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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Contractors needed for Waynesville home renovation projects

  • Contractors are needed for housing renovation projects in the City of Waynesville. Homes will be improved through Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation’s (MCEC) $203,500 Home Repair Opportunity (HeRO) program grant, funded through the Missouri Housing Development Commission. Approximately 10 homes are expected to be upgraded.


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  • Contractors are needed for housing renovation projects in the City of Waynesville. Homes will be improved through Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation’s (MCEC) $203,500 Home Repair Opportunity (HeRO) program grant, funded through the Missouri Housing Development Commission. Approximately 10 homes are expected to be upgraded.
    Contractors wishing to participate in the program should complete the application on MRPC’s website at www.meramecregion.org. The application deadline is Feb. 29. The renovation work may include weatherization, ADA accessibility, electrical improvements, addressing environmental issues such as lead-based paint and asbestos, plumbing improvements, heating and cooling system upgrades and energy efficiency upgrades.
    The application requests client, supplier, financial references and information on past work experience. To work on this rehab project, contractors must carry liability insurance and workers compensation, if required. Contractors must also be registered with the Secretary of State's Office and cannot be on any federal debarred list. Contractors addressing lead issues also must be certified in new EPA lead course.
    The funds must be used specifically for owner-occupied homes within the designated Waynesville Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri (DREAM) Initiative community area. The City of Waynesville was invited to participate in the DREAM Initiative, which is a state program designated to assist communities with downtown redevelopment and revitalization efforts.
    MCEC is a 501©3 that works in partnership with Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). Meramec Regional Planning Commission will carry out the projects on behalf of MCEC.
    “The purpose of this grant is to provide a better quality of life for low-to-moderate income families to make their homes safer and more energy efficient,” explained MRPC Community Development Specialist Maria Kardon, who serves as project administrator. “Whether it is replacing a roof, installing a new furnace and replacing windows or making the home ADA accessible – the grant is for those homeowners who don’t have the resources to make those improvements.”
    Chuck Cantrell, MRPC housing inspector, will prepare a work write-up for each home selected for the program and will host a walk-through so contractors can see and discuss work to be performed. The work will then bebid, and the homeowner will select the contractor to be used.
    Renovation work usually takes about 45 days per home.
    Contractors needing more information can contact Cantrell at (573) 265-2993 or by email at ccantrell@meramecregion.org. Contractor applications can be sent by request by contacting Lisa Warnke at MRPC at lwarnke@meramecregion.org. Applications can also be picked up at the MRPC office at 4 Industrial Drive in St. James and are available online at www.meramecregion.org.

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