The Board of Directors of Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU) voted to extend a rate-reduction measure, which was originally set to expire at the end of May. The reduction of the power supply adjustment by one-half will result in an approximate 15% reduction in electric costs for customers.
What: Community Development Advisory Committee regular public meeting
When: 3 p.m., May 6, 2020
Where: Via teleconference
Agenda will be posted at bryantx.gov/community-development
The City of Bryan’s Community Development Advisory Committee will hold its regular public meeting, which will include four public hearings to address federal regulations relative to citizen participation for Community Planning and Development Programs; applicable waivers made available to those requirements through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act); and to reallocate funding from the 2019 Community Development Block Grant and Home Investment Partnership programs.
Public hearings will be held on the following substantial amendments:
- Revising and updating the Citizen Participation Plan to include additional language regarding current and future disasters and pandemics as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); reducing the public notice and public comment periods; and providing for the use of virtual public meetings for social distancing, when appropriate. This amendment also increases the amount of funds that can be reallocated before a substantial amendment is required from 10 percent to 15 percent.
- Revising the City of Bryan’s 2015-2019 5-Year Consolidated Plan to include as a goal statement the creation of a disaster/pandemic response plan, including policies and procedures to address the local impact of these types of catastrophes, as allowed by HUD guidance, waivers and/or streamlined regulations.
- Revising the City of Bryan’s 2019 Annual Action Plan to enable the city to receive and administer $494,864 in Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funding from HUD. Eligible activities could include assistant low- and moderate-income households with rental assistance for up to three months, food programs, business assistance to retain low- and moderate-income employees, and support of other COVID-19 response services.
This funding and any additional CDBG funding that may be available to the city by HUD through the CARES Act will be used for the same purposes of the initial allocations – to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and facilitate assistance to eligible businesses, agencies, households and people economically impacted by the virus.
- Reprogramming $75,000 of FY 2019-2020 HOME major rehabilitation/reconstruction program funding to establish a new FY 2019-2020 tenant-based rental assistance program in response to COVID-19 and use HOME waivers for the funded program.
All of the substantial amendments are subject to approval by the Bryan City Council and HUD.
How to give feedback
The CDAC will participate in the meeting via teleconference due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in-person comments cannot be accommodated. Members of the public can submit comments in the following ways:
- Before the meeting: Submit comments regarding agenda items only in writing via email to email@example.com. CDAC members will review these comments during the meeting.
- During or after the meeting: Submit comments for the public hearings on the substantial amendments by calling 979.209.5175 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org through May 11, 2020.
Members of the public are also encouraged to take a survey on the impact of COVID-19. You can fill out the survey online or download it and mailing it to: City of Bryan Community Development, P.O. Box 1000, Bryan, Texas 77805.