City of Calvert Working on Grant Application to Become ADA Compliant

By: Alex Villarreal Email
By: Alex Villarreal Email

Marcus Greaves said, "Everybody thinks the money's just out there, hanging on trees, but you have to go through a process."

Calvert Mayor, Marcus Greaves, says changing sidewalks and curbs to make the city compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 won't be easy.

"Its quite a few things to go through, I mean, you don't just sign up for a grant and they hand you money," said Greaves.

TxDot is providing $400,000 and a downtown revitalization grant is available through the Texas Department of Agriculture that matches up to $150,000.

Graves added, "Its a point system and Calvert looks pretty favorable, but there's probably 50 or 60 more towns applying for the same grant."

The city has to come up with $50,000 to $60,000 to put toward the grant and then apply for it, which requires hiring grant writers Kirby and Associates.

"They're on a percentage basis if we get the grant. The least they take is 10%, like if we get a $150,000 grant, they get $15,000, but if we don't get the grant, we don't have to pay them anything," explained Greaves.

Calvert is small, but its still a tourist attraction and small business owners say the improvements will boost local economy.
The mayor agrees it will help.

"It'll benefit the city for disabled people to get into businesses and also, maybe, the children in strollers, getting them up on the curb," Greaves said.

The grant application is due by July 12th.

Greaves said, "I imagine it'll be about a year, a year and a half before it all works out and then we have to wait on this $150,000 amount also."

This small city continues to fight for big bucks to save itself and prosper.

Calvert's downtown business district has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976.
It was the Calvert Historical Foundation and Merchants Association that discovered Calvert qualified for the downtown revitalization grant.

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