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City to submit application for $350K grant to state

Thursday, November 1, 2001

Housing Fund Grant would be used to rehabilitate 10 owner occupied housing units in Alta.

The City of Alta plans to submit a Housing Fund Grant application for $350,000 to the Iowa Department of Economic Development by Jan. 14, 2002, which would help rehabilitate 10 residences within the city limits.

A public hearing regarding the project will be held Monday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Alta City Hall, and members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting.

Working with the Northwest Iowa Planning and Area Development Commission and the State of Iowa, the city began the preapplication process several months ago, after a housing survey of the city revealed there were areas where rehabilitation would be needed.

Alta then sent out information about the project to residents of the town, and City Clerk Tom Huseman said the response the city received from the public concerning that process was encouraging.

"Around 30 people responded to our preapplication procedure, and the Northwest Iowa Planning and Area Development Commission thought that was a good number," Huseman said. "We also thought it was a good number to start with, so we decided to continue with the process and send in our application. Hopefully we will receive the funding from the state."

Members of the city council will debate and vote on the issue Monday evening, but Huseman said he was confident about the chances for approval of the project from the council members.

"I assume the council will approve this next Monday," Huseman said. "The city has already designated $1,000 for each house that would be approved if we obtain the grant, so I think they will vote to go ahead and send in our application for this grant money."

The project would help rehabilitate the homes in a variety of ways. Removal of lead-based paint, installing new electrical wires and plumbing, reroofing houses and putting in new heating equipment would all be possible improvements residents of the homes could see in the future.

Professional contractors around the northwest Iowa region would be contacted and a bidding process would then be completed for each construction project.

As there were more than 10 residents applying for the money, certain criteria will be used to evaluate each application and select those most in need of having repair work done to their homes.

"There will be a selection process for this which will be based on a point scale," Huseman said. "The biggest factor is the household income, because this project is trying to help lower income families. The lower the income, the higher the chance of being selected."

Huseman said that the project would begin next year if the Alta application is approved by the state, and said he thinks it will be very beneficial to the city in the future.



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