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City pursues grant funds for Third Street waterlines


City pursues grant funds for Third Street waterlines
Kelle Odom


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WCN Correspondent
July 3, 2012
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FLORESVILLE -- The city of Floresville will apply for a community development block grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Affairs.

After a public hearing on the issue, the first item on the Floresville City Council agenda June 28 was to authorize the submission of an application to the grant program and to authorize City Manager Andy Joslin to act as the city’s executive officer in all matters pertaining to the city’s participation in the program.

During the public hearing, Kelle Odom with Langford Community Management Services gave a presentation outlining the process for applying for the grant.

“The application process must identify the project,” Odom said. “The city of Floresville applies for this grant every year. This year, the city’s applying for $275,000, as opposed to last year’s $250,000.”

City Engineer Larry Heimer said this year’s application funds have been designated to replace certain parts of downtown Floresville’s waterlines.

“There are 2-, 4-, and 6-inch lines, which will be replaced with 10-inch lines,” Heimer said. “They will be installed from Trail Street to G Street on Third Street.”

Odom explained the city will be expected to match a portion of the funding to come from the grant, if approved.

“The city doesn’t have to match the grant money 100 percent, just a portion,” Odom said. “The approximate amount the city of Floresville would be responsible for is $75,000.”

The city council also approved a contract for Allied Waste as presented by Joslin.

Constituent Liaison Sherry Pollok, who had a large role in putting the deal together, said the contract was a good thing for the city.

“The citywide bulk collection service we have now is still going to be the same,” Pollok said. “In addition, Allied Waste is going to educate the public on what is and isn’t considered hazardous waste. This company is going to be the best value for the city of Floresville. Our residential rate is going to drop from $17.31 per household to $14.”

The council also appointed Comptroller Tom Smith to act as the city’s investment officer.

A discussion of audit findings with Pat Wagner, CPA, was tabled, as Wagner was unavailable to attend.

 

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Tyra  
FloTown  
July 12, 2012 10:42am
 
Yes this could happen to us. And as stated, it is already. Just wait until this budget comes out. It has been pretty interesting to see them protect the budget. It has to go public sometime and we will be watching it. People ... More ›

 
Connect the Dots  
Floresville  
July 11, 2012 3:11pm
 
It's already happening to us.

 
Small Town Girl  
Floresville  
July 11, 2012 2:24pm
 
Could this happen to us?

 
just wondering  
floresville  
July 11, 2012 6:25am
 
Unions representing police, fire and public workers in the city of 76,000 filed three lawsuits after the city defied a judge's order and issued paychecks Friday that paid 398 city employees at the minimum wage of $7.25 ... More ›

 
just wondering  
floresville  
July 11, 2012 6:21am
 
Unions representing civil servants in Scranton, Pa., filed suit Tuesday after the mayor cut pay for police, firefighters, garbage collectors and other public workers to minimum wage, saying that was all the city could afford.

 
just wondering  
floresville  
July 11, 2012 6:18am
 
Yet, the city is still facing the possibility of insolvency due to a variety of issues including accounting errors, deficit spending, lack of revenue growth, and increases in pension and debt costs."

 
just wondering  
floresville  
July 11, 2012 5:55am
 
SAN BERNARDINO - The City Council voted Tuesday night to authorize a bankruptcy filing. Who's next?

 
Small Town Girl  
Floresville  
July 5, 2012 11:43am
 
OK, I don't get it. The Mayor says we have $ to repair the streets because of the tax that has been collected. So why aren't are streets being repaired? How was it that the street next to Sisters was repaired but yet the ... More ›

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
July 5, 2012 9:01am
 
Free money. It is great to be open minded - but not so open minded that your brains fall out. But I guess if you are really dumb you believe the politicians when they say grants are free money. Maybe we should have, in addition ... More ›

 
just wondering  
floresville  
July 4, 2012 4:08pm
 
While Stockton becomes the nation's most populous city to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, you only need to look at Jefferson County, Alabama. That city remains the biggest municipal bankruptcy in terms of debt outstanding, as ... More ›

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