By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Leader & Times
Two very important Housing and Community Development Department programs got the go ahead from the city commission last Tuesday evening. Director Karen LaFreniere asked for permission to submit the 2011 USDA Mutual Self-Help Housing Grant application, as well as the purchase of 100 smoke detectors and 100 carbon monoxide detectors for the SAFE At Home Program.
During a public hearing, LaFreniere ensured commissioners all legal notices have been filed in regards to the grant application. She also informed them of the amount of the 2011 grant.
“Here for you to take into consideration is another application for our Self-Help Housing Grant,” LaFreniere said. “We are applying for $317,000 for 18 houses.”
Commissioner Bob Carlile made a motion to approve the submission of the grant application, which received a second from Commissioner Larry Koochel. The commission unanimously voted to go forward with the grant process.
LaFreniere then requested the commission purchase necessary equipment for the department’s SAFE At Home Program.
The SAFE At Home Program requires the purchase of 100 smoke detectors with 10-year lithium batteries and 100 carbon monoxide detectors that plug in and also have battery backup. The lowest bid, LaFreniere said, was from Westlake Ace Hardware – in the amount of $3,300.
“I have two bids from local vendors, one from Mead Lumber and one from Westlake for carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms for our SAFE At Home Program,” she said. “The lowest bidder was Westlake.”
Carlile asked LaFreniere how Liberal residents were to participate in the SAFE At Home Program.
“We have them at the North Fire Station and the City Hall office,” she said. “We have them in stock now. They fill out an application and we give it to them there. There are no income qualifications or anything for this program.”
Koochel moved to approve the purchase of 100 smoke detectors and 100 carbon monoxide detectors from Westlake Ace Hardware in the total amount of $3,300. Commissioner Dave Harrison gave the motion a second. All commissioners approved the purchase.