Coffee Talk: Food Truck and Affordable Housing Forums. Plus, City needs input on future projects

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On Coffee Talk, our Public Information Officer for the City of San Angelo, Anthony Wilson, is discussing CIP, a food truck forum and an affordable housing forum.

The effort to restore City Auditorium to its majestic splendor began in the most mundane

way; it was included in the City’s Capital Improvement Plan. The same is true of other

publicly popular projects: the dog park, the fire training center and MLK

Boulevard’s rebuild.

The City is seeking citizen input on new projects that should be included – or undone projects that warrant higher priority in the updated Capital Improvement Plan.

Citizens can share their thoughts via a short online form at cosatx.us/CIPinput.

The feedback will help the City Council in crafting and passing the 2018 Capital

Improvement Plan.

For responses to be most useful, they should be submitted by Jan. 29.

The plan prioritizes how the City should address large capital needs. Projects must have a useful life of at least three years, cost more than $25,000 and require at least six months to

complete.

Street, water, drainage and park projects are in the CIP, as are new facilities and

facility improvements.

The city charter requires that a five-year CIP be published and available to citizens. The plan can be read in hard copy form at

City Hall, 72 W. College Ave., or online at cosatx.us/budget.

The charter mandates that public input be sought to ensure the CIP reflects citizens’ needs

and wishes.

Once the City Council approves the plan this winter, it will help shape next year’s budget.

CIP projects have a wide range of funding sources. Those include grants, designated revenue, debt instruments, fund balances, and sales and property taxes.

For more information about the CIP or the input process, contact City Budget Coordinator Kimberly Holle at kimberly.holle@cosatx.us or 325-657-4211.

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Food Truck Forum:

The City of San Angelo is hosting a public forum Tuesday, Jan. 30, to answer questions and gather input about the spread of food trucks in the community.

The gathering will be at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Road. The public is invited to attend and participate.

Officials from the City’s Health Services, Planning and Development Services, Police, and Parks and Recreation departments will be on hand to answer questions and hear comments related to the trucks and their operation.

Topics to be discussed at the forum will include:

Permit requirements.

Food truck events.

Ordinances regulating food truck operations.

How zoning affects where and how food trucks may operate.

the forum will be broadcast live on SATV, Suddenlink channel 17, and on the

City of San Angelo Public Information Facebook page.

Afterward, it will be posted on the City’s YouTube channel and will re-air daily on SATV.

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Affordable Housing Forum:

The public can offer thoughts on six proposed housing developments competing for state tax credits during a town hall meeting Feb. 1.

The forum will be at 6 p.m. at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive. Citizens will hear details about the proposed projects vying for funding through the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. The housing proposals are:

Glen Park, by VCZ Development, at 4001 S. Chadbourne St., 60 units, 2-3 bedrooms for family households.

Meadow Falls, by VCZ, 4665 Southland Blvd., 76 units, 2-3 bedrooms for family households.

Balcones Flats, by Herman & Kittle Properties, 913 W. 33rd St., 64 units, 2-3 bedrooms for family households.

The Trails, by Generation Housing Development, 2600 Era St., 72 units, 1-3 bedrooms for family households.

Cherry Trails, by Four Corners Development, on Appaloosa Trails behind The BLVD

Apartments, 48-60 units, 1-2 bedrooms for the elderly.

Twohig Plaza, by Four Corners, 201 S. Chadbourne St., 40-60 units,

1 2 bedrooms for the elderly.

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs makes funding available

through tax credits for single- and multi family rental construction projects.

Credits are awarded through a competitive process.

The state will award credits to only one project from this area, which includes Midland and Odessa. City political and financial support improves a project’s competitiveness and is often the deciding factor in which earns the tax credits.

Two local developments, each for seniors, have earned tax credits each of the last two years. Kirby Park Villas’ 72 units on MLK Drive and 29th Street is under construction.

Construction on the 48-unit Oak Trails complex near Fort Concho begins in the spring.

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