By Michelle Leidy-Franklin, TSnews
CLEARWATER – Bill Lampe, director of housing for South Central Kansas Economic Development District, presented the results of the Clearwater housing survey to the city’s council on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
The survey is conducted to grade the condition of homes in order to help the city qualify for grants to improve local housing.
The survey determined that 43 percent of Clearwater’s housing is in top “A” condition. A majority of homes received a “B” rating with 49 percent of homes falling into this category. Houses rated in “C” condition made up seven percent of the survey and one percent of homes received the lowest survey rating of “D.”
Lampe gave the city some tips on how to best spend grant money in the future. He also recommended people in need of assistance getting their homes back in good condition contact the SCKEDD office for resources and help filing an application.
“If there is help to be had, we know where to get it,” said Lampe. “We can also help residents fill out the application for assistance.”
As part of the survey process, Lampe said SCKEDD will meet with city officials for consultation to help the city strategize. The consultation can help the city identify target areas and what resources are needed to help improve housing in the area. Lampe also said SCKEDD can help cities deal with abandoned and blighted properties.
Lampe said Clearwater’s ratings were right where they need to be, but coming up with a plan can help the city stay ahead of deterioration and make the best use of available funds.
In other business:
· The council approved hiring Josh Lebeda as a full-time Clearwater police officer.
· The council approved the final plat for the second edition in Park Glen Estates.
· The council approved the final plat for the Wood Street addition.
· The council awarded a bid for fire department loose equipment and tools in the amount of $35,787.40 from Casco Industries.