Public hearing closes out CDBG Program

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 12, 2004

WINTON – A public hearing scheduled for here July 19 will close the door on one pot of money, but will hopefully open another for additional financial aid to Hertford County.

During last week’s Hertford County Board of Commissioners meeting, Mike Barnette of McDavid & Associates addressed the county’s leaders on the closeout of the 2001 Scattered Site Housing CDBG Program. Hertford County received $100,000 worth of HUD (Housing and Urban Development) funding from the federal government during the 2001 program.

&uot;All expenditures from that round of funding were completed late last year,&uot; said Barnette. &uot;Now the law requires you to hold a public hearing in order for everyone to have a chance to review the accomplishments of the 2001 program.&uot;

That public hearing was scheduled for 7:10 p.m. at the next meeting of the Hertford County Board of Commissioners – July 19. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Board room located inside the County Office Building.

The Scattered Site Housing CDBG program targets qualified homeowners in need of repairs to their homes. Local government officials are required to gather the names of those in need of this service.

According to Barnette, the 2001 Scattered Site Program divided equal sums of funding for each municipality in Hertford County. Each of those towns received $40,000 in which to handle home repairs. Meanwhile, Hertford County was awarded $100,000.

Barnette said once the public hearing is conducted, Hertford County can officially close the books on the 2001 Scattered Site Program and begin the application process for a new program.

In other matters brought before the Board of Commissioners at their July 6 meeting:

* Appointed Board Chairman Johnnie Ray Farmer as Hertford County’s official voting delegate for the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ 97th Annual Conference, set for Aug. 19-22 in Asheville.

* Gave Hertford County Manager Don Craft the green light to send letters to state and federal elected officials in regards to protecting the funds available to Hertford County’s inclusion in the RPO (Rural Planning Organization).