COVER: Flood damage on Conway Street in the Blanco Gardens neighborhood. PHOTO by DON ANDERS
FROM STAFF AND SUBMITTED REPORTS
The San Marcos City Council will consider approving the allocation of the city’s $25 million Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding during the Tuesday, Aug. 2 city council meeting. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins.
The funding allocation will be included in the city’s CDBG-DR Action Plan in categories identified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for disaster recovery: housing, infrastructure, planning, and administration.
Staff and a consulting firm the city hired to help it navigate the process, Los Angeles-based AECOM, provided city council with recommendations based on a needs assessment development according to HUD rules. The needs assessment is created using data from the city, federal agencies including the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration, and public input from citizens through the town hall meetings and a taskforce assembled by the city.
The city previously discussed the allocation during a special city council workshop on July 25. Since that time, staff and AECOM have provided city council with new data and is requesting the formal adoption of the allocations.
Council members will also discuss the priorities for the use of CDBG-DR funding and authorize the city manager to act as the official representative of the city in matters related to the program.
The action plan is expected to be complete by Aug. 18, and a 14-day public comment period will be held before the action plan is finalized and submitted to HUD. The action plan must be submitted to HUD within 90 days after the Federal Register notice, which was published on June 17.
More information about the CDBG- DR process and the action plan can be found at www.smtxfloodrecovery.com.
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