council Tuesday night that housing is the foundation’s top priority at this time.
Bobby Blaschke, spokesperson for the Economic Development Foundation told the Woodsboro City Council Tuesday night that housing is the foundation’s top priority at this time.
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By Kenda Nelson

Editor, County Press

WOODSBORO ­— Five Woodsboro residents are set to receive the keys to new homes next week in time for Thanksgiving.

The community members’ new homes were constructed under the HOME Grant through the Department of Housing and Urban Development of Housing and Community Affairs.

Just four months ago, they were selecting brick colors. Next week, Donna Johnson of GrantWorks will hand over the keys to Mary Veselka, Albert and Julie Menchaca, Geronimo Jaramillo, Carl Arnold and Juanita Flores.

During Tuesday night’s meeting of the city council, Johnson said that more homes can be built under the same grant program. Currently, she is working on finding residents who meet the qualifications.

“The HOME Program provides funds to assist low income homeowners with repairs to bring their homes into compliance with local codes and construction specifications or to replace homes with a new house when repair costs are greater than the allowable limits for repairs,” said Johnson after she had obtained the grant for the community. “Assistance requires no repayment as long as the homeowner continues to own and occupy the home during the afford ability period.”

The board of the Economic Development Foundation introduce the new foundation director, Joe Arredondo.

Arredondo said he came from the energy industry.

“I’m good at turning something from nothing,” Arredondo said. “The Refugio County area is under-served. We’re going to help everybody out.”

Mayor George Hernandez told Arredondo Woodsboro, Bayside and Bonnie View have been left out and that Refugio is the recipient of all the progress.

Collectively, the foundation said housing is their top priority.

In other matters, the council received a glowing report from auditor Donald Goldman of Goldman, Hunt & Notz.

“This is a clean opinion, the highest we can give,” Goldman said. You’re probably where you want to be.”

The council also accepted the resignation of Kody Farenthold, the municipal police officer and voted to advertise for the position.

The council is also planning the annual Christmas on the Square and Lighted night parade on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. The aldermen voted to purchase all new LED lighting for the Square for $4,500 to be paid from gaming fee funds. The funds will also be used to pay for a new door at the Woodsboro VFD for just over $3,000.

The city council also:

•Approved Fernando Quesada’s request for a sewer hookup for $685.05

• Approved the purchase of Mosquito spray for $913

• Approved inter-local agreement between the county and the town to provide an animal control officer for $16,619.

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