|By Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press|
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"I think it's an extremely appropriate use of the fund balance," Councilman
He said council unanimously approved a resolution asking the city attorney to establish guidelines and procedures for the flood relief program.
Council is to discuss the matter again Monday at a
On Friday, Mayor
While officials in
Sadowski said the city's rainy day fund is healthy at about
He said the program would help residents with cleanup to create a healthy environment, not refinishing their damaged homes. The loans, Sadowski said, could be for at least five years with payback possibly handled through a special assessment so it's on tax bills, similar to the sidewalk program.
The program would help those who have been hit hard by the economy and don't have the money to hire companies to do a proper cleanup or those who can't afford a loan for the work because of high interest rates.
Sadowski said he is concerned that if the homes aren't cleaned up correctly "two or three months down the line we're going to have a bigger problem on our hands," he said, referring to mold issues.
He said the amount a resident could receive in a loan would be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the amount of water or damage they have. Residents would still be eligible if they have started the cleanup process and would need to show receipts for the work completed, he said.
He said another council member also suggested that residents who take advantage of the program could have permit fees waived or receive help with inspections for electrical and plumbing matters.
Sadowski said he would like to get the program started as quickly as possible.
The group will accept disaster relief applications at the Pontiac office of the county's
Applicants must be a service-connected disabled veteran or his or her widow or widower or dependent; show that the request for monetary assistance is substantiated by the need as compared to his or her resources, and show that his or her loss is not covered by insurance or compensated for by another relief agency.
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