Bloomington City Council to discuss community development grant
Herald-Times (Bloomington, IN), 2014-02-12
Feb. 12--After several years of shrinking funding, almost $1 million federal dollars will be up for consideration Wednesday night at the Bloomington City Council meeting.
Council members are scheduled to discuss Community Development Block Grant funding, which the city receives from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department and is distributed by the Housing and Neighborhood Development Department.
This year, more than $950,000 is on the table, with $92,991 being rolled over from 2013 and $861,656 in new funds expected from HUD. Physical improvement projects are recommended to get the most money, as required, with about $656,700 allocated toward seven proposals. Social service programs are set to receive $124,500, and about $173,450 will be put aside for administrative costs.
The majority of the physical improvement funding -- $392,991 -- would go toward the Rockport Road construction project. The city's public works department also received most of the physical improvement grant money last year for reconstruction of the road from Countryside Lane to Graham Drive. The work includes cutting the grade to improve visibility, installing curbs and sidewalks and upgrading the storm drainage system.
Other physical improvement awards are set to go to the Bloomington Housing Authority for interior renovations at Crestmont, HAND for home modifications for accessible living, Monroe County United Ministries for energy efficiency upgrades to its child care facility, LifeDesigns for window replacements, Amethyst House for exterior improvements and HAND for neighborhood storm water improvements.
Seven social service agencies applied for funding this year, with five applications granted. However, if the city receives at least $15,000 more than expected, the Boys and Girls Club Crestmont Club will become the sixth organization to earn some of the grant money.
Community Kitchen, Hoosier Hills Food Bank and Middle Way House were all recommended for the maximum amount of $25,000. Monroe County United Ministries applied for $24,500, and that request also was granted.
The council will also discuss the creation of the Matlock Heights Conservation District, which would include 80 properties of mostly ranch-style homes built in the 1950s and '60s.
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