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Grant Money for Wilburn School Cleburne County Arkansas document sample
Grant Money for Wilburn School Cleburne County Arkansas document sample
Housing Goal Team Meeting Minutes Monday, December 5, 2005 First Bank of the Delta - Cherry Street 12:00 p.m.until 1:30 p.m. Members Present: Kenya Sharp, Joe Black, Robert Martin, Mindy Maupin, Gracie Gonner, Jack Horner, Michael Boone, Ever Jean Ford and Steering Committee (Housing) Liaisons, Walt Cunningham and Mr. Frierson. The Housing Goal Team meeting was called to order by E. Ford. Mr. Martin offered prayer followed by group introductions. 1. Ever Jean presented an addendum to the November 7th minutes to include the homeless shelter as part of a goal team objective. Mr. Martin motioned for the minutes and addendum to be approved as written. Mr. Walt Cunningham seconded the motion. II. Reporting from goal teams Goal One: Commission housing market studies for Helena, West Helena, Marvell, Elaine, Arkansas in order to access the need for additional housing in Phillips County and determine the specific types of housing needed. This goal has been completed as reflected in the November 7th minutes. Goal Two: Develop and implement a general neighborhood revitalization and development plan in cooperation with the municipalities in Phillips County and existing neighborhood organizations. Mike Boone, Chair – Over 50 structures have been abated in Helena with the 2006 goal being 50 more structures in Helena and 10 each in both Lakeview and Elaine. They met with an asbestos specialist and to date they are abiding by rules for demolition of contaminated buildings. More letters are being sent to property owners. Beginning January 2006 work will move into Elaine, Lakeview, and West Helena but start off small with the goal of each city becoming self-sufficient. Hopes are to get the ball rolling and each city take control of their own projects. Funding for this project has came from two $50,000 grants to the city. Other funding has been pursued through HUD bit the application was not funded. They are working on finalizing a proposal for more funding by the end of the year. Local contractors bid on the demolition jobs. However, where asbestos is involved, an individual out of Little Rock will be contracted for the removal of hazardous materials. Goal Three: Construct a quality affordable housing complex that includes 20 units (2 and 3 bedrooms) as a replacement for existing substandard housing that exists in the historic corridor from the Mississippi River bridge to downtown Helena and in the Over the Levee area. Kenya Sharp, Chair – The funding application from ADFA will not be reviewed until January. Even though there is not a set date to begin construction, we are looking to break ground in the first quarter of 2006. Goal Four: Complete the Brownfield planning study and obtain Brownfield designation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Work in cooperation with the Brownfield’s Assessment Program to return abandoned commercial and industrial properties, whose reuse may be impeded by real or perceived contamination to active economic and community reuse. Joe Black/Michael Boone - Chair(s) – Reasonable progress is being made with a 3 million dollar application for funding county-wide projects is in the pipeline. Funding will be available through tier one and tier two funding. Tier one will be through HNB, 1st Bank, and SFP. Tier two will be cities/municipalities. Fifteen properties in Phillips County have been identified. The Ohio Street business incubator building can apply directly to EPA for a clean-up grant which does not have to be paid back. (Construction had started through a 1.3 million dollar grant for work force training through PC but was delayed due to contamination.) Funding can be accessed for property clean-up if the owner was unaware of contamination prior to purchase, not if they caused the contamination. Non-profits can receive up to 40% funding or a free and clear grant. Private owners will be eligible fro loams as low as 1% interest. Goal Five: Initiate specific neighborhood revitalization and development plans in the “Over the Levee” neighborhood. The update of this goal is reflected in the November 7th minutes. Goal Six: Develop and implement a homeownership program that educate prospective homebuyers on skills such as budgeting, family economics, general home buyer and renter education and the benefits of Individual Accounts so that new homeowners are better equipped to maintain their homes in good order. Mindy Maupin- Chair- ongoing training continues . At this time recommendations were made for individuals that need to be at the table: Calvin King (AR Land & Farm), Lee County CDC (Renee Wilburn), New Hope Church (Mrs. Williams), Construction Business Owner (Derwin Sims), Helena Housing Authority (Lionell Moss), Independent Mortgage (Ms. Bynum). III. Big Ticket Project Items a. Cherry Street Housing Kenya Sharp-Chair- To qualify for historic tax credit the home has to be within the boundaries of Porter and Elm and have been built before 1935. Tax credits will only cover 20% of the eligible costs and if the home is out of the boundary, it will only cover 10%. Tax credits do not completely fund a project. The money is easier to use in one concentrated area, but even with that it would take multiple layers of funding to complete a project. Tax credits are out there but money will be needed for lawyers and syndications. One organization will need to be the buyer and deal solely with the project because all rules have to be followed exactly as stated. b. Cleburne Hotel Joe Black-Chair-Conversations have been held with the property owner, it Needs a lot of renovation, which will cost about $5-$6 million dollars and of that, it will take $300,000 alone to fix the roof. The repairs exceed the current property owner’s resources, she needs to find investors perhaps by appealing to the historical significance of the property. Some other ideas would be to donate the bldg to a non-profit, list as Brownsfield, or seek out a federal program that will stay. Housing could be another use. c. River Condominiums Jack Hornor and Steve Toney-Chairs-Jack reported that we would need to speak with the Helena Improvement District and the Corps of Engineers. The procedure would be to submit a proposal to the corps which can be a lengthy process. (Joe mentioned the corps is going to take an active role with Brownfield in 2006 so this might help with the condominium project.) Jack mentioned the old Armour factory building (behind HNB) might be a possibility for condominiums. d. Brick Street and Walking Bridges Robert Martin, Terrance Oliver, and Oscar Hoskins- Mr. Martin reported for the group. He walked all of the bridges and they are in good shape, they probably only need some cosmetic work. Some of the brick streets are in desperate need of repair. The city wanted to fill the pot holes with concrete, but due to the history of the brick streets and protest by citizens, concrete was not used. However, the replacement bricks come from St. Joseph Missouri and are very expensive. Joe suggested doing a feasibility study for this project. e. Renovation and Preservation Kenya Sharp-Chair- This is combined with Cherry Street Housing project.. f. Homeless Housing Gracie Gonner, Mindy Maupin, and Sue Key- Gracie reported out for the group. The shelter committee met November 30th. At this meeting they discussed funding and working with churches and other organizations so as to offer as many support services as possible. The group is currently looking for a building, some options are the Southwestern Bell and Daily World buildings. Some suggested funding sources are ADED’s website for CDBG funds and DHS as another potential. Ever Jean, Mr. Frierson, and Mr. Cunningham reported out from the meeting with Clinton School Students. There will be two students working with our goal team. What can they do for us? The team agreed to come back to the next meeting with suggestions.
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