|The City of Melvin will be able to replace the 30-year-old carpet at its community center with new vinyl flooring, thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $600 in matching funds from the city, will help provide a safer, more welcoming gathering place at the Melvin Community Center.
“The carpet is worn-out and it’s coming off,” said Marelina Brown, Melvin mayor pro tem. “If someone wears heels, they could get caught in it and an accident could happen.”
Brown said the city wants to preserve the community center for future generations.
“The building is 75 years old and is deteriorating,” Brown said. “With proper repairs, our residents will be able to enjoy this space now and in the years to come.”
The community center has been a popular venue for decades for meetings, birthdays, baby showers, weddings and other functions. The center is also open to people from surrounding communities including Brady, Eden, Paint Rock and Lohn.
“Whatever the residents need, we try to provide the community center for them,” Brown said.
She said that getting money to make repairs seemed almost hopeless at one point.
“We kept hitting a brick wall whenever we applied for grants,” she said. “I screamed in joy when we got this. ‘We did it,’ I said to myself, ‘we finally did it!’”
Brown said she felt moved when she heard the good news because she knows what the grant will mean to the community.
“With these repairs, we hope to keep stepping forward in our little community and create a sense of pride within our city and among our residents,” she said. “We are blessed to continue to support our community with the help of organizations like LCRA.”
The community grant is one of 34 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which helps volunteer fire departments, local governments, emergency responders and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric, water and transmission service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves.
Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted in July. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.