City has received $47.7 mil in grants since '84

By C.J. Barbre

Each year the City of Lindsay is required to review the State CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) and HOME programs and submit Grantee Performance Reports for open grants and Final Grantee Performance Reports for closed grants.

At the Lindsay City Council Meeting on July 27, a list of grants received by the city dating back to 1984 was included in the council packet.

City Manager Scot Townsend, previously City of Lindsay Special Projects Director, and prior to that, Community Development Director, is predominantly responsible for the city having received $47.7 million in grants in his tenure working for the city. That averages approximately $2.4 million per year.

"CDBG are federal monies that come directly to communities across the nation, generally to larger cities," Townsend told the council. But for any one community to get enough money for big projects, they compete for money in the pot. Maximum award limits include a total of $800,000 per year from the General and Economic Development Components combined. Up to $500,00 per application per year may be awarded from the General and Economic Development Components. Cities may also apply for General Planning and Technical Assistance allocations at $35,000 per year each.

Outstanding applications include $700,000 for a Lindsay Museum and Cultural Arts Center and an additional $900,000 for the future Lindsay Wellness Center through Labor, Health and Human Services submitted on April 1 this year.

  • Resolution 04-49 passed, approving and authorizing the forwarding of CDBG annual Grantee Performance reports.

    In other council business:

  • Resolution 04-50 passed, approving an application for funding from the state CDBG program for a planning/technical assistance grant, including a general allocation to fund an infrastructure needs analysis for in-fill housing development and also an economic development allocation to fund an infrastructure needs analysis for wastewater improvement serving industrial and commercial users for job creation activities, authorizing the city manager to file said applications and to execute all documents pertinent to the implementation of this program.

    The city is applying for $70,000, including $35,000 for an infrastructure needs analysis for in-fill housing and $35,000 for an infrastructure needs analysis for wastewater improvement serving industrial and commercial users for job creation.

  • Resolution 04-51 passed, authorizing the mayor to sign a long-term surface water agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation for the provision of project water service from the Friant Division. Public Works Director Tom McCurdy said it is a 40-year contract. "Our contract is a typical agreement,"

    he told the council. "We feel this contract feeds the needs of the city regarding surface water."

    Council meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in council chambers at Lindsay City Hall.

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