Steve Cordova of Tri-County Housing receives $132,029 in Community Development Block Grant to be administered through Otero County Commissioners

“The Community Development Block Grant of $132,029 is blended with other sources of income to rehabilitate the 13 homes in this grant,” explained Steve Cordova, CEO of Tri-County Housing. The money must be expended before Dec. 31, 2018.

After the meeting, he said, “Actually, only about 20% of our money comes from public money.” Other sources include Local Initiative Service Corporation, Neighborhood Works of America, Housing Assistance Corporation, National Association of Latino Community Assets Developers.

By blending of funds, Tri-County Housing accomplishes rehabilitation of housing in high-poverty areas. During the last two years, a $6 million project was accomplished: La Junta’s own Morningside Heights, which was essentially gutted, cleared up and cleaned up. “There’s still work to be done there,” added Cordova. Cordova will be presenting at the National Association of Housing Redevelopment Organization in May at Vail concerning Tri-County’s use of funding.

A pervasive mistake was discovered recently which involves Assessor Ken Hood’s abating of two to four dollars to various rail car lines for $100 to $200 mistakes in assessed values, of which he was recently informed.

The Colorado Motor Vehicle Express Self-Service Terminal Participation Agreement was explained by Sharon Sisnroy. These terminals consist of kiosks in King Super Stores where people may pay for their licenses when they don’t have time to mail them in before penalties are incurred. This has little affect in Otero County, because there are no King Soopers here.

Candi Hill will replace Johnnie De Leon on the Southeast Workforce Board.

Otero County has issued a formal Request for Proposals regarding audit services for the county. The present auditor was let go after one year of its two-year contract. Proposals are due by Friday, April 20. The will be opened on Monday, April 23 at the meeting of the Otero County Commissioners.