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November 7, 2013

Council moves forward with housing application

The Centerville City Council Monday at City Hall voted to move forward with a Community Development Block Grant housing application in conjunction with Chariton Valley Planning and Development.

Nichole Moore, executive director of CVP&D, briefed the council on the 2014 CDBG housing application.

Moore said they have 26 pre-applicants and 23 of them have meet the basic guidelines. The housing rehabilitation target area is north of Highway 2 from north First Street to North 21st Street, according to a document in the council packet.

Moore said HUD funding is for $393,790 with $18,800 of it going for administrative costs.

The council voted to hold a public hearing Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall regarding the CDBG for housing rehabilitation.

The council voted to authorize the Community Development Housing Needs Assessment that is needed for the grant application with the Iowa Economic Development Authority and CDBG for housing rehabilitation to assist 10 low-to-moderate owner-occupied housing units, according to information contained in the agenda packet.

The council voted to approve a local match commitment of $20,000 for the IEDA-CDBG for housing rehabilitation.

Moore said the application is 80-85 percent finished and is due on Dec. 11.

Tod Faris, Appanoose Economic Development Corporation executive director and Joyce Bieber, Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, addressed the council.

Faris said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is bringing the governor’s annual deer hunt to Centerville and Honey Creek Resort State Park in January 2014. Among those invited to attend the hunt, Faris said, are out-of-state professional site selectors and CEOs considering coming to Iowa and other in-state officials.

“So it’s going to be a pretty select group, specifically for development in Iowa,” Faris said. “And we get the pleasure of actually hosting that, which is pretty awesome.”

Faris said the hope is the deer hunt will continue to be held here in Appanoose County as long as Branstad is governor.

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