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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 22, 2014

Hoping for housing help

By Trisha Phelps | Dec 12, 2012

WAYLAND – Wayland has decided to commit $10,000 to help fund the owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program.
During the council meting on Dec. 5, the council approved a resolution to apply for a $349,990 grant for the owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program offered through the 2013 Community Development Block Grant (CCBG) housing fund program.
Through a survey distributed earlier in the year, the council was able to come up with a target neighborhood that would fit the income criteria.
“We are going to do a targeted neighborhood that was identified with help from the council through the pre-application process,” said Dan Eberhart, of the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Committee.
The selected neighborhood is roughly bounded by Railroad Street to Fourth Street and from Jefferson to Madison streets.
“We will get the money through the community development block grant funds which comes from HUD (Housing and Urban Development) down to the state each year and its competitive grant application. It’s due Dec. 12,” said Eberhart.
In an earlier council meeting, it was estimated that eight houses would be able to be helped with the grant, however, now the council is looking at adding more houses.
“With that funding, we are going to do a minimum of 10 houses. We should be able to do more,” said Eberhart.
Items covered in the owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program include electrical, plumbing, heating and venting, windows, roof, siding and
foundation. The program does not cover items such as air-conditioning and appliances. All code violations will be corrected.
Also at the council meeting, the council also recognized Marsha Chalupa for her 15 years of service to the city and presented her with a plaque.
The council also:
Discussed signage for trucks in town.
Approved a tax abatement for W. Royce Leichty for a 70’ x 40’ frame house with attached garage.
Approved a tax abatement for Gary Messer for a 24’ x 36’ frame garage.

The next council meeting will be Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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