News of financial aid for those seeking to rebuild housing in Greensburg continued to roll in last week as 99th District (Andover) Kansas Legislator Ty Masterson announced at the August 14 Business Redevelopment meeting that $150,000 in grants--$5,000 each to the first 30 qualifying applicants—will be distributed in the coming weeks.


News of financial aid for those seeking to rebuild housing in Greensburg continued to roll in last week as 99th District (Andover) Kansas Legislator Ty Masterson announced at the August 14 Business Redevelopment meeting that $150,000 in grants--$5,000 each to the first 30 qualifying applicants—will be distributed in the coming weeks.
The money is courtesy of the Wichita Area Builders Association, through its relationship with the Salvation Army.  Applications will be sent to the WABA office in Wichita, and will need to be accompanied by a copy of the individual’s signed building contract and letter of commitment from his or her financial institution.
To qualify, an applicant must be someone having lost their home to the May 4 tornado in Greensburg and is now committed to rebuilding within city limits as the owner/occupant of the new dwelling.  The price tag of the proposed new house cannot exceed $120,000.
Masterson later said by email that “people interested in rebuilding their homes in Greensburg are welcome to call me directly on my cell phone at 316 260 0304.  In addition to helping interested persons with the application process, Masterson said he can also lend “assistance (for people needing to) get connected to reputable builders from our association.”  Masterson can also be emailed at rep.masterson@cox.net
In other matters of the August 14 meeting…
>Steve Kirk reported the owner of what used to be the Jayhawk Motel would be in town with an architect to “look into the possibility” or rebuilding the facility.
>Greensburg Greentown head Daniel Wallach said he seeks to serve as “an unbiased resource for residents to work with vendors.”
>Larry Meschke of the State Department of Commerce announced the availability of four reconditioned 14X70 mobile homes free of charge to be distributed to as many businesses seeking temporary housing, within the next month.  Mark Buckley of the Kansas Small Business Development Center later told The Signal as many as eight more such trailers could be coming later.
>The group’s acting secretary, Kim Gamble, said formal election of officers for the group—President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer—would be held August 28.  She said the group could also decide at that time whether to continue to meet weekly or bi-monthly.
>Economic development officer Jeanette Siemens said her daughter would soon be attending a seminar concerned with securing KDOT grant funds.
>Roger Masenthein of Sunflower RC&D noted his group’s strong ties to the county historically in terms of recycling efforts, and that he’s had calls from Haviland and Mullinville on how to “keep recycling efforts going on in those communities” as well as getting “it going again in Greensburg.”