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Lyford approves plan for 10 more 'HOME' houses

BY ALLEN ESSEX
Staff Writer


LYFORD CITY COMMISSION MEMBERS during Monday night’s meeting. 
(Photo by Allen Essex) LYFORD CITY COMMISSION MEMBERS during Monday night’s meeting. (Photo by Allen Essex) Lyford approved on Mon-

day 10 more bids to build homes for low-income people through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs’ HOME program.

Three of the homes will be built soon and seven were approved, pending a funding award from the TDHCA, which acts as a conduit for funds granted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Seven houses were completed under the HOME program in the past year, six of them are three-bedroom houses that cost $68,000 each and one is a four-bedroom house that cost $78,840.

City commissioners and Mayor Jose G. “Wally” Solis discussed preparations for heavy rainfall or a possible tropical storm or hurricane. Public Works Director Joe Cabrera said the city only had about 250 sandbags in the warehouse. But Solis and Public Safety Director Andy Maldonado attended a countywide meeting on Tuesday to prepare for possible heavy rain or tropical storms and learned Willacy County officials are having large amounts of sandbags brought in and will distribute them to all communities.

Commissioners approved Maldonado attending a Forensic Pathology training program in Richmond, Texas Oct. 24-27.

They also approved Benito Estrada and Joe Cabrera to attend the Valley Building Officials Conference on South Padre Island Oct. 4-6.

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