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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 22, 2014

Rehabilitation program discussed

By Trisha Phelps | Nov 13, 2012

WAYLAND- Some houses in Wayland will start looking better soon.
At the Wayland City Council meeting Nov. 7, the council heard from Dan Eberhart about Owner/Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program update.
The program will work on houses in a target area in Wayland that meet certain income criteria.
There were 175 surveys sent out in Wayland to get an idea of how to map income levels and homeownership for this project.
“The program calls for a targeted neighborhood. You, as the city kind of choose. ‘Ok, here’s our houses that seem to be eligible in what neighborhood and what area.’” Eberhart told the council.
Eberhart recommended to the council that when selecting a neighborhood for the project to try to have 25 to 30 eligible homes, even though the project will only cover approximately eight homes. “It is recommended to have around three times the amount of eligible homeowners in your target neighborhood,” said Eberhart.
If homeowners have participated in the program more than five years ago, they are eligible for the program again. “Their five years has elapsed, unless you want it otherwise. You could write it into your rules,” explained Eberhart.
The council will decide on the neighborhood by their next meeting, so that they can keep on schedule to get the grant that funds the program.
“The grant is due Dec. 12. And we would need to do a public hearing beforehand,” said Eberhart.
The council also
• discussed the request for bids for gas utility truck and a police truck.
• discussed a contract draft consideration with Rathbun Rural Water Association.
• approved the tax abatement application for Loren and Andrea Rich.
• approved building permits for Chet Fort, reroofing garage and replacing windows; Igor and Cheryl Morozov, reroofing house; Michael Gerst, reroofing house; Clayton Reitz, reroofing house; Tyler Unternahrer, residing house and replacing windows.
The next council meeting will be Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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