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City eyeing $500,000 in funds to repair tornado-damaged homes

T-R FILE PHOTO From this July 30, 2018 photo, volunteers from John Deere companies in Des Moines, the Greater Des Moines Habitat For Humanity and Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity teamed up to repair a tornado-damaged roof in the 700 block of West Main Street.

The Marshalltown city council is looking at a grand opportunity to acquire $500,000 in funds to repair a number of tornado-damaged homes.

However, a public hearing must be held to allow Marshalltownians the opportunity to comment on the proposal.

At Monday night’s meeting councilors voted 6-0 approving a resolution setting a public hearing at the June 24 council meeting for the purpose of reviewing the $500,000 Iowa Economic Development Authority Community Development Block Grant Project Application.

“This (the CDBG grant) is something we applied for, and were partially awarded,” City Administrator Jessica Kinser said. “Part of the process is we need to have a public hearing. The Iowa Economic Development Authority reminded us of this requirement.”

The tornado — which covered 8.26 miles with a maximum width of 900 yards and peak winds of 144 m.p.h. — destroyed or seriously damaged a significant number of homes, businesses and structures on Main Street and the city’s northside.

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