Crocker held a public hearing to discuss the 2018 Community Block Grant the city is seeking in the hopes of hearing the public’s questions and concerns.

On Monday evening, Mayor Glen Smith held the meeting and met with the public. As part of the hearing process, citizens were asked to verbally assist in the completion of a Public Needs Assessment document. The document detailed what the residents felt are the strengths and weaknesses of the community.

Citizens gave input to what the top five priority needs are for Crocker. Cleanup of abandoned buildings topped the list which is what the Community Development Block Grant will assist with. Citizens also wanted to see road enhancement, additional employment opportunities, a health clinic and pharmacy, and a youth center.

Activities that are eligible for funding include the improvement of public works, public facilities, and housing rehabilitation. At least 51% of the funds must be used to benefit low or moderate income persons. The city is proposing to demolish 20 residential and 2 commercial structures around town to eliminate dilapidated and vacant properties. These structures have proven to be hazardous with broken windows and collapsing roofs or floors. The decaying structures are also believed to discourage new development opportunities.

The properties considered to be demolished include:

·         320, 322, and 407 11thStreet

·         207 and 208 Hawkins Street

·         214 Keeth Road

·         102 and 110 Preston Street

·         302 and 318 S. Commercial Street

·         105 S. Old Brumley

·         202 10thStreet

·         113 Center Street

·         107 9thStreet

·         109 Becker Court

·         110 College Street

·         601 and 604 West School Street

·         103 Mark Street

·         302 N. Frisco

·         114 School Street

Research on all properties is being conducted to ensure they are not considered Historical buildings.

The Mayor, with the help of MPRC’s Kelly Sinclair, will be submitting the grant paperwork by its deadline of April 1, 2018. If approved, funding is expected around fall of this year.

When asked if the grant is not approved, how the community can help in beautification of the town, the Smith said adopting sections of roads to cleanup.

He added, “Everyone working together to pick who is good at what, like mowing, will also help contribute to cleanup.”

The City currently has 123 letters from citizens as support for the grant submittal. Included in the letters for support is one from Senator Brown’s office. Smith has not placed a maximum number on the amount of letters he would like submitted. Rather he believes the more, the better. The Crocker community, as a whole, is encouraged to submit their letters to the City and is not limited to citizens within city limits.

The total project cost is estimated at $376,676.00. The city proposes to contribute $25,300 in cash, $103,576.00 in-kind labor by city crews, with grant funds of $229,400 needed to make up the remaining balance. A total of $18,400.00 in additional funds will come from owner contributions.

For more information on the proposed project, contact Mayor Glen Smith at 573-736-5327.