St. Joseph City Council helped the Land Bank move forward with the redevelopment of damaged buildings after voting to reduce administrative penalties on four properties at their Monday meeting.
Properties have racked up fines for being neglected and having dilapidated structures. The board has cut nearly $ 20,000. This allows the Land Bank to acquire the property and market it for redevelopment.
There were five properties in total on the agenda, but one of the owners failed to complete the necessary paperwork so the vote was postponed.
These properties will be Land Bank’s first acquisitions since its inception about two years ago. The organization was created to fight blight and rot by buying dilapidated structures and finding people to rehabilitate them.
“This is what other cities are doing too, going to some of their neighborhoods and really being able to fix it,” said City Councilor Brenda Blessing. “Some need a lot, others may not have that many, but I think it’s a good idea. We’re a little late in getting things started, but it was a great law that we had to pass. It will be nothing but the future growth of St. Joe.
Earlier Monday, the Land Bank Board voted to go ahead with the acquisition of the same properties the council waived fines for – 1213 Isadore Street, 5908 Lockout Street, 1201 Corby Street and 204 N. 17th Street.
The next step for the Land Bank is to obtain title to these properties.
Other notable bills and resolutions adopted:
The council approved $ 122,655 for five new unmarked Chevrolet Equinox vehicles for the police department.
Mobile radios for firefighters
An application will be made to the Department of Homeland Security for a firefighter assistance grant of $ 570,000 for mobile radios. The city will be required to provide $ 51,818.18 as part of the grant.
Council approved $ 89,932.72 in sewer credit to Countryside Mobile Home Estates for estimated amounts that were billed, although the discharge did not enter the sewer system.
CDBG and HOME program funds
The city will submit the Year 2 Annual Plan for the use of FY2022 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Program funds.
Council authorized the signing of a rental agreement with the Greater Saint Joseph Community Action Partnership for a space in the Horace Mann Community Center.
The council accepted a $ 15,000 grant from the Pets for the Elderly Foundation to reduce animal adoptions for the elderly.