Victoria Building Mugs

The Victoria City Council meets at the Municipal Court building, 107 W. Juan Linn.

Victoria’s City Council on Tuesday will discuss the next steps toward using the grants the city received to help fund local Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

The council will consider a resolution regarding two federal grants that were allocated to the city after Harvey: a $6 million grant for infrastructure projects and a $2.4 million grant for local buyouts in the city’s flood-prone neighborhoods.

This funding, allocated to the city last fall, comes from $5 billion the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development designated to Texas after the storm. The money is distributed via HUD’s Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery and is being administered locally by the Texas General Land Office.

Assistant City Manager John Kaminski previously said the $6 million for infrastructure will largely be used to improve drainage in areas where floods are frequent, including installing and repairing floodgates along the Guadalupe River and installing a permanent pump station to pump stormwater over the levee and into the river when the floodgates are closed.

The buyout program will allow the city to buy homes in the city’s flood plains, then demolish the structures, leaving permanent open spaces.

The council’s next step is to submit grant applications, which GrantWorks Inc. is preparing. The deadline to submit grant applications is Aug. 30, but city spokesman O.C. Garza said the city will try to submit the applications as soon as possible.

A resolution to authorize submitting the completed applications will be presented at a future meeting.

Also, the council will discuss a resolution about the Citizen Participation Plan, which will include a variety of ways for residents to examine and comment on proposed projects.

The process for local governments and individuals to receive and use federal disaster funding is lengthy and bureaucratic, Garza said, but Tuesday’s meeting is a step forward.

The council is also expected to meet privately Tuesday to discuss potential economic development negotiations about a business prospect, according to the meeting agenda.

Morgan Theophil covers local government for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6511, mtheophil@vicad.com or on Twitter.

You must be logged in to react.
Click any reaction to login.
0
0
0
0
0

Local Government Reporter

Morgan Theophil covers local government for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6511, mtheophil@vicad.com or on Twitter.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Transparency. Your full name is required.
Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. And receive photos, videos of what you see.
Don’t be a troll. Don’t be a troll. Don’t post inflammatory or off-topic messages, or personal attacks.

Thank you for Reading!

Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to read or post comments.

To subscribe, click here. Already a subscriber? Click here.