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‘Spark plugs’ sought

PULASKI — The Town of Pulaski is in the market for some “spark plugs,” but not the kind used in its vehicles.
These spark plugs would be “energized neighborhood leaders” who will serve on a management team for a grant project designed to improve housing in targeted areas of the town.
But, first, the neighborhoods to be targeted must be narrowed down.
This Tuesday, several members of the team will head out into three areas to complete a preliminary assessment of housing needs in those areas. These “windshield surveys” will assess all buildings in the project area, plus investigate living conditions and building official reports. A survey of the infrastructure also must be completed.
The three neighborhoods to be assessed include the Southeast and Southwest sections of the town and the area encompassed by Newbern Road, Craig Street and Short Street.
Once the assessments are completed, Town Manager John Hawley said, the management team will review the information, choose what neighborhoods to select for the project, and then prioritize a list of needed actions.
The management team will hold its second meeting Monday, Aug. 4, at noon in the engineering conference room on the upper floor of the Pulaski Municipal Building.
Although about two dozen “stakeholders” and citizens already have been appointed to participate in the management team, Hawley said more participation is needed.
He urged interested citizens, particularly those with housing backgrounds, to contact the town if interested in participating in the management team or grant project.
The team must include: Hawley; representatives from the New River Valley Planning District Commission, New River Valley Home Consortium and Pulaski Redevelopment and Housing Authority; the local building official; a housing rehabilitation specialist; and at least two neighborhood representatives (the “spark plugs”).
The team also must conduct an evaluation of the town’s “readiness and capacity” to undertake the project.
The town has until Aug. 15 to complete assessments and designate neighborhoods to be targeted.
Anyone interested in being a part of the management team should contact Hawley at 994-8600 or attend the Aug. 4 meeting.

‘Spark plugs’ sought

PULASKI — The Town of Pulaski is in the market for some “spark plugs,” but not the kind used in its vehicles.
These spark plugs would be “energized neighborhood leaders” who will serve on a management team for a grant project designed to improve housing in targeted areas of the town.
But, first, the neighborhoods to be targeted must be narrowed down.
This Tuesday, several members of the team will head out into three areas to complete a preliminary assessment of housing needs in those areas. These “windshield surveys” will assess all buildings in the project area, plus investigate living conditions and building official reports. A survey of the infrastructure also must be completed.
The three neighborhoods to be assessed include the Southeast and Southwest sections of the town and the area encompassed by Newbern Road, Craig Street and Short Street.
Once the assessments are completed, Town Manager John Hawley said, the management team will review the information, choose what neighborhoods to select for the project, and then prioritize a list of needed actions.
The management team will hold its second meeting Monday, Aug. 4, at noon in the engineering conference room on the upper floor of the Pulaski Municipal Building.
Although about two dozen “stakeholders” and citizens already have been appointed to participate in the management team, Hawley said more participation is needed.
He urged interested citizens, particularly those with housing backgrounds, to contact the town if interested in participating in the management team or grant project.
The team must include: Hawley; representatives from the New River Valley Planning District Commission, New River Valley Home Consortium and Pulaski Redevelopment and Housing Authority; the local building official; a housing rehabilitation specialist; and at least two neighborhood representatives (the “spark plugs”).
The team also must conduct an evaluation of the town’s “readiness and capacity” to undertake the project.
The town has until Aug. 15 to complete assessments and designate neighborhoods to be targeted.
Anyone interested in being a part of the management team should contact Hawley at 994-8600 or attend the Aug. 4 meeting.