[Ord. No. 414 §1, 8-8-1996]
The purpose of the rehabilitation program is to correct code violations, overcrowded or unsanitary conditions, to improve the housing and living environment for persons of low to moderate income levels living in the City of Gerald, Missouri.
[Ord. No. 414 §2, 8-8-1996]
The program is devised to conserve the City's present housing stock.
Low to moderate income families, as hereinafter defined in Section 415.040, will receive rehabilitation work.
A quarterly review of the program shall be conducted to determine if changes or refinements are needed.
City Codes will be followed in all work performed and in the installation of all materials.
All work will be done by qualified and licensed contractors.
Grants are limited to one (1) per property.
The program will encompass the target area as outlined in the Community Development Application, as noted herein in Section 415.040(E).
The Housing Inspector (H-I) shall be responsible for the making of all decisions as to the method used in rehabilitating the property with the right of appeal by the owner to the governing body of the City.
Competitive bids shall be let on each project and the lowest responsible selected, subject to approval of the Housing Inspector (and the governing body of the City). Minority contractors may receive negotiated bids, if approved by the Housing Inspector (and the governing body of the City).
Inspections of the work shall be made to insure that it fulfills the terms of the grant and contract agreement before payment is submitted.
City Council members, public works employees, the Mayor, City employees and City officials shall not be eligible for grant assistance, contract or subcontract for any work, or have any personal interest, direct or indirect, in any contract under this project.
[Ord. No. 414 §3, 8-8-1996]
This is a voluntary program. All interested persons must make application before any action can be taken.
Applicants who qualify will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. An emergency situation will receive priority. All decisions pertaining to emergencies will be made by the Housing Inspector and administrator of the project, whose decision must be approved by the governing body of the City before becoming effective.
A complete house inspection will be made by the program Housing Inspector. A deficiency list will be prepared and submitted to the property owner. A work write-up will be prepared, as well as a cost estimate. All decisions concerning repairs to be made to the structure will be made by the Housing Inspector and administrator with the right of appeal by the owner to the governing body of the City.
All items on the work write-up, as well as other pertinent information, will be discussed with the owner and contractor before a contract is signed.
[Ord. No. 414 §4, 8-8-1996]
Income limits for applicants:
The property to be rehabilitated must have been owned by the applicant prior to July 7, 1996. Property will be eligible only if the owner signs an agreement to repay the full grant amount if the property rehabilitated is sold within three (3) years of contract completion or, if rental property, the rent received by the owner is increased in violation of the rent-freeze executed for this property.
An owner-applicant must not have net assets in excess of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000.00), excluding equity on property. A renter-applicant must not have net assets in excess of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000.00).
The owner must have a recorded deed of ownership. A contract for deed properly executed shall not constitute ownership, but shall be considered a rental. The buyer and the seller will be required to make joint application and jointly execute the contract for rehabilitation work. The same applies to renter-applicant, both renter and owner shall be required to jointly apply and execute the contract.
Only properties within the target area will be eligible for grant assistance, except in circumstances which involve minority or handicap needs, as set out in the City's grant application.
[Ord. No. 414 §5, 8-8-1996]
The amount of any approved grant will be the total cost of the rehabilitation, not to exceed the sum of two hundred eighty thousand dollars ($280,000.00).
[Ord. No. 414 §6, 8-8-1996]
Recipients do not repay grants, unless a violation of Section 415.040 Qualifications, of this Chapter occurs.