At the regular meeting of the Blanco County Commissioners Court held on February 14, Commissioners heard a report by Ms. Susan Hamm, Board Chairman of the Texas Housing Foundation (THF). She spoke to the Court on behalf of Mark Mayfield, CEO and President of the THF who was present at the meeting.
Ms. Hamm reported that the THF was able to secure site control on the property located at the corner of Blanco Avenue and Chandler Street in Blanco. This is the southwest corner lot. A letter of intent has been secured from Lancaster Pollard for conventional funding. Funds will also be required from HOME funds as well as Affordable Housing Program funds of the Federal Home Loan Bank. “All total,” according to Mr. Mayfield, “we will be looking at approximately $5 million in development costs for a 48-unit family development. Staff is working on the applications now.”
Ms. Hamm reported that the Phase II application for 20 additional units has already been submitted to TDHCA for Creek View Apartments in Johnson City. “We are already working on our Phase III application for the remaining 16 units. It has become very probable that we will be able to build both Phase II and III concurrently. This will allow the complete build-out of the planned 64-unit Creek View Complex. Phase I was 28 units.”
Upon completion of each property, the Texas Housing Foundation “will have brought 112 units of affordable housing development to Blanco County, representing over $12 million dollars of direct economic development activity and serving the needs of hundreds of Blanco County citizens.”
Ms. Hamm emphasized that this is not “low income” housing but very nice “affordable” housing that includes open spaces and recreational facilities for the occupants. Although it is somewhat more expensive to rent than HUD housing, it is still considered to be very affordable. “At first there was a lot of misinformation out there and it took a while to get it settled.” Ms. Hamm mentioned that her term on the THF Board for Blanco County is up for re-appointment.
In other business, Commissioners acknowledged the continuing education hours for County Clerk Karen Newman.
Justice of the Peace for precinct 1, Terry Carter, received authorization from the Court to use technology funds to pay for the iTicket fees which come to $2.00 per conviction.
Commissioners authorized the tax resale of Lot 111 Block 18 of the Lake of the Hills Estates subdivision for $900 and authorized the County Judge to sign the tax resale deed. “This is a small lot in Lake of the Hills,” said Judge Guthrie. “It has already been approved by Blanco I.S.D. which looks forward to getting the property back on the tax rolls.”
The Court acknowledged the preclearance letter issued by the Department of Justice on February 2, 2012, for the 2010 submission of new Commissioner Court, Justice of the Peace and election precincts and gave authorization to publish a public notice regarding the changes for a period of three weeks.
There was a brief discussion led by Commissioner Liesmann concerning a short utility easement that is needed from the Rocking J development for electrical service at the Church Tank tower site near Blanco.