Written by Kelly Kaczala
Oregon city council on Monday will consider a contract with the Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity to provide $40,000 of Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) funds for the construction of two single family homes in the city.
If passed, the city will pay $40,000, or $20,000 per house, to Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity to enable two eligible families chosen by Habitat to become homeowners.
“They will probably use this money either to purchase the lot that they will build the houses on, or for some of the construction costs,” Finance Director Kathy Hufford, said at a committee of the whole meeting Oct. 18.
Households selected must have a gross family income at or below 65 percent of the current area median income for the city. Households must complete Habitat homebuyer counseling training and perform volunteer labor hours prior to occupancy.
Construction and loan closings are to be completed by August 31, 2012.
Also at the meeting, council:
• agreed to consider an ordinance to enter into an agreement with Advanced Roofing Services, Inc., Maumee, to furnish labor, materials, and equipment for the 2010 water treatment plant roof project.
• agreed to consider the purchase of a 2011 CCTV van from Jack Doheny Supplies, Twinsburg, Ohio, to be used by the Street Division.
• agreed to consider a memorandum of understanding and a contract between the Lucas County sheriff’s office and the Oregon Police Division to participate in a countywide OVI task force to provide targeted enforcement activity. It would run from October this year until the end of September next year.
• agreed to consider a purchase order to Statewide Ford Lincoln Mercury, Inc., Van Wert, Ohio, for the purchase of one 2011 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor vehicle, per state contract, to be used in the Oregon Police Division. Administrator Mike Beasley said he has been working with the police division over the last several months to look at ways to lower costs for next year without cutting back on service. “We’re exploring ways where we can save some money on vehicles without becoming too slow on our vehicle replacement schedule. As we prepare next year’s budget, we’re looking to scale back on our vehicle replacement to save some funds in 2011. One of the ways we thought we could do that most efficiently is to act with some funds from 2010 that are unspent from the police department’s capital budget, which would allow us to take advantage on some lower prices on a vehicle that’s going to be phased out.”
• agreed to consider paying James G. Zupka, CPA, Inc. Garfield Heights, Ohio, $151,135 over five years for the purpose of conducting the 2010 through 2014 audits.
• agreed to consider a grant proposal from the Ohio Traffic Safety office and submitted by the Oregon Police Division. Assistant Police Chief Paul Magdich said the $33,000 grant is for high visibility or targeted enforcement.
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