DETCOG assigns contractors to build 42 houses for Hurricane Ike disaster recovery

DETCOG assigns contractors to build 42 houses for Hurricane Ike disaster recovery

JASPER, TX (News Release) - Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) Executive Director, Walter Diggles, announced Thursday that that the DETCOG/Texas General Land Office (TxGLO) Hurricane Ike Disaster Recovery Housing Program has 42 site-constructed and manufactured housing units (MHU) assigned to approved contractors.

Diggles said that the building and placement of twenty two of those homes and MHU's is underway with four already completed.

The report to the board also noted that another job creating loan in DETCOG's Hurricane Ike Disaster Recovery Forgivable Loan Program was closed this month. Two others from Nacogdoches are scheduled to be closed in the next 30 days.

The Texas General Land Office has just approving another of the loans for a business in Jasper. The contract paperwork for that loan will need to be prepared by DETCOG's attorney. That leaves three of the job creating loans still pending in the environmental review process.

Diggles also reported that DETCOG and the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission have received a grant of nearly $150,000 for an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). By design, ADRC's are friendly and welcoming places where anyone - individuals, family members, friends or professionals – can receive information about aging and disability programs, and services, in Texas.

DETCOG President, Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter announced that he, DETCOG Executive Director Walter Diggles and DETCOG Immediate Past President, Jasper County Judge Mark Allen will be attending the Texas Association of Regional Councils (TARC) next week in Austin. Suiter will be installed as TARC President, a position that will have him representing all 24 of the Councils of Government in Texas during the upcoming legislative session in Austin and also before the federal government in Washington.

The next DETCOG Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 23, 2014. It will be held in Newton County.