City’s housing grant program to end

Posted May 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm

by Steve Peterson

On May 8, Hawarden Councilors reviewed the Low-to-Moderate Income $2,500 housing grant program.

Administrator Gary Tucker said the Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) area which supported the grants expires this year.

“You (councilors) would have to support it with utility funds or by other means. The TIF area is expiring and unless you decide to bring it back, the program will die from lack of funding,” said Tucker.

No motion was made by councilors so the program, which had helped 45 residents with home improvements since 2002, will expire.

Railroad Appointee

Councilors appointed a commissioner to the Sioux Valley Regional Railroad Authority. Public Works Director Tom Kane will serve a three-year term.

Highway Flashing Light

Kane said the city has received a $7,700 grant from Iowa Department of Transportation to remove the flashing yellow light at Iowa Highways 10 and 12 and replace it with more modern signage. This will be done this summer.

Electric Work Begins

Power Source Inc. the city’s electrical project contractor, will begin its work in placing more electrical poles underground June 3, said Kane.

Tucker said due to the low bids, 25 percent of the budget could be used for the next phase of the electrical project or other work. This will be a future discussion.

City-Wide Cleanup

Regarding the May 3-5 city wide cleanup, about 20 dumpsters were filled, said Kane.

Council Meetings

Hawarden Councilors meet the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Hawarden City Offices.

The next meeting will be May 22. Meetings are open to the public.

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