The city has previously applied for and received the grant on multiple occasions.
“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 Donna Johnson, director of the HOME Program for Grant Works Inc. “Assistance requires no repayment as long as the homeowner continues to own and occupy the home during the affordability period.”
This year’s grants, if awarded to the city, will have less matching required than previous years.
In other items, the city is still looking at purchasing the TxDOT building on U.S. Highway 281.
City Manager Sandra Martinez told the board, “They (TxDOT) have vacated much of the building and we are trying to see if a survey is needed.”
The process for the city to buy the building could take nine to 12 months, but Martinez believes they could get it done in less.
The council approved allowing her to call appraisers to see who would be available to get the building appraisal done the fastest when the times comes.
The council will vote whether to move forward on the selected appraiser when the members come back at the March 5 meeting.
The Economic Development Council also came forward asking the board to amend its ordinance and make it possible for the council to dismiss non-active EDC members. The council approved the request, and now the item will have to come back as an ordinance in a future meeting and go through two readings before the proposed items can take effect.
Lastly, the council approved a street closure for a city-sponsored Cinco de Mayo Festival on May 4 and 5.