Lumberton is on the cusp of receiving millions in Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) infrastructure funds, but there’s a catch, according to City Manager Steve Clark.
“We have to qualify for the funds and the city has to provide the demographics for the area of improvement,” he said.
By qualifying the city plans to use the monies for infrastructure improvement.
To qualify, Clark says city personnel will gather information by canvassing homes door-to-door to contact residents in target neighborhoods.
“Two city employees in city uniforms will contact residents during the day,” Clark said.
If residents are away, they will leave a flyer saying:
The City of Lumberton has received federal funding for drainage improvement in you area. In order to qualify for the funds, the City has to provide demographic information of the area. To do so, we need you to complete a short questionnaire. Please call City Hall at (409) 755-0031 ext. 101, and ask for Susan. The questions will take less than five minutes and can provide millions of dollars in funding. If we do not hear from you in the next five days, someone from the City will attempt to visit you again. Thank you for your support of this survey to better your community. City of Lumberton
Clark says the questions seek answers to how many people live in the home and how many families live in the home.
Residents don’t have to give personal information to the questioners.
“If we qualify, we plan to use the funding to improve the drainage in the neighborhood of canvas,” he said.
He says the monies are crucial for city-wide TxCDBG-funded improvement; saying: “If we don’t qualify, well that money goes elsewhere.”
Please don’t ignore the flyer. Take the time to reply and help Lumberton improve it’s infrastructure through available grant funding.