City commission moves community development block grant forward

Charlie Denison

During Monday’s City Commission meeting, Lewistown City Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding for the Montana Department of Commerce non-competitive Community Development Block Grant between the City of Lewistown, Snowy Mountain Development Corporation and Montana Homeownership Network Inc.

Snowy Mountain Development Corporation serves as the project manager for this application, which was submitted by the City of Lewistown. To make this block grant possible, NeighborWorks (a nonprofit out of Great Falls dedicated to revitalizing declining neighborhoods) is collaborating with the Certified Housing Development Organization “to ensure that all financial requirements affecting an individual’s existing or anticipated mortgage obligations follow HUD guidance guidance and all assisted indivudals are provided housing counseling prior to any rehab work being completed,” according to a management plan from the City, which was also approved Monday night.

If approved, the block grant will be used to provide housing rehabilitation.

Project management activities involved with this project include preparing the environmental review, preparing a request for release of funds to MDOC, developing a contract with MDOC, overseeing contracted services and more.

The project is in its preliminary stages. SMDC’s Carly Wheatley is currently serving as the city’s liaison with MDOC.

City Commission Chair Dave Byerly said this is an exciting opportunity for the City of Lewistown and he enjoys working with SMDC.

“We appreciate the relationship we have with you,” he told the representatives of SMDC.


Other Business

• Byerly read a resolution Monday declaring Tuesday, April 4 as a day of recognition for national service.

“Lewistown is blessed with so many individuals and organizations who work tirelessly to support and improve our community,” Byerly read during the meeting. The day is dedicated to all those who “give up their time and resources, skills and talents to make Lewistown a wonderful place to live and work.”

• Commissioners approved the designation of an environmental certifying official for the City of Lewistown’s community development.




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