The Finance Committee met on Monday night. The first item on the agenda had to do with the 2013 consolidated annual plan for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)/HOME Program. Several representatives from organizations approved for receiving CDBG funds were in attendance; however, no representative from the Urban League was present.
Alderperson David Bogdala had a few questions. Community development specialist Tony Geliche said that the plan had to be submitted to the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department by November 15th. Bogdala wanted to know when the CDBG Committee met; it was in early October. Proposals were due the last week of August. “Ninety percent are totally fine, but there are a few questions to be answered,” said Bogdala. “For example, Ron Frederick is on the Hope Council’s board of directors, and he is a member of the committee. I believe he voted on the Hope Council’s proposal. Mr. Lattimore abstained.”
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Committee considered twenty-five applications for funding, and twenty-one local agencies were recommended for funding in a meeting held last week. The twenty-one recommended proposals will split up a projected $844,227. This figure is based on the amount the city received for 2012. There are three categories of funding. The agencies, their programs, and the amounts are listed below:
- Urban League of Racine and Kenosha, Inc. – Reducing employment barriers: $1,600.
- Urban League of Racine and Kenosha, Inc. – Sickle cell awareness, education and testing: $1,000.
Twenty-five Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding proposals for 2013 were heard by the committee on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Each applicant was given five minutes for their presentation, and ten minutes were allotted for questions.
The list of applicants and their project titles were:
- City of Kenosha, Public Works – Street Improvements
- Kenosha Common Markets – Community Commercial Kitchen and Marketplace
- Club Breakaway – Exterior Club Renovations
- Hope Council, Inc. – Waterproofing at Oxford House Lena (1630 – 56th Street)
The City of Kenosha Department of Community Development & Inspections is accepting proposals from eligible not-for-profit organizations for grants available through the 2013 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.
The City of Kenosha anticipates it will receive $844,227 from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for allocation to eligible projects under the 2013 CDBG Program.
Funds are to be allocated in accordance with the City of Kenosha’s 2013 CDBG Fund Allocation Plans. Projects shall address one of the following activity categories:
Earlier this afternoon, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Committee held their 2013 allocation meeting. Chairman Anthony Kennedy opened the meeting with a few introductory comments. With the new year’s plan, 70% of the funds must benefit low- to moderate-income programs. “There will be no pitches tonight. The allocation of funds will be voted upon. For the 2011/2012 benefit year, 15% of the funds went to public service programs, 20% went to planning and management, and 65% went to housing, urban, economic and development. Each of the proposals must fall into one of the three categories. Also, there is the elimination of slums and blight and urgent needs (emergency projects).”
At Thursday night’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Committee meeting, Tony Gelichi, city staff, informed the committee members that there is $107,000 of unused funds remaining from 2010. “Some grantees don’t fully utilize their allocated funds,” he said. Also, there are balances in the economic development fund, the neighborhood improvement fund, and the housing rehabilitation fund. “With the elimination of the real estate agent, we haven’t used these funds,” Gelichi said. Allocations are usually made in mid- to late June. Gelichi assured the committee that there would be no balance issue. There will be $844,000 for 2013, plus the balances.
Alderperson Anthony Kennedy was elected chairman, and Alderperson Curt Wilson was elected vice chairperson of the committee at the meeting.
The 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program project funds were approved at tonight’s meeting. Listed below are each of the project applicants, the dollar amounts requested, and the dollar amounts approved:
1) City of Kenosha, Police Department – Neighborhood Crime Intervention & Interdiction – requested $103,072; approved $0;
2) Kenosha Area Family & Aging Service, Inc. (KAFASI) – Volunteer Transportation Service – requested $5,000; approved $5,000;
Eleven more Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) proposals were reviewed at last night’s CDBG committee meeting.
Below is a listing of the applicants, project titles, summaries of the proposals, and dollar amounts requested, for the proposal presentations which were given at last night’s meeting:
12) City of Kenosha, Dept. of Public Works – Street Improvements – Funds to continue repair of city streets to provide public safety for low- to moderate-income neighborhoods ($500,000);
There were eleven Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) proposal presentations given tonight to the CDBG Committee. Each proposal applicant was given approximately fifteen minutes to make their presentation and to answer any questions the committee might have. There will be eleven more proposal presentations given at tomorrow night’s meeting.
Below is a listing of the applicants, project titles, summaries of the proposals, and dollar amounts requested, for the proposal presentations which were given tonight: