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The City of Van Buren will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on July 13, 2020, at Van Buren City Hall, located at 1301 Main Street, Van Buren, Mo., to discuss the City’s submission of an application for the Fiscal Year 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The City is interested in obtaining all citizens’ input on community development needs within the city. As part of the hearing process, citizens will be asked to verbally assist in the completion of a Needs Assessment document. The document will detail what the residents feel are the strengths and weaknesses of the community. The City needs as much local participation as possible to reflect the true desires of the community as a whole, as well as the comments relating to the proposed project application. The State has established a maximum application request for each funding category. Activities that are eligible for funding include the improvement of public works, public facilities, housing rehabilitation, and others allowed by law. At least 51% of the funds must be used to benefit low-and-moderate income persons. No displacement of persons is proposed.

The City of Van Buren is proposing water facilities improvements including: 18,100 feet of new lines, new valves, new flush hydrants, two new groundwater source wells, a new 250,000 gallon elevated water storage tank, and a 60,000 gallon standpipe. The area to be addressed includes Van Buren city limits, near Highway 60 and Jason Avenue. The total project cost is $4,400,710. The CDBG request amount is the maximum of $750,000 and will be combined with additional grant and loan funds from USDA. If funded, the project will benefit 52.48% low-to-moderate income persons. All citizens, including those in the targeted area, are encouraged to attend and comment on the proposed activities.

For more information regarding the proposed project, contact Mayor Mike Hoerner at (573) 323-4335.