Thursday, August 18, 2011
Supervisors seek grant for home rehabilitation
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to pursue a home rehabilitation grant to repair or replace up to five homes in this round of applications.
The measure followed a presentation by Clencie Cotton, executive director of Rust College Community Development Corporation, who presented some details of the program:
• the county can apply for five home rehabilitation grants.
• if the roof, plumbing and floors all need replacing, the house will be replaced by a new one.
• the applicant must own their property in the clear of liens or mortgages.
• the property cannot be heir property.
• if funded, the property owner must keep the house for 15 years before selling it. If the owner dies before 15 years is reached, the heirs of the estate can sell the property.
Darlene Grimes, with the Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District, appeared before supervisors this week after the board had approved a motion to work with the planning and development district. It is the agency the county worked with on previous applications for home rehabilitation projects.
Several municipalities, including Byhalia, are expected to submit applications for home rehabilitation, she said. The county will be eligible to apply for up to five homes to be rehabilitated.
The process of application must move quickly in order to meet the September 30 deadline at the agency, she said.
To move things forward quickly, the homeowner should request an application from the county administrator’s office as soon as possible. The homeowner will have to supply the number of people living in the home and the monthly gross income for each person, a copy of a deed to the property that is clear of any debt, and a 12-month utility bill summary to prove they have lived in the home for at least 12 months, Grimes said.
If NEMPDD finds that these three requirements are met, then they will visit the home to inspect it and make a list of needed repairs.
If the home is found to be deficient in its heating system, electrical wiring system, plumbing, roof and foundation, then the application meets some of the qualifications for home rehabilitation. If a person lives in a mobile or manufactured home or modular home, they can also apply. If their application is approved, the agency will install them a new mobile home.
In summary, the applicant must be eligible for assistance, then the home itself must meet the qualifications of the program.
In road safety matters, supervisor George Zinn III asked for the board attorney to prepare right-of-way papers to be signed by residents on Newsom Road in an area where there have been several accidents. And supervisor Keith Taylor requested a letter from the board to owners of a property in a curve on Schoolhouse Road where a bridge has been closed due to a dangerous curve. Residents and emergency crews have had to drive the long way around to get to properties, he said.
Once the curve in the road is taken out, the bridge can be reopened for traffic, he said. The board motioned to authorize a letter to the property owner who would be affected by the change. Nearby property owners say they will purchase the tiny bit of land that is occupied by the present road to add to their property, Taylor said.
The board also discussed bids for road supplies and a communication from the Holly Springs Utility Department regarding expansion of natural gas service from the Red Banks area to an area north of Red Banks and on across Highway 311.
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