Wausau to seek $600,000 CDBG grant

Published: Friday, November 15, 2013 at 12:16 PM.

WAUSAU — Town officials approved Fred Fox Enterprises taking the first steps toward seeking a $600,000 Community Development Block Grant for Wausau during Thursday’s Town Council meeting.

David Fox, project manager for Fred Fox Enterprises of St. Augustine was on hand for a public hearing which preceded the council meeting and during which Fox explained the process of applying for a 2013 CDBG grant.

“The first step is we need to appoint a Citizens Advisory Task Force,” Fox said. “Then we need to advertise the task force meetings and discuss possible projects.”

Fox also ran through a Fair Housing workshop for the audience, which discussed the history of the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The Fair Housing workshop was also one of the requirements en route to applying for a CDBG grant.

During the regular meeting, council members voted to allow Fred Fox Enterprises to begin the initial steps toward applying for the grant, and they approved a list of five potential members for the Citizens Advisory Task Force, three of whom were in the audience.

One project the town has been wanting to fund is a new fire station, and the town has initial plans already drawn up for the facility. Fox said the CDBG grant could be used for a fire station.

A new category that is being added to CDBG grants is the ability to use the funds to fight blight in communities — which means using grant money to destroy unsightly abandoned structures.

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