City seeks public input for CDBG mitigation action plan
The City of San Marcos is seeking public comment on a proposed draft of its Community Development Block Grant Mitigation Action Plan and proposed amendments to the CDBG Action Plan for Disaster Recovery.
The city will host a community meeting for the community to provide comment on the CDBG on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the San Marcos Activity Center — 501 E. Hopkins St. — at 6 p.m.
Mitigation Action Plan Status Update
The city created a draft Mitigation Action Plan for the $24 million CDBG Mitigation Grant announced last year from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The plan includes public feedback from a recent priority spending survey and open house into a spending allocation strategy aimed at reducing future losses in areas impacted by the May and October 2015 floods.
The draft plan can be viewed online and print copies are available for review at the San Marcos Public Library and City Hall. Public feedback will be used in the drafting of the final Action Plan.
Disaster Recovery Action Plan Amendments
The city was awarded over $33 million in CDBG Disaster Recovery funds to address the impact of the floods of 2015. The city proposes to change one of the eligibility criteria for grant programs for single family homes related to the two major 2015 floods. The change would make the Disaster Recovery grant programs apply to any single family home citywide that was affected by those two floods, instead of just the homes located in the 100-year floodplain.
Another proposed Disaster Recovery Action Plan amendment would change the Blanco-Riverine storm water infrastructure project to be categorized as an “Acquisition” program instead of “Infrastructure Construction.” With this change, the CDBG Disaster Recovery funding will be used to acquire land needed for the project, and construction will be funded with other sources.
Information about these proposals can be found online at the SMTX flood recovery website and the city flood mitigation website and on paper at the San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins, and City Hall Lobby, 630 E. Hopkins.