DANVILLE — City officials continue to use Community Development Block grant funds for demolitions of dilapidated structures each year.
In a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), aldermen will consider approval for tonight, 65 structures were demolished between April 2012 and May 2013 using private and public funds.
Twenty more structures also have been removed with CDBG funds and funding from an economic development initiatives grant. Since 2006, there have been more than 250 demolitions.
Members of the city council’s Public Services Committee meet at 6 tonight at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St. Committee members will consider approving the CAPER for program year 2013.
Public hearings on the report are at 9 a.m. today at the Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St., today’s 6 p.m. Public Services Committee meeting at city hall, 17 W. Main St., and at 2 p.m. Wednesday also at city hall.
The annual report is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to show how the city spent its CDBG funds. Funding is used for rehabilitating houses, handicapped accessibility projects and other projects.
For the next program year, funding has been proposed for: $110,365 for rehabilitation of owner-occupied homes for the second year in Vermilion Heights; $80,000 for accessibility modifications; $80,000 for economic development; $300,000 for blight removal/demolitions; $30,000 for Neighborhood Impact Program (exterior house improvements); $10,000 for Danville Rescue Mission building improvements; $15,000 for Crosspoint at the Y (Your Family Resource Connection) building improvements; and $74,000 for Fair Oaks/Moore Street security improvements. There also are administrative reimbursement costs.
Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said plans for Moore Street won’t begin until funding is received. There could be some resident re-locations and demolitions.
Eisenhauer said city officials also have discussed establishing a roof repair fund for needy residents.
“What we’ve recognized is that once you lose the roof on a structure, you lose the structure,” he said.
He said there are many houses with roof issues, including some where home owners use tarps. Roof problems and the need for roof repairs is the No. 1 challenge determined in a city structure survey, Eisenhauer said. The cost for roof repairs is a challenge for many homeowners.
In other business at tonight’s Public Services Committee meeting, aldermen will consider enacting and adopting a supplement to the city’s code of ordinances.
Aldermen also will hear other department reports.