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City Council to vote on policies for two grant programs – Jefferson City News Tribune

City Council to vote on policies for two grant programs  Jefferson City News Tribune

Jefferson City is moving forward with distributing Community Development Block Grant funds.

On Monday, the City Council will review and vote on policies and procedures for two CBDG programs.

While one is the standard CBDG program that gets funding every year — for projects such as down payment assistance and demolition funds — the other is for a COVID-19 specific fund.

The policies and procedures for the annual CDBG funds have not changed.

Jefferson City received $413,435 through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is going to local child care facilities. Through a survey, the city determined child care facilities were one of the areas with the greatest need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funds will be used over the course of 2022 to offer childcare service subsidies ($124,030), financial assistance to providers with six or more employees and five or fewer employees ($103,359 each).

To receive a sub grant, a facility must show it was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through reduction of income or increase in expenses.

Neighborhood Services Supervisor Rachel Senzee said the city’s received 11 applications for the funds and is going through them.

Public hearings

The council will host a public hearing in relation to a request from Sam’s Club to change the color scheme on the exterior of its building at 849 Stoneridge Parkway. It is also scheduled to vote on the topic.

Consent agenda

Declare a 2011 Good Earth Firefly as surplus property to be sold for $1,500.

Renew a contract with Mississippi Lime for granular quicklime used by the wastewater division for $185,332.

Bills introduced

The council will consider approving a supplemental appropriation for an additional $125,000 to go toward a Capital Area Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan, bringing the project’s budget to $252,359. Of the additional funding, $100,000 is an increased contribution from the Missouri Department of Transportation and $25,000 will come from the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.

New business

The council will discuss the future of 101 Jackson St., which is currently owned by the Housing Authority. Local nonprofit Transformational Housing submitted a proposal to turn the historic home into apartments. The Housing Authority accepted the proposal and will request $9,000 to split the cost of repairing the home’s roof with Transformational Housing.

How to participate

The City Council will meet in person Monday, but will have a virtual option due to COVID-19 and social-distancing recommendations.

Community members can attend the meeting at the council chambers in City Hall, 320 E. McCarty St., or view the meeting live via the city’s YouTube page.

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