ECIPDA TO PROCEED WITH GRANT APPLICATION
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CITY VOTES TO APPLY FOR BLOCK GRANT 9-7-11 LMS

The East Central Idaho Planning and Development Association (ECIPDA) has been given the official nod to pursue obtaining a $500,000 Idaho Department of Commerce Community Development Block Grant for the city.

The Salmon City Council approved continuation of a contract with ECIPDA that will take the city through the intricate block grant application process. The first step in the process was a city wide survey conducted by ECIPDA to determine the community’s eligibility for the grant. Results of the survey showed that just over 51 percent of the city’s population lives below the low to moderate income level which means the city is indeed eligible to apply. The eligibility has been confirmed by the Department of Commerce.

According to City Administrator George Ambrose, if awarded, the block grant would be used to pay for future Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades.

Rick Miller of the Rexburg based ECIPDA spoke to the September 7 meeting of the Salmon City Council and explained the application process which includes a public hearing and comment period, securing the present Judicial Confirmation financial arrangements for a Department of Environmental Quality loan and selecting a grant administrator entity by way of officially advertising for grant administration proposals. ECIPDA’s job will be to facilitate each step of the process.

The Community Block Grant application containing all the required components is due November 19.

In reference to council questions regarding whether or not a current city official could become a grant administrator Miller said that with all the paperwork involved it is a full time job in and of itself, with a salary of around $50,000. Miller said that the decision on a grant administrator must be made prior to submission of the application so the state can see everything is in place for proper block grant management. In the event the grant is denied any contracts with an administrator would become null and void.

Decisions on Community Block Grant awards will be made in late April or early May. It is anticipated that the funds would be available sometime in July of 2012.

The council vote for ECIPDA to move forward into the block grant application process was unanimous.










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