The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

January 20, 2014

Stanly County Commissioners may approve grants through housing program

By Ritchie Starnes, News Editor
Bloomberg News

Monday, January 20, 2014 — Stanly County Commission is expected to approve four applications earmarked for grants from the Scattered Site Housing Program.

During Tuesday night’s meeting (Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting was moved due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday) commissioners will be asked to approve the properties for rehabilitation as part of a Community Development Block Grant. The properties in question include two in Norwood, one in Albemarle and one in New London.

The $250,000 grant, less the $42,500 for the consultant that determined the applicable properties, will be used to renovate properties that have fallen into disrepair due to neglect.

Applicants are ranked by income and other qualifying factors, including the amount of repairs needed. Homes that required more than $40,000 in repairs were deemed ineligible.

The board will also be asked to make a budget amendment to finalize the acquisition of the Oakboro Sewer Treatment Plant for a purchase price not to exceed $4.5 million.

Commissioners will likely offer the county’s position on the latest developments of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan about improvements along the N.C. 24-27 corridor in western Stanly.

The board will also approve, modify or deny a resolution that calls for a county line survey that separates Stanly and Cabarrus counties.

In another budget matter, commissioners will be asked to consider a contract for a branding initiative in conjunction with the city of Albemarle.