CLEARWATER – During the regular meeting of the Clearwater City Council on March 2, city leaders took care of some housekeeping items during the 90-minute session.
• The Clearwater City Council approved a loan to Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County in an amount not to exceed $600,000 for the construction of 13 three-bedroom single-family homes within the 600 block of North Garden Avenue.
Funding for the loan includes $450,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOME Investment Partnership Program and $150,000 from the State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program.
The total cost of the project is expected to top $1.6 million, with the first home completed by the end of summer. The remaining properties are expected to be developed by July 2018.
• The city also entered into a five-year interlocal agreement with Pinellas County to utilize Ross Norton Parks and Recreation complex as a disaster shelter.
This agreement provides for the facilities and necessary personnel before, during and following a disaster.
• The council scheduled a special work session on Tuesday, April 25, 9 a.m., for the purpose of holding a strategic planning session.