Meeting Date: August 13, 2012
From: Ken Thomas, Director of Housing & Economic Development
that the City Commission authorize the
City Manager to prepare grant applications in the Neighborhood and/or
Commercial Revitalization categories, with the Neighborhood grant as the
preferred category for funding.
The City of Leesburg is eligible to receive up to $750,000 Community Development Block Grant funding in the 2012 funding cycle. These funds must be used for one of the following purposes:
The purpose of the first public hearing is to select the appropriate grant category or categories in which the City wishes to apply for funding. The City can apply for funding in multiple categories, but funding will only be provided in one category. The exception to this rule is that the City can apply in the Economic Development category at any point during the year, regardless of whether funding is received in one of the other categories. The four grant categories are described as follows:
This grant category provides financial assistance to repair or replace existing homes. The occupants of each housing unit must meet maximum household income limits to qualify for assistance.
Funding from this grant category can be used to install or replace infrastructure in residential neighborhoods such as Heritage Estates and Carver Heights. Infrastructure can include water lines, wastewater lines, stormwater and street paving. The majority of the households serviced by the infrastructure to be constructed within the residential neighborhood must meet the low to moderate income requirements.
This grant category provides funds for streetscape improvements, under-grounding of electric utilities, infrastructure improvements and parking facilities.
This funding category is designed to provide funding to create new jobs. The funds can be used for construction of private business facilities or for the installation of public utilities necessary for the job creating business. Note: This funding category is not subject to the funding cycle deadline and funds are available throughout the year.
Upon the selection of the grant category or categories by the City Commission, staff will work with the grant writing consultant to develop grant applications. The projects will be reviewed at a second public hearing prior to submission to the grant agency. Additionally, the Citizen Advisory Task Force, appointed by the City Commission will also review the proposed projects and provide a recommendation to the City Commission.
Staff recommends that the City apply for funding in the neighborhood categories. The neighborhood grant could be used to improve infrastructure in Carver Heights neighborhoods. While the City can make application in two categories, the City can only receive funding for one grant. Staff recommends that the neighborhood grant be the priority project.
(1) Submit application in the Neighborhood grant category;
(2) Submit only
one application in either the Neighborhood
(3) Submit no applications.
The City can potentially receive up to $750,000 in grant funding. In order for the grant application to be competitive, matching funds may be needed. The matching fund cost would be $100,000 for underground utilities improvements. The actual fiscal impact will be further defined during the project application development phase and will be specifically defined and presented at the second public hearing required prior to submission of the grant application.
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FIRST PUBLIC HEARING CONCERNING THE NEW COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDING CYCLE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA:
THAT the Mayor and City Clerk are hereby authorizing Staff to apply for the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program in the Neighborhood category.
THAT this resolution shall become effective immediately.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida, at a regular meeting held the 13th day of August 2012.