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Presidio council approves planning grant app

March 16th, 2017 under Top Stories

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — The Presidio City Council on Thursday approved the application for a Texas Department of Agriculture grant that could finance the city’s first comprehensive plan in decades.

The Texas Department of Agriculture Planning and Capacity Building Grant could bring the city up to $55,000 to fund the creation of a comprehensive plan. Presidio has not applied for the grant since 1988.

Elected public servants approved a bid from Kleinman Consultants and held a public hearing in a special meeting on Monday, March 6. In the city’s regular meeting on Thursday, March 9, the council approved a resolution authorizing Presidio’s grant application.

The approved resolution commits the city to appropriate 15 percent or up to $8,250 in matching funds, “as a demonstration of local support to the planning project,” according to the resolution. The resolution also appoints the Mayor of Presidio to act as the city’s executive officer and representative on all matters related to this particular grant program.

Funds from the grants are usually spent on planning land use, housing, water distribution and zoning ordinances, among other things, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture.

The deadline for the city to apply for the grant is March 24.

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