City of Waco - Public Notices
The City of Waco regularly posts public information and legal notices to keep the community informed. For more information contact the City Secretary at 750-5750 or come by the office on the 1st floor of City Hall, 300 Austin Avenue.
Notice of Availability for review:
2013/2014 Consolidated Annual Action Plan
The City of Waco’s Housing and Community Development Service’s Citizen Participation Plan requires that the City make available to the public, for at least 30 days prior to the approval by the Mayor and City Council, a draft of the Consolidated Plan and Consolidated Annual Action Plan including the City’s plans for the use of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and, HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds.
This allows citizens opportunity to examine and submit comments on the proposed plan. These Plans will be available for review beginning May 1, 2013 through June 3, 2013.
Projected funds for the program year 2013 funds that will be available October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014 and types of activities that can be funded are as follows:
- Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG): $1,277,507
- Program Administration: Administrative cost and carrying charges to the planning and execution of community development activities assisted in whole or in part with CDBG funds.
- Public Services: Includes but not limited to job training and employment services, health care and substance abuse services, child care, crime prevention, fair housing counseling, energy conservation, welfare services (excluding income payments), and the operation or maintenance of a facility in which a public service activity is located.
- Other: Includes acquisition of real property for any public purpose, disposition of real property that is acquired with CDBG funds or through the urban renewal program, or the retention of such property for public purpose, public facilities and improvements, clearance activities, relocation assistance, homeownership assistance, construction of housing if carried out by a community based development organization, rehabilitation of residential buildings, low income public housing, and publicly or privately owned commercial or industrial buildings, code enforcement, historic preservation, renovation of closed buildings for use as an eligible public facility or housing, and economic development activities.
- HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME): $539,188
- Program Administration: Administrative and planning costs of the HOME program
- Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO): Funds must be set aside for investment in housing that is to be developed, sponsored, or owned by a CHDO.
- Other: Homeowner rehabilitation, homebuyer activities (acquisition, rehabilitation, and construction), rental housing (acquisition, construction, rehabilitation), and tenant based rental assistance.
Draft copies of the 2013/2014 Consolidated Annual Action Plan will be available to the public from May 1, 2013 through June 3, 2013 at the following locations:
City Secretary Office Housing and Community Development Services
City of Waco City of Waco
City Hall City Hall, Ground Floor
300 Austin Avenue 300 Austin Avenue
Waco, Texas 76702 Waco, Texas 76702
Waco-McLennan County Library locations:
Central Library East Waco Branch Library
1717 Austin Avenue 901 Elm Street
Waco, Texas 76701 Waco, Texas 76704
South Waco Branch Library West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
2737 South 18th Street 5301 Bosque Blvd. Suite 275
Waco, Texas 76706 Waco, Texas 76710
Written comments on the proposed plan should be submitted to the Housing and Community Development Services at the address listed below no later than 5:00 p.m., June 3, 2013.
Housing and Community Development Services, City of Waco
City Hall, Ground Floor
300 Austin Avenue
Waco, Texas 76702
FEDERAL GRANT REVIEW
The City of Waco is working with the National Park Service (NPS) and others to develop a Memorandum of Agreement for mitigation of adverse impacts to historical property and the conversion of property at Fort Fisher to remove recreational use only restrictions relating to a 1967 Land and Water Conservation Fund (L&WCF) Grant.
In 1967, the City of Waco obtained a L&WCF grant for Outdoor Recreation through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) for development of parks along the Brazos River. The grant was to assist (a) with acquisition of 4.62 acres to complete a 35 acre Lake Brazos Recreation area and (b) with the construction of service storage building, concession building, restrooms and shower facilities, camping units, picnic units, fishing piers, hiking, trails and walks, roads, parking facilities and utilities in the Park site. The land that was used for the L&WCF project included several tracts that had been acquired by the City of Waco at different points in time and had been used as a cemetery as well as property obtained from Southern Pacific Railroad through condemnation.
When Byron Johnson was hired as the Director of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in 1996, one of his charges was to develop a master plan for the Museum. He attempted to locate records relating to the work done starting in 1967, but located very few records. In the period between 1967 and 1996, files related to the initial L&WCF project and grant agreement in 1967 were misplaced, lost or disposed of. The files that were maintained were stored and not indexed in a manner that allowed them to be easily located. Consequently, the development of master plan did not take into consideration the restrictions of the L&WCF grant. Mr. Johnson was aware that a cemetery had been located in at least portions of Ft. Fisher Park, so out of an abundance of caution he proposed that the City conduct an archaeological survey prior to beginning work the foundation for the proposed Texas Rangers Headquarters and Education Center to see if anything remained from the cemetery underneath the proposed site for the new building. American Archaeology Group (“AAG”) was retained to perform the survey.
The October 2006 archaeology survey of the planned building footprint area was conducted under Texas Antiquities Permit Number 4255 issued by the Texas Historical Commission (“THC”). During the survey, two burial features, i.e., crypts, were found, but no remains. AAG’s report to THC concluded with the recommendation that “the City of Waco be allowed to proceed with the current proposed project and archaeological monitoring is not necessary.” That report was filed with THC on or about October 22, 2007. THC accepted the recommendation of AAG on or about December 6, 2007.
When work on the building foundation started, some remains were discovered on May 11, 2007. Additional remains were discovered when work began on a sewer line a short time later. Since that time, several different Antiquities Permits have been acquired from THC to perform archaeological work on the site in conjunction with the Texas Ranger Headquarters and Education Center and the Riverwalk extension.
The City of Waco is seeking removal of the Ft. Fisher area from the 1967 L&WCF grant restrictions regarding outdoor recreation use by substituting another parcel for outdoor recreation use. A Section 106 review of the Ft. Fisher area is a necessary part of the conversion process under the NHPA. As part of the Section 106 process, it is necessary to develop a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the National Park Service, the Texas Historical Commission, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the City of Waco to minimize or mitigate adverse impacts on historic properties.
The National Parks Service, as the agency responsible for the oversight of the conversion process, has now issued a second draft of a proposed MOA. The NPS cover letter and that MOA draft can be downloaded for review. Interested parties are invited to review the draft MOA and provide their comments to NPS.
Comments may be sent to:
Mr. Roger Knowlton
Outdoor Recreation Planner
Recreation Grants Division
National Parks Service
601 Riverfront drive
Omaha, Nebraska 68102