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Wilmer Council names city projects for county money

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JIM WILLIAMS
Ellis County Press
WILMER - Wilmer City Council voted unanimously to approve $160,075 available in Community Development Block Grant funds from Dallas County to be used for several different maintenance projects in the city.

Projects were named during the regular council meeting Thursday night, June 15 at the community center.

They included citywide clean up, focusing on abandoned houses; water loop for Cottonwood area; and street repair on Dallas Avenue and Good Road.

Mayor Pro-Tem Don Hudson said he wanted some of the money used for Dallas Avenue.

'I make a motion to allot up to $45,000 for the Dallas Avenue project,' Hudson said.

'Granite would do it for $45,000,' City Secretary Crystol Birdwell said.

Council member Billy Wickliffe seconded Hudson's motion, which was approved unanimously.

'I make a motion of at least $8,000 be set aside for clean up,' council member Tiny Lange said.

'It'll take a load off the general fund if we can get the grant,' Wickliffe said.

He seconded Lange's motion, also approved unanimously.

Birdwell told Mayor Eugene Lowe and the council $88,150 was what they allocated last year for the Good Road project.

The city had $50,183 left from last year's CDBG funds.

Hudson recommended allocation of $25,000 for renovation of a home.

Lange made a motion the $8,000 allocation for clean up be changed to $15,000.

'We might want to hold some of this in reserve,' Hudson said.

Then he made a motion allocation for the Dallas Avenue project be increased from $45,000 to $59,500, which was also approved unanimously.

'We'll divide it into amounts where it would equal out,' Lowe said.

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