Fisher hears from housing authority
FISHER — Representatives from the Housing Authority of Champaign County will return 6 p.m. April 11 to meet with the village's zoning and planning committee to further discuss bringing affordable housing to the village.
Ed Bland, the housing authority's executive director, told the village board this week that elderly residents and families already live in the village who would benefit from the housing.
Bland with several others brought drawings of housing that has been built in Champaign and Urbana. Bland said the village could donate land for the housing and get various credits from the state.
The buildings would be built by a developer funded by investors looking for tax credits. Most likely a property manager would oversee the sites. The property would be off the tax rolls, but there are ways to reimburse the village for the taxes lost.
In other business, Trustee Jason Mathias said the joint committee of village, school and community representatives will meet at 6 p.m. April 1 in the high school library to discuss opening and running the fitness center. He said tentative hours for the community will be 5 to 7 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. as well as weekend hours to be determined. The committee will set membership fees. Equipment has been purchased with a $5,000 grant from the Carle Sports Medicine group and the school's athletic booster club has donated $10,000 for more equipment.