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THE THURSDAY EDITION klhG9 MOUhTf^lM
VOL. 88 NO. 58
THURSDAY, JULY 14.18Tf
Housing Program Okayed By Council
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ning and Development Conunlaslon, Region C, to eatabllah a HUD
Section 8 Houalng Aaslatance Program In Kings Mountain Monday
As explained by Earl Honeycutt of Shelby, Region C Housing
Coordinator, the program "requires nothing from the city, except
Its blessings In trying to establish the program here.”
The program, which runs for five years with funding through
the state from the Department of Housing and Urban Develop
ment, Is for existing rental structures within an established price
"We plan to advertise the public meetings through newspapers
and radio,” Honeycutt said. '"There a meetlnf for
landlords and another for tenants to explain the mechanics of the
program. We hope to kick It off by August first.”
In short the program Is a rent and utility allowance to renters,
families whose Income Is less than 80 percent of the HUD
published median Income for the county.
In Cleveland County the median Incmne level Is $12,400 an
HUD’S fair market rent, maximum rent by number of
bedrooms, has been established for Cleveland County. The HUD
allowance for a one bedroom home Is $81; two bedrooms, $92;
three bedrooms, $18. The fair market allowance for utilities Is also
based on number of bedrooms — $80, $40 and $50.
For the qualifying family whose Income Is less than 80 percent
of the county’s median and one fourth of this Income Is less than
the maximum rent plus utility allowance — $111, $182 and $148, a
certificate of eligibility will be Issued.
Honeycutt said the program "does nothing to disturb the lan
dlord-tenant relationship. If anything the program will Improve
"The rent and utility allowances will allow the tenant to pay the
landlord the full worth of the home,” Honeyucutt continued, "and
this in turn will allow the landloid to keep the property up to
Honeycutt said only the tenant and landlord are aware of the
program. “Cleveland County will cover about 80-86 units,” he
continued. "Kings Mountain’s share will cover about 80-86 units. I
personally feel this program will keep marginal property on the
tax books much longer.”
Honeycutt, said the purpose of the program Is first and foremost
to assist needy families. "We believe, however, the program will
encourage the property owner to better maintain his property,
which will add to Its usefulness and reduce some of the pressiu^
for much costlier new construction of assisted housing.”
The program is being tested simultaneously In Kings Mountain,
Shelby, Forest City and Rutherfordton.
Isothermal Planning and Development Commission will ad
minister the program. Tlie city has no responsibility for any costs.
1)10 contract will be strictly between the tenants and landlords
and Isothermal Commission. Annual checks will be made to see
that tenants have lived up to their contract and inspections made
to see the landlord has kept up the property.
"I’d like to stress the point that from the skin out we are now
staffing the program,” Honeycutt said. "We have a target date of
July 1 to set the program in motion. We will have a person who will
set up the public meetings for the tenants and landlords and who
will spend about eight hours a week In Kings Mountain to get the
program underway once the applicants have been approved.”
Honeycutt said that any dwelling unit that meets the minimum
standards established by HUD or the community Is eligible to
ai^ly. In Kings Mountain’s case, according to Honeycutt, the
communities standards are higher than those of HUD.
The local leglslatlva delega'
tton will discuss action In the
recent sessions In Raleigh
tonight at 7:80 In Shelby.
The delegation has been In*
vlted to speak at tonight’s
meeting of the Cleveland Cmnty
The public Is Invited to attend
the meeting to be held In Court
room 2 at the Law Enforcement
Myers Hambrlght of Kings
Mountain urges all YD members
to attend tonight’s meeting In
order to determine the number
planning to attend the 10th
District cookout In Hickory Sun.,
'ne 8 p. m. event Is sponsored
by the YD’s of Catawba County
and will be held at ’The Wlldllto
Club on Lake Hickory.
For further Information call
Myers Hambrlght at 789-7084
after 6 p. m.
On Sat., July 28 the Installation
banquet for new state Young
Democrats will be held at tha
State Fairgrounds In Raleigh.
Nelson Connor of Kings
Mountain will be Installed as
state vice president.
An organisational meeting was
held at city hall Thesday night
ftn* a Uason committee to work
with the N. C. Department of
Commissioner Fred Wright Is
chairman of the committee.
Members of the committee are
expected to attend a public
hearing In Llnoolnton Frl., July
16 at 2 p. m. Thomas Bradshaw,
secretary cf transportation, will
chair the hearing and give an
update on the DOT highway
’Ihe local committee Is ex
pected to present data (xi needs
connected with state highway
projects In Kings Mountain, with
special regard to the bypass
All comments will be recorded
and presented to the full tran
sportation board In Raleigh for
Photos By Butch Vess
A NEW HAIRDO? - No. It’s Just Rita Hoyle’s method of cooling
off at Moss Lake during the current heatwave. The Buffalo
Community resident la a regular water sports enthusiast at the
$2,500 Is Approved
According to Commissioner
BUI Qrlssom, part of a $20,000
state grant request has been
approved for Kings Mountain’s
special recreational project.
The project Is “sort of a day
camp” type operation where
youngsters can be taught various
The community market at the
Kings Mountain Depot Center Is
Rev. Ken George, coordinator
of the depot center activities,
said the market opened at 8 a. m.
and wlU remain open until 4 p. m.
today. He said the hours of
operation will be adjusted as
The outdoor market caters to
Community Center Pro ject
Plumbing Bids Denied
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■iciiu by qualified Instructors at
both Deal St. and Davidson
Commissioner Grissom said
"about $2,600 of the request has
been approved. It should give us
some kind of program, although
not the type we had expected.”
Outdoor Market Open
local farm crop producers. The
city commissioners have devised
a lengthy set of rules and regula
tions and rental fees for market
Local farmers may sign an
agreement tor market space and
pick up a set of the rules from
Rev. George In the KM Senior
Citizens office at the depot
EVEN DOGS DO TT — Kerry Vess of the Buffalo Community
found he had a companion, his dog Prancer, when he plunged into
Moss Lake recently to beat the heat. After all, with all that hsilr a
dog’s gotta find someway to cool off, too.
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No action was UiLken Monday
night by comm<ss.oner« to
award (XMistructlon contracts tor
additions to the Kings Mountain
However, on a motion by
Commissioner Jim Childers, the
board rejected tour plumbing
construction bids for the Citizens
Childers said he didn’t "know
If this Is the light time to do this,
but all of the bids, even the
lowest, on the plumbing contract
are much higher than what we
have budgeted tor the Job.”
The commissioner said he
realized the plumbing woiic Is
holding up completion of the new
public works building on N.
Piedmont and that the target
date for finishing the Job may be
"I proposed we get together
again with the architects and go
over the specifications and
drawings to see what we can do
to lower the cost,” Childers said.
Holland ft McGinnis,
Associates of Shelby Is die ar
The lowest bid for the plum
bing contract was submitted by
Gastonia Plumbing and Heating.
TTiat bid was $30,400.
Following revlMment of the
specifications the project will be
readvertised tar bids.
Ed Smith, representative of
HoUand-McGlnnls, which Is
architect for the additions to the
community center, read both the
bid prices for the Citizens Ser
vice Center plumbing contract
and the bids on the community
The additions bids accepted by
the board were broken down Into
four separate contracts.
General construction bidders
Anchor Construction Co. —
$288,000; Cabarrus Construction
Co. — $281,800; S. C. Hondros ft
Associates — $248,982; A. A.
Ramsey ft Son — $248,240;
Reynolds ft Sons — $206,618;
Robinson Builders Mart —
$286,164; T. C. Strickland -
Gastonia Plumbing ft Heating
- $18,600; Hickory Plumbing ft
Heating - $18,790; Hoyle
Plumbing Co. - $21,800; George
B. Stevens — $20,600.
Climate Conditioning -
$36,221; Hickory Plumbing ft
Heating - $47,800; George B.
Stevens — $49,300.
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