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updated 12:55 PM UTC, Oct 14, 2018

Colmesneil hears recovery grant options

By Mollie LaSalle

Council members were given an update on the status of the city's Community Development Block Grant at Tuesday's meeting by David Waxman with David Waxman Consultants, Inc. of Jasper.

The city has applied for a grant in the amount of $275,000.

"The state will announce the recipients in the next couple of months, as it is a competitive process, and there are two rounds of funding", Waxman explained. He also said that they are not anticipating any problems, either environmental or from an engineering standpoint.

Waxman said that Colmesneil "was in great shape to receive the grant". He also said that there will be public notices published in local newspapers before June. This will give citizens and cities input on how the grants are distributed and spent.

The objective of the Community Development Block Grant program for Rural Texas is to develop viable communities by providing decent housing and suitable living environments and expanding economic opportunities principally for persons of low-to-moderate income.

The Texas Department of Agriculture oversees the program, and eligible applicants are non-entitlement cities under 50,000 in population and non-entitlement counties under 200,000 in population and not eligible for direct CDBG funding from HUD or funding through any of the Texas CDBG programs.

In other business, council approved the audit report for fiscal year 2017. The financial and investment reports were tabled until next month, as the bank statements had not arrived in time for the meeting. Council also approved the minutes from the last meeting, office reports, and water and sewer reports. City secretary Mandy Pattillo attended a Grant Writing Seminar in San Antonio on May 3 and 4.

"I learned a lot about writing grants, and that was two days of cram-packed info," Pattillo said.
With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m. Colmesneil City Council meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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