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Recovery funds aid county, city projects
San Jacinto News- Times - March 2009
COLDSPRING -- About 60 projects have been earmarked by county offi cials and The Texas Offi ce of Rural and Community Affairs (ORCA) to receive a total of $11,009,263 countywide in Hurricane Ike Disaster Recovery Program Funds. Funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Block Grant Program, the local plan seeks to rebuild critical public infrastructure and support economic revitalization in areas damaged by Hurricane Ike. The plan seeks to fund a number of activities including: restoration of infrastructure (such as water and sewer improvement, street and bridge repair and debris removal); property buyouts in fl ood zones, demolition of damaged properties; rehabilitation of commercial/industrial buildings; and code enforcement. In addition, the state’s plan allows for the support of public service programs and public facilities (such as community centers, medical facilities and shelters for persons with special needs). County offi cials and city leaders met last week with ORCA representatives to determine where San Jacinto County’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds would be used. Projects earmarked in the county range from public infrastructure projects including building, drainage, transportation and water/wastewater. Funds for the projects will be administered by ORCA but will be distributed to the county and communities through Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG). While many of the county’s projects include transportation and road reconstruction others include water and wastewater projects. Recovery funds aid county, city projects Transportation and wastewater projects County leaders also identifi ed projects involving three of the county’s precinct barns. In Precincts 2, 3 and 4 generators failed to function during power outage. The plan is to install 50 KW generators in each of the three precinct barns. Also included in the program is fi nancial help in damages sustained in multiple school facilities on the historic Jones High School campus located at FM 1514. The City of Shepherd is allocated $1,104,653 in recovery funds. Other than transportation and water and wastewater projects, the city is proposing spending some at the Shepherd Community Center which was used as a shelter during Hurricanes Ike and Rita. The parking lot and pavilion was used as a staging area for food and water distribution. The parking lot is gravel and the building has no generator and no shower facilities. The city is proposing to pave the parking lot and add a generator and showers as well as construction and roof repairs. The City of Shepherd is also planning to expand Shepherd City Hall to accommodate fi rst responders. County and city leaders have until May 28 to submit completed applications for the proposed projects.