Eastland, TX February 8, 2018 – Two Eastland families are enjoying brand new homes courtesy of the City of Eastland and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs HOME Program.
The City received a Grant through TDHCA in 2016 to rebuild or renovate three existing homes under the Owner-occupied HOME Program. The HOME program is a competitive application program in which the City of Eastland competed against several other cities to receive the limited number of homes to be funded. Based on the available funds, only three out of twenty applicant cities were funded in the 2016 program cycle. The program is available to low income families who meet HUD income eligibility, own their home and their existing home requires significant renovation/repair. The city accepted applications back in 2016 and after screening the applications and assessing the homes we had three eligible families. The applicants then had to meet ownership requirements before we could proceed with the renovations. Unfortunately, one family could not get clear title for their property and we could only proceed on the remaining two homes.
Mission Construction of Cisco was selected to construct the new homes. The families were given time to remove belongings and were required to move into temporary housing for the duration of construction. The project began in September 2017 with demolition of the existing homes. The homes were completed just two weeks apart. Brenda Gilkey received her keys on January 26, 2018 and Mary Jo Fox accepted her home on February 8, 2018.
The City of Eastland is proud to assist these two families with our 2016 HOME Program. We wish to thank the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for awarding the city the contract for three homes. We also wish to thank our consultants, Gary Traylor and Associates, as well as the builders, Mission Construction, for these outstanding homes. We look forward to applying for future programs if and when they become available.
Due to mechanical breakdown the City of Eastland Convenience Center will only be open from 9-12 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until further notice. Normal hours will resume once equipment repairs are made. We apologize for the inconvience.
As a courtesy to the residents of Eastland, the City of Eastland and Progressive Waste Solutions offers a FREE BAGGED LEAF PICK UP. BAGGED leaves will ONLY be picked up on the 2nd and 4th FRIDAY of each month during this time, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
2017/2018 LEAF PICK UP DATES:
December 8th December 22nd
January 12th January 26th
February 9th February 23rd
March 9th March 23rd
You must call City of Eastland 254-629-8321 24 hours BEFORE pick up date in order to be put on the schedule. Progressive Waste will NOT pick up bagged leaves not scheduled or after March 24th.
Bagged leaves not scheduled, or after March 24th will need to be taken to the City Convenience Center on Monday, Wednesday or Friday with appointment.
Placing any item curbside more than 48 hours before a scheduled pick up violates City Ordinance Article III, Sections 9-19 and 9-21 and may result in a citation being issued.
For more information on this or other City items please stop by Eastland City Hall, 113 E Commerce St. or call 254-629-8321.
CITY UTILITY RATE INCREASES APPEAR IN NOVEMBER BILLING
The recently approved utilities increase for City of Eastland customers will appear in your November bill due December 20th. The increases stem from the increased debt services for construction of the new wastewater treatment plant, as well as increased cost of water purchased from Eastland County Water Supply District.
“All of us with the City regret the need to increase these rates,” said Eastland City Manager Ron Duncan, “but to continue to provide quality services and maintain our water and sewer systems at or above required standards, the increases are necessary.”
For Eastland residents inside the city limits the new rates include a $5 increase to water and a $19.93 to sewer charges for a total of $24.93 per month. These rates will increase the minimum monthly utility bill for water, sewer and garbage to a total of $100.47, up from the previous minimum of $75.74.
Customers outside the city limits, whose rates are higher than customers inside the city limits, will have their minimum increase from $79.14 to $104.79.
City of Eastland utility bills are mailed the last business day of each month and are due by the 20th of the following month.
As conveniences to our customers the City offers two plans including monthly average water billing and bank drafting services.
For questions on this or any other City of Eastland matters, contact Eastland City Hall at 254-629-8321 or drop by 113 E Commerce St.
CITY SEEKS CANDIDATES TO SERVE ON VARIOUS BOARDS
Economic Development, Historic Preservation, Planning & Zoning, Board of Adjustment
The City of Eastland is currently seeking persons interested in serving on city appointed boards that help make vital decisions for the city’s growth and future. As board vacancies arise, each Board will review their applications and submit a list of applicants to the City Commission for appointment. When multiple applications are received the remaining applications will go on file for future appointments. Each board has their own board member guidelines concerning who may serve.
EASTLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Powers/Duties: Among other functions, to develop an economic development plan for the city, set forth goals to accomplish the plan to include but not limited to an economic strategy to bolster the business climate throughout the city; fully utilize the assets of the city to enhance economic development; identify strategies to coordinate public, private, academic resources to develop and enhance business opportunities for all citizens of Eastland. The board shall assure accountability of all tax monies expended.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD:
Powers/Duties: Among other functions, to protect and enhance the landmarks and districts which represent distinctive elements of Eastland’s historic, architectural, and cultural heritage. Encourage stabilization, restoration, and improvements of historic properties and their values.
PLANNING & ZONING BOARD:
Powers/Duties: Among other functions, to make, amend, extend, or add to a Land Use Plan for the physical development of the City; recommend to City Commission approval or disapproval of proposed changes in the zoning districts and/or ordinances; Approve or disapprove the platting or subdividing of land within the corporate limits of the City and within adjacent areas as permitted by law.
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT:
Powers/Duties: Among other functions, to hear and decide appeals where alleged error of law in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made during enforcement of the Planning & Zoning Code; interpret the provisions of the code in such a way as to carry out the intent and purpose of the plan.
For an application, stop by Eastland City Hall at 113 E Commerce St. For more information, contact Shirley Stuart, Bill Dolen or Terry Simmons at 254-629-8321.
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