Grantwriter Peggy Matthews said the city is applying for a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant. City officials have started a list of more than 20 structures that would be torn down if the grant application is approved.
“We do not take the property away from the homeowner. All we do is go in there, do away with the house, clean up parts of the lot, and we ask the homeowner to keep the lot clean from then on,” Matthews said.
The city received a $400,000 grant in 2007 that was used to rid the city of more than 90 abandoned structures.
The grant application is due July 10.
Matthews said homeowners will be asked to sign right of entry forms and provide a copy of their deed before their property will be included in the project. Residents who would like to add properties to the list are asked to contact City Hall before July 10.
In other action from the meeting, the council:
•Approved a retail wine license for BP Foodmart.
•Adopted an ordinance formalizing changes made to the city’s zoning ordinance at the May 13 meeting. The bulk of the changes brought additional properties into the downtown business district.