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  • Writer's pictureCharlene Sims, Journal staff

Application for housing grant, committee members approved

The Linn County Commission on Monday approved an application for a grant aimed at providing housing for moderate-income families. (Wix stock photo)

MOUND CITY – On Monday, Jan. 30, the Linn County Commissioners approved applying for a moderate income housing (MIH) grant offered by the Kansas Housing Corporation.

Linn County Economic Development Director Jessica Hightower explained to the commissioners that the grant would help the county bring in a developer or developers to build homes throughout the county.

Hightower then asked the commissioners to use $100,000 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to supplement the grant. She said that if the county allocated that $100,000 to go along with the grant it would push Linn County’s application a little higher in the pile.

“If we don’t use it, we can use it for something else,” Hightower said. She clarified that this ARPA money was not from the amount that the county had received from the federal government but was coming from the state of Kansas.

The commissioners approved the use of this ARPA money as a match for the MIH grant.

Hightower then asked the commissioners to approve the members for the new Linn County Housing Committee which was scheduled to meet that afternoon.

She said that so far she only had seven of the nine positions filled. Both Commissioner District 2 and District 3 were missing a member. Commissioner approved the suggested appointments.

The new committee members appointed in staggered terms are:

Commissioner District No. 1 Jodi Wade, La Cygne, One-year term

Gregg Ahnemann, Linn Valley, Two-year term

Tate West, La Cygne, Three-year term

Commissioner District No. 2

Robin Spencer, Pleasanton, One-year term

Jay Allen, Pleasanton, Two-year term


Commissioner District No. 3

Jeff Dawson, Mound City, One-year term

Marri Krupco, Blue Mound, Two-year term


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