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10/09/2012

THE FAIRMONT CITY COUNCIL HELD A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE HOUSING REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM -GRANT PROGRESS. THERE WAS NO PUBLIC INPUT BUT CITY ADMINISTRATOR MIKE HUMPAL SAID THE CITY WAS AWARDED 340,OOO DOLLARS IN FUNDS IN 2011 WITH THE GOAL OF DOING 16 UNITS BY DECEMBER OF 2013. SEVEN UNITS ARE DONE SO FAR BUT HUMPAL AND CITY STAFF DO EXPECT MEETING THE GOAL COMPLETION BY THAT DATE. HE SAID THAT REHABBING THOSE UNITS WILL HELP 23 PEOPLE..

HUMPAL SAID DUE TO MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH LEAD LICENSURE REGULATIONS THERE ARE FOUR QUALIFIED CONTRACTORS IN THE AREA TO BID ON THE PROJECTS. OUT OF THE FOUR JUST TWO HAVE BID WHICH SLOWS UP THE PROGRESS. COSTS PER UNIT HAVE INCREASED DUE TO THAT AND WHERE LEAD HAS TO BE ADDRESSED THE COSTS HAVE INCREASED. MR. HUMPAL SAID THE WORK BEING DONE WILL NOT ALWAYS BE NOTICED FROM OUTSIDE THE STRUCTURE..

FAIRMONT RECEIVED GRANTS IN 1997,2001 AND 2008. WITH THE 2011 GRANT FUNDS BEING ADDED THAT 1.27 MILLION DOLLARS SPENT ON IMPROVEMENTS TO 130 HOMES AND APARTMENTS IN THE CITY.


ROD HALVORSEN
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