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January 17, 2013

Chariton Valley Planning & Development completes housing rehab in Seymour

CENTERVILLE — Chariton Valley Planning & Development Council of Governments has completed and closed out the owner-occupied housing rehabilitation grant for the city of Seymour.   Seymour completed the program with local funding and assistance of an IEDA grant that allowed for the rehabilitation of six owner-occupied homes.  

The structures were inspected and the needs were identified that would ensure the selected low to moderate income families and/or individuals will be able live in quality housing that meets Iowa’s Minimum Housing Safety Standards.  

“It is rewarding when you can assist homeowners with the installation of energy efficient windows, insulation, new roofing, vinyl siding and numerous other improvements to their residence at no cost to them.” states Nichole Moore, executive director of CVP&D. The program strives to improve the efficiency of the structure, to help residents lower their energy bills and create a more affordable and safer way of living.  

The city and residents are also very pleased with the wonderful aesthetic value that has been added to many of the homes.

One of homeowner was quoted as saying, “They can already see an improvement to the utility bill in the first few months!”

That same homeowner was even able to provide some of their own money towards the completion of the exterior work to the home.

CVP&D Council of Governments housing division is committed to providing safe and stable homes for residents of Appanoose, Lucas, Monroe and Wayne counties.  CVPD works with communities to apply for and administer Community Development Block Grants offered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority for the state of Iowa.  

The CDBG funds are partnered with local funds to promote general economic prosperity with local contractors and improved welfare to local residents.  If you have an interest to participate in this program, residents need to contact their local city councils to express their needs. Communities should then contact CVP&D Council of Governments to learn more about the application process.  

If you have questions regarding the program contact the CVP&D office at 308 N. 12th St., Centerville, Iowa, or visit our

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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