Cleburne City Council members on Tuesday night approved $1,400 facade grant for Modern Monument Works.
Company owners plan to replace broken windows, add new signs with their updated logo to their downtown building, install new panels with their updated logo to their sign pole and repaint their sign pole and frame.
The estimated costs of those projects comes to $2,800 qualifying them for a $1,400 city match grant.
Cleburne Economic Development Manager Grady Easdon said grant funding remains available in the facade grant. The bad news is that it runs out at the end of the city’s fiscal year on Sept. 30. The good news is that council have provisionally agreed to refund the grant to the tune of $50,000 in the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
Council will officially vote on the budget for the upcoming year on Sept. 10.
The facade grant offers a 50 percent grant up to $5,000 toward exterior repairs to buildings in the downtown district.
Easdon and City Manager Steve Polasek remind residents that, for purposes of the grant, the downtown district includes much of east and west Henderson Street and north and south Texas 174.
Council members rezoned three small properties to Single Family Dwelling District.
All four parcels are vacant and are .21 of an acre or less in size.
The city acquired all four through tax foreclosures. The plan, city officials said, is to auction the properties allowing the purchasers to construct homes on them and return them to the tax rolls. The properties were previously zones light industrial and/or multi family.
“We have a lot of these lots with those industrial or commercial zoning,” Mayor Scott Cain said. “The problem is that once you go to build a house or develop the property you run into complications with the banks when the properties are zoned those ways.”
Three of the properties are connected those being 720, 722 and 724 North Border Street. The fourth is at 812 N. Colorado St.
“Formerly we had addressed these properties around town in a piecemeal fashion,” Cain said. “Since then I’ve asked staff to gather these together to bring before council.”
Cain joined Personnel Director Debra Powledge to commend Cleburne police officer Clfton McFatridge who was named the city’s All Star Award recipient for June. The All Star Award recognizes those employees who go above and beyond duty’s call.
McFatridge received the award, Powledge said, thanks to his efforts toward a veteran with mental health issues. McFatridge spent extra time with the veteran, helped the man secure a hotel room for the night and returned to help get him in touch with area veterans groups who can provide additional help.
McFatridge remains on active duty but his wife, Erin McFatridge, accepted the award on his behalf.