By Chris Edwards
AUSTIN – The city of Woodville was awarded a $2 million grant on Monday. The money, which was awarded to the city from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, through the Texas General Land Office, with funds earmarked for the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery program will go toward street improvement projects in the southwest portion of Woodville.
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush made the announcement on Monday and said, “Texas has faced more than its fair share of natural disasters and the floods of 2016 are no exception.”
Last October the city’s application for the grant was filed. Woodville City Administrator Mandy Risinger said during that month’s city council meeting that the amount is a large one compared to the amount of grant monies the city typically pursues. This grant has a $100K match to the city. “Disaster recovery grants go up based on what is allocated to our area, so a $2 million grant is a pretty big deal for us,” Risinger said.
The projects slated for the city, with the grant money, are for streets and drainage, primarily on MLK and Cardinal, and possibly other areas.
Bush said “The GLO continues to partner with local communities to administer long-term recovery funds for both housing and infrastructure. Projects to be funded have been prioritized by local leaders in affected communities to help address ongoing housing needs and harden infrastructure to mitigate against future flooding events.”
According to a news release from the GLO, the office encouraged 2016 disaster-impacted communities to submit applications for long-term recovery projects for funding consideration.
The awards were based on scoring and ranking of submitted project applications from eligible entities in 66 Texas counties during the 120-day application period. Eligible entities included cities, counties and local housing authorities.