City considers purchase of flooded homes
Nine homes, uninhabitable since the floods of June 2008, could soon become open space through a federal buyout program.
Janesville Manager of Planning Services Duane Cherek says the city's plan commission is reviewing the buyout project Monday.
The funding is available through grants from FEMA. The program is designed to fund long-term mitigation measures after a disaster declaration. Cherek says the homeowners have accepted the appraisals for the properties.
The nine homes in question are in the Mole-Sadler subdivision and would be demolished if the city acquires them.
Cherek says the plan commission determines whether the acquisitions are in line with established city plans. The city council ultimately makes the final decision on the acquisition.