LUMBERTON — City officials are applying for $13.5 million to deal with 106 homes damaged by floodwaters generated by Hurricane Matthew.
The applications are for money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
Brandon Love, city director of Planning & Neighborhood Services, requested permission from Lumberton City Council during its policy meeting Wednesday to advertise for administration services of the city hazard mitigation grant program. The hired outside agency will determine environmental needs, set up the program and take care of the grants, keep records, create and deliver reports, complete the work, and any other services needed.
There are three categories of work that will be done. The purchase of 47 homes is projected to cost $6,009,983. The elevation of 23 homes is projected to cost $2,870,858. The cost of reconstructing 36 homes is estimated to be $4,651,684.
“We don’t have it (money) in place,” Councilman Chris Howard said.
“We should have the money soon,” Councilman Leon Maynor said.
The request for advertisement was approved.
In other business, the City Council members:
— Approved a subdivision ordinance amendment proposed by Love that would allow public utility facilities to be placed in divisions of commercial land without direct access to a public right-of-way. The amendment will allow a building to house fiber optic equipment.
— Approved rezoning an area near Luther Britt Park to residential. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is requiring a hurricane-damaged home be elevated to meet grant requirements. If the house is moved to the Britt park zone, the city can have the resident serve as a gate keeper and safety monitor, and live rent free for assuming the responsibilities.
— Put on hold a resolution for the process to replace Precinct 3 Councilman Burnis Wilkins, who is sheriff-elect of Robeson County. Wilkins will surrender his seat, but it’s not clear when. He will be sworn in as sheriff in December.
— Approved writing off owed back taxes that are more than 10 years old. Writing them off is a standard accounting practice. The funds are not forgiven, however, and efforts to collect continue.
— Approved a resolution appointing Sharon Oxendine as city tax collector.
— Accepted a donation of land in the McLean subdivision. Turner Gore Park in South Lumberton sits by a lot currently used for parking. The donated land, off Bullard Street, could be used for additional parking.
— Approved a request from Lumberton Fire Department Chief Paul Ivey for $25,000 to remove and replace the concrete flooring in Station No. 2.
— Approved Maynor’s request to give the West Lumberton Kiwanis Club a Pride in Lumberton Award for the club’s work in the community.
— Approved Mayor Bruce Davis request to give $500 in discretionary funds to Lumberton High School for a sponsorship sign; Councilman Leroy Rising’s request for $400 for the Wycliffe East Homeowners’ Association; Councilman John Robinson’s request for $200 for the Community Programming Family Day at the Bill Sapp Recreation Center on July 8; Wilkins’ request for $1,200 for the Family Fun Day at Godwin Heights; and Maynor’s request for $300 for the West Lumberton Kiwanis Club to assist with projects in the community.
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