With the budget out of the way, the Metro Council sped through a thin agenda Tuesday night, adjourning no more than 30 minutes after the meeting was called to order.
The council advanced a bill to create Mayor Karl Dean’s proposed Barnes Fund for Affordable Housing, named after housing advocate Rev. Bill Barnes, with the first of three votes. Council approval for the measure, which Dean laid out in his State of Metro address last month, would seem to be a mere formality.
The ordinance would create the trust fund, with money from existing grants, as well as a seven-member Metro Housing Trust Fund Commission to oversee it. The commission, according to the mayor’s office, will award grants to fund “renovation or construction of affordable homeownership and rental opportunities, project-based rental assistance, and other supportive efforts to encourage affordability.” Specific criteria for awarding the grants will be established by the commission and approved by the council.
In other business, the council approved a late resolution from Councilmen Jason Holleman and Charlie Tygard permanently extending a program offering free parking meters for environmentally friendly vehicles.