By C.J. Barbre

Lindsay is nothing if not optimistic, and rightfully so. The city's history of grant getting is legendary. And nothing succeeds like success.

At the Oct. 26 Lindsay City Council meeting three resolutions were passed to apply for grant funds for sporting spaces including a $1 million grant for construction and development of the proposed soccer field at City Park adjacent to the Wellness Center; approximately $750,000 (give or take $20,000) for the proposed Soccer/Sports Court Complex on Sweet Brier Avenue beside the Moore Building; and $1 million for the construction and development of the proposed swimming pool at City Park, adjacent to the Wellness Center.

The soccer facilities would be competing with each other and monies awarded would come through the 2002 Resources Bond Act - Youth Soccer & Recreation Development Program - Department of Parks and Recreation. The swimming pool money would also come from the 2002 Resources Bond Act, but under the State Urban Parks & Healthy Communities Program of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

"We are using the shotgun approach," City Manager Scot Townsend told the council. "Hopefully we will get one, and if we're very lucky, we will get two." He said the application deadline is Nov. 13.

Townsend said this would be the second application for the downtown complex. "We have an existing $280,000 grant we're sitting on," he said. Townsend said the downtown project is "innovative and unique," so will probably score higher with the state. "But we can move discretionary funds to the other one, the soccer field," he said, referring to the $280,000 Parks and Recreation grant. He added that this is the same group that funded the Sweet Brier interactive plaza to the tune of $500,000. The sports court will also have roller hockey, dodge ball, basketball and stadium seating.

Regarding the swimming pool, Townsend said it is projected to cost $1.6 million, but the top limit they can apply for is $1 million. He said the city has received a loan commitment from the USDA Rural Development program.

  • Resolution 04-62 passed, approving the application for grant funds for the youth soccer and recreation development program under the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks and Coastal Protection Act of 2002, for a soccer field adjacent to the Wellness Center.

  • Resolution 04-63, for the downtown soccer/sports court passed, to apply for funds through the same program.

  • Resolution 04-64, approving the application for grant funds from the State Urban Parks and Healthy Communities Program under the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks and Coastal Protection Act of 2002 for a swimming pool adjacent to the Wellness Center passed.

    Speaking of discretionary funds, Townsend informed the council of "an unusual grant that essentially rewards communities that meet affordable housing needs." It is the Department of Housing and Community Development Workforce Housing Reward (WFH) Program. He said Lindsay has had two such projects go forward this year, the apartment complex south of the Olivewood Shopping Center and Self Help Enterprises housing units being built north of Lincoln Elementary School.

    "We will probably receive $500,000 to $700,000 he told the council. "This is their first full year of doing this and this just happens to be our most eligible year." Townsend said the money can be used on any type of community project.

    This is not a competitive process. Funds are awarded on a per-bedroom basis for each residential unit approved for all units initially restricted to low-and-very-low income households.

    The deadline for application is March 2005.

  • Resolution 04-66 authorizing the submission of an application for grant funds to the Department of Housing and Community Development Department Workforce Housing Incentive Grant Program passed.

    In other money matters, Townsend said the city has met with Proteus and C-SET. He reminded council members that the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program allows the city to access money. Last year they received a $1.5 million grant/loan for HIT

    Products. He said this year they can apply for $2 million, "But we must be hooked up with a non-profit, so we're talking with Proteus."

    According to their website, "Proteus, Inc. is an ever-changing organization created to provide exceptional education, employment, training, and other services to the diverse population of Tulare, Kings, Fresno, and Kern counties. Founded in 1967, Proteus has become a leader at improving the quality of life of valley farmworkers and other special need populations; all the while, providing local employers with a well-trained pool of applicants. With pride, Proteus seeks funding from federal, state, local public and private agencies that will enable our organization to do what we do best: train, educate, and nurture a self-sufficient customer."

    Townsend said partnering with Proteus will be a "win-win" situation.

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