Yorktown City Council talks mitigation funding and projects

By Allison Flores

Yorktown News-View

During Monday’s Yorktown City Council meeting, a large portion of the conversation revolved around planning for potential projects for the upcoming Community Development Block Mitigation (MIT) grant. 

From the Texas General Land Office’s website, “the Texas General Land Office (GLO) is administering $4,297,189,000 in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds. The GLO will administer state programs focused on infrastructure, housing, and planning. These CDBG-MIT funds will be used to build and implement structural and non-structural projects, programs, and partnerships throughout the state of Texas that reduce the risks and impacts of future natural disasters.”

John Kaminski with GrantWorks addressed the council and provided information regarding the application process for the MIT grant.

Kaminski noted that although the MIT grant is new, he plans to work with the city to come up with the correct criteria to qualify for the competitive grant. 

“I believe [Yorktown] has good potential for some projects here,” said Kaminski. “One of the key issues we have to deal with is [showing] that the project will benefit over 51% of low-to-moderate income households or population.” 

Discussions with Anna Aldridge from Hanson Professional Services, Inc. led the council towards selecting an area near Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Church Street that could qualify for funds from the MIT grant. With the preliminary conversation underway, the council looks to do more research on bettering the area regarding infrastructure. 

Moving along the agenda, the city approved the 2020-2021 budget for the Yorktown Economic Development Corporation for the FY21 starting Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021, as presented by Tammy Bitterly, along with approving an annual interlocal agreement for law enforcement services between the DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Yorktown.

A public hearing regarding the proposed property tax rates for the upcoming fiscal year beginning on Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021, is set to take place on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Yorktown City Hall. 

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