McComb selectmen revisited the possibility of applying for a home rehabilitation grant at Tuesday’s work session.
George Smith of the Smith & Smith grant writing service in Metairie, La., who addressed the board in December, again explained for the board that the city can apply for up to $750,000 to rehab or renovate homes in the city.
The city must partner with a local bank to apply for the grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas. No match is required, and the city would only pay Smith & Smith if the grant is awarded.
At the full amount of $750,000, McComb would pay Smith & Smith $45,000 for its services. Lesser amounts, which could be awarded, would result in larger fees to Smith & Smith on a sliding scale.
Smith said the city needs to act quickly to register with the FHLB as a prospective applicant, identify a contact at a local bank to work with FHLB, and conduct a survey of homes that may be eligible and determine the demand for rehab grants.
The application window opens on April 1, and applications are due by May 15.
“If you want to do this, you need to move,” Smith said. “It takes about two months to develop an application.”
Smith said his company have helped to win grants for Laurel, Mound Bayou and Cleveland.
Selectmen will further consider the matter Tuesday.
In other business, the board:
• Heard a report on the upcoming Community Cleanup and Block Party planned March 30 in McComb, with cleanup citywide, centered on churches and congregations, and party at the Bo Diddley Pavilion.
• Heard from Mayor Quordiniah Lockley that he has discussed finding state funding to repair a bridge on Hamilton Street with Rep. Angela Cockerham, who also is the board attorney.
• Reviewed evaluation forms from Biloxi and Jackson for ideas on instituting quarterly evaluations for McComb employees.
• Heard a request from Nannett Miller to review and lighten garage sale restrictions.
• Asked Mississippi Tobacco Coalition area representative Tabitha Wilson to work with area businesses on building support for a smoke-free ordinance in McComb.
• Heard a request for resort status for prospective business M&P Daiquiri Shop.
• Considered selling retired police Lt. Shannon Sullivan his service weapon for $1.
• Noted upcoming payments of $9,704.17 to the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, $58,256.61 to Griner Drilling Service for Water Well No. 5, and $70,750 to Greenbriar Digging Service for pump replacement at the city water plant.
• Noted the next board work session will be held March 19 at the McComb Public Library.