HOBSON CITY — A housing rehabilitation program funded by the state will improve at least six homes here, the town council announced Monday evening. Each home could benefit from as much as $25,000 in repairs.
Mayor Alberta McCrory said six people have already signed contracts for the work, which will repair roofs, floors and similar sections of homes that need it. McCrory said she doesn’t know when the contractors will start working.
The council has been working on this project for a couple of years, according to McCrory.
“There was a delay due to change of planning staff,” McCrory said. “We also didn’t have a lot of contractors meeting requirements, so we had to hire new ones.”
A total of 16 homes qualify for the program. McCrory said once the other 10 residents prove they’re the owners of their respective properties, then the council will announce a time when it will begin taking more applications.
“The owner has to live on the property in order for them to enroll in the program,” she said. “Sometimes it’s hard because a lot of people who are living in these homes are heirs, so they have to go through a longer process.”
The housing rehab program is funded by money from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.
Council members also announced that the Alabama Rural Water Association will be inspecting the town’s water system this week, either Tuesday or Wednesday. McCrory said workers will run smoke tests to help identify areas of leakage so they can begin to figure out how to make repairs.
“This has been an ongoing problem with the water,” she said. “Old water lines need to be replaced. We’ve had a lot of water loss, so pipes need to be replaced.”
McCrory did state that there isn’t anything wrong with the drinking water.
Hobson City is a member of the water association and pays it a yearly fee, so the water testing is part of the service the city gets from the company.
“We have a water analyst who tests the water and tells us what we need to do,” McCrory said.
Lastly, the council highlighted old news, which includes last weekend’s repairs on city sewer lines. McCrory said due to neglect, blockage had formed in the lines from such items as bath towels. Repairs have been made to the lines but McCrory at the meeting didn’t know the cost of that work.
“Anniston Water Works, council member O’Mildred Ball and other Hobson City residents worked together to clean the sewage,” she said, acknowledging their community spirit. “The community knew the problem existed, but this is the first time it was at this magnitude.”
The council plans to send a letter out to residents soon, asking them to be mindful of the items they are flushing and putting down the drains.
In other business, the council:
Approved a maximum cap of $1,200 to purchase a new refrigerator and an amount of $599 to buy six new tables for future events held at City Hall.
The next council’s next meeting is June 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Editor's note: This story has been changed since its original publication to reflect the amount of money available per house.