Purdy survey deadline looms

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Purdy Mayor Steve Roden, center, and City Clerk Debbie Redshaw, right, reviewed the requirements for documenting household demographics for federal funding. Josť Perez, left, agreed to help with Hispanic residents. Outgoing city council member Ken Real, back left, looked on. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com

May 9 the deadline for income documentation

The Purdy City Council received some welcomed help at its April meeting in collecting the income surveys needed to secure the $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program.

Mayor Steve Roden reported the city now has until May 9 to compile the remaining 70 surveys needed to total 250 examples to document the median income of the community.

The surveys will show the city qualifies for federal financial assistance with its sewer project. Roden handed out packets to aldermen with surveys and addresses that needed sampling for the necessary documentation.

"We need to literally go door to door," Roden said. "We've got [21 days] to get it in or lose the grant. It's becoming really crucial."

Josť Perez, who came to the meeting to point out concerns he had over the installation of new playground equipment in the city park, offered to go to Hispanic residents in the community and take down their answers. Roden enthusiastically accepted Perez's offer to help, and he encouraged the aldermen to visit their friends and others on the randomly-generated list to record demographic information. The surveys turned into Rural Development will have no names, just numbers of households to show that the needed sample was completed.

The surveys help to show the median income of residents. Under federal guidelines, people should pay 2 percent of their household income a year on sewer services. Roden believes 2 percent will calculate to approximately $55 a month. Current funding options place the city's cost at around $72 a month.

Roden said he is continuing to push for additional outside funding to bring the city's cost down to more affordable levels.

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