|GRANT APPLICATION MOVES FORWARD|
BLOCK GRANT HEARING 11-16-11 LMS
Several weeks ago the Salmon City Council voted to pursue a $500,000 Idaho Department of Commerce Community Block Grant to offset costs related to the city’s waste water system improvement project. The Development Company of Rexburg was hired to handle all the complicated paper work involved in the grant application.
One of the application requirements is that an official public hearing be held to involve and educate the public about the grant application process.
Rick Miller of the Development Company explained that if the grant is obtained it is proposed that the money go towards a headworks facility and effluent filter system. He said the headworks will include a building, flow control structure, piping modifications, mechanical screens and possible collection line improvements. The headworks facility removes large particles from inflow streams thereby reducing the amount of debris introduced into the system’s lagoons.
The effluent filter provides filtration of wastewater lagoon effluent and removes suspended solids prior to discharge. The filter system increases treatment capability and improves plant capacity while achieving the Environmental Protection Agency’s required wastewater discharge permit limits.
Miller stated the application is not for a loan it is for an outright $500,000 grant. The grant monies are made available through the Housing of Urban Development Act of 1974 which was enacted to help eligible cities fund public utility projects.
In order to be eligible at least 51 percent of a city’s residents have to be of low or moderate income. According to a survey conducted in Salmon this summer by the Development Company, 51.78 percent of the city’s residents are in the low to moderate income bracket.
No public comments were offered during the official hearing. Miller said the public has the right to submit comments for up to five days after the hearing and the city has 15 days to respond. If Salmon is awarded the grant there will be another public hearing.
Following the hearing the council approved Resolution 2011-6 which allows the Mayor to sign the application for the Block Grant that will be used to assist the city in its infrastructure project. That was followed by council approval of Fair Housing Resolution 2011-7 which reaffirms the city’s adherence to the laws and rules of the Fair Housing Act. Miller said the city’s past Fair Housing Resolution is over five years old and the grant application requires an updated one.
All the required papers were signed and the grant application was scheduled to be submitted to the state by November 18.
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