From staff reports
Homeowners in Caldwell County whose homes were damaged during Winter Storm Uri may be eligible for repair funding made available through Meals on Wheels of Central Texas.
The organization has secured a million dollar grant from actor Matthew McConaughey’s Just Keep Livin ‘Foundation, which is available to middle-income homeowners whose homes still need repairs, Charles said. Cloutman, vice president of home repair for meals on wheels for Central Texas, who spoke at a Dec. 7 meeting of Lockhart city council.
“I was tortured that for years we didn’t have enough funds in Caldwell County,” Cloutman said. “I was tickled pink so I could apply for a grant to the Matthew McConaughey Foundation. We want to make sure that this work is well done and well thought out, and we want to keep the owners involved in the process. We just try to serve our customers and turn every stone over to make a difference.
To qualify, you must be a homeowner, provide copies of your income and assets, meet gross income guidelines, and have family income that is 80% or less of the median. Household income requirements to qualify range from a maximum of $ 55,400 for a household of one to a maximum of $ 104,450 for a household of eight.
Eligible repairs include repairs or replacement of windows / doors, repair / replacement of roof due to damage caused by ice, water pipes and wellheads, interior / exterior repairs to the house and preventative repairs if weather damage could cause health and safety concerns. However, it is important to note that some repairs may require a building permit.
Cloutman said callers would have the benefit of speaking to bilingual reception specialists.
“We just want to help them,” he said. “These people are suffering. I wrote the grant as I wanted and they accepted it.
The way the program is built allows for major repairs to homes rather than patchwork patches, said Cloutman, who estimated the average cost of repairs needed at homes in the area to be around $ 15,000.
“How can you fix water pipes while leaving a hole in the roof, a hole in the ground, or broken windows?” The old pipes are getting clogged and you don’t know it. Then they freeze and they explode, ”he continued. “The poor and low-income people don’t have the money to fix these things and we are responding to that. “
Mayor Lew White thanked Cloutman for the work his organization was doing in Lockhart and Caldwell counties.
“I would just like to say how much of a surprise it was when I saw the home improvement project that was going on on Center Street a few weeks ago,” White said. “I think it was the home of a disabled veteran, and you could see how grateful they were. They were two of your greatest cheerleaders. It was really enlightening for me to learn more about this wonderful service.
For more information or to apply, call Meals on Wheels of Central Texas at (512) 678-8171.
Council hears updates on water improvements
Council members heard a report from Director of Public Works, Sean Kelley, who briefed Council on the expansion of the heavy duty pump station at the water treatment plant. The project includes the addition of two new large pumps with an estimated project cost of $ 570,000 which will be paid for with funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.
The improvements will help the city exceed future water pressure and distribution requirements. As currently assembled, Lockhart can deliver water at 3,000 gallons per minute, but the estimated demand by 2027 is expected to be 3,531 gallons per minute. Replacing a 600 gpm pump with a 1,200 gpm pump and adding another 1,200 gpm pump will provide the city with a total of four high pressure service pumps in the city. ” a capacity of 4,800 gal / min.
Completion is slated for 2022, although Kelley said supply chain issues could delay the project.
Other city council updates include:
The mayor issued a proclamation declaring December 1-7 as “Tree of Angels” week for the Lockhart Police Department Victim Services. The Tree of Angels program was created by People Against Violent Crime, a state-wide organization, to provide communities with a way to remember those who lost their lives in violent crime by hanging an angel from the tree with the name of the victim, accompanied by a ceremony. Due to COVID-19, the ceremony at Lockhart was virtual.
City Council approved an ordinance amending Chapter 12 of the City of Lockhart Ordinance Code, pertaining to buildings and building regulations, to adopt the 2018 International Building Codes, which include the following: building, existing building code, residential code, plumbing code, fuel and gas code, mechanical code, energy code, swimming pool and spa code and the national electrical code of 2017. These new changes will come into effect in 30 days.
Lockhart’s animal services division has moved from the city’s public works department to the Lockhart Police Department, as recommended by a consultant from the Animal Control and Care Academy. Acting Sgt. David Martinez acts as supervisor.