Fairmont seeking partner to pursue state grant


First Posted: 1/15/2009

FAIRMONT — The town Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a plan to partner with neighboring Rowland and nearby Chadbourn in an effort to capture a $75,000 Urgent Repair Grant from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency.
The towns hope to garner the grant and split it three ways, said Town Manager Blake Proctor.
“I’d rather get one-third of $75,000 than nothing,” Proctor said.
Fairmont has partnered with other towns in the past as part of the housing repair program, which requires an applicant have a population of more than 5,000.
For several years, Fairmont had partnered with Maxton, This year when Proctor contacted Maxton officials about a joint application he learned Maxton was partnering with Red Springs.
“So I got with Rowland and they’d never heard of the program,” Proctor said.
The application is due by Dec. 1.
Proctor said each town would have to pay a $1,500 application fee, but that won’t be required until the end of 2009. The fees would not have to be paid if the application is denied, he said.
Proctor praised the program, saying it’s a good way to secure funding to improve neighborhoods in town. The money would be used to repair homes in need of roofing, flooring and electrical repairs. Proctor said the agency has also authorized weatherization improvements, including door and window repairs and installation.
Residents applying for the program would be graded on a point system verifying size of the family, ages, disabilities, single-parent households, and income requirements.
The NCHFA allows up to $5,000 in repairs for each home.
In other business the board:
— Set a public hearing for 6 p.m. on Dec. 16 for the annexation of about 10 acres that abut the eastern edge of town. This will be a voluntary annexation of the parcel and moves the Harger Lightning & Grounding Company closer to reviving an idled manufacturing plant, which is expected to create about 100 jobs. The venture is dependent on the town providing sewer service to the facility on N.C. 130 East.
— Authorized the town manager to borrow up to $125,000 with a payback period not to exceed six years for a major drainage improvement and flood control project in the area near Canal, Stafford and Marvin streets.

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