Wellman closes program, opens program
WELLMAN — Wellman’s council Monday closed out its 2012-13 housing rehabilitation program that repaired seven houses and began steps for the next one. The just finalized program, administered through the East Central Iowa council of Governments (ECICOG) received a $226,234 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) with the city providing $12,000 in additional funds.
The council also approved seeking another housing rehabilitation grant through ECICOG especially since said City Administrator Nick Pacha, “There is a waiting list.”
During Tuesday’s Washington County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board approved a letter of support for Wellman’s efforts to obtain federal funds for the program. The program would be for 2014-15.
In another financial move, the council discussed obtaining a loan, either through local banks or the State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF), to aid with its estimated $775,000 wastewater treatment plant updates. The city has already received a $500,000 CDBG grant for the project. The remaining cost would be through loans and existing city funds.
In other business, the council, in its 40- minute meeting:
•tabled action on the resolution allowing the English River Watershed Management Authority (ERWMA) to contract with the DNR on the $150,00 planning grant awarded to ERWMA, pending receipt of the final contract. A draft was shown Monday. Wellman, as well as Kalona and Riverside, area among the first 11 entities that formed ERWMA that now has 12 members. Deadline for submission of the contract with the DNR is November 15 and Ryan Schlabaugh, who is the ERWMA board president, said there will be a final contract for the November 1 meeting; and
•declined to consider the sale of a 15 foot strip of city owned land north of 5089 9th Avenue that borders an alleyway.