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Council discusses CDBG amendments

The public comment window for amendments to federal grant funding is only a week long this round.

Marietta City Council hosted Marietta Development Director Mike Gulliver Thursday for the federally-required public hearing announcing substantial amendments to the 2019 Community Development Block Grant budget and the 2020 Community Development Block Grant budget.

Gulliver explained that $12,549 in changes to the 2020 Community Development Block Grant have been proposed and discussed in council committee last week.

The changes include:

• $10,049 new funds to be added to slum and blight for the removal of the 615-619 Putnam St., commercial property under threat of imminent collapse onto a city sewer main.

This project was originally scheduled to receive $30,000 of the expected $50,000 project.

Without public comment objection received by May 29, the project may receive $40,049 in federal funds.

-•$2,500 removal of Fair Housing 2020 funds and transfer to the Small Projects Contingency line item.

Gulliver explained Thursday that through the use of leftover 2018 and 2019 Fair Housing funds from CDBG, the administration plans to contract with Southeastern Ohio Legal Services to conduct required fair housing and lending testing.

The funds left over from 2018 are $3,834.70 and from 2019 are $2,500.

This transfer, if no one objects through public comment by May 29, would increase the small project contingency balance for the 2020 funding year to $4,473.

“Something’s going to come up during the year. That’s a sufficient easy access place for a little bit of money,” said Gulliver.

In review Friday, Councilman Geoff Schenkel noted that a public trust over those contingency funds would need to be earned by judicious use.

Past projects which have benefited from contingency funding in that restricted federal grant include the fireman’s pole at Flanders Field for the predominately low-income lower west side.

CARES Act Funding

The public comment period for the $242,989 addition to the 2019 Community Development Block Grant budget also closes May 29.

The federal coronavirus stimulus aid is planned to be routed through Marietta’s 2019 Community Development Block Grant funds to allow for faster expenditure upon arrival, Gulliver said, since 2020 CDBG funds are not expected to arrive until early fall.

Regular business

Marietta City Council only introduced and approved one piece of legislation Thursday.

Ordinance 76 unappropriated $72,679 from department line items to support the general fund’s solvency as a predicted drop in income tax may hit city coffers in the coming months.

The ordinance also unappropriated $134,250 within the streets fund with the largest hits being the supplies and materials line item (loss of $32,200) and the streets, highway, curb, sidewalk and ramps line item (loss of $86,000).

Recreation, sewer, water and water transmission also saw reductions which Finance Chairman Mike Scales noted were cuts discussed and reviewed by department heads with members of council.

The legislators are next scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. Thursday for committee meetings both live and via Zoom/Facebook broadcast.

Janelle Patterson may be reached at jpatterson@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance:

• The public comment period for $12,549 in changes to the 2020 Community Development Block Grant budget closes May 29.

– The changes include:

– $10,049 new funds to be added to slum and blight for the removal of the 615-619 Putnam St., commercial property under threat of collapse onto a city sewer main.

– $2,500 removal of Fair Housing 2020 funds and transfer to the Small Projects Contingency line item.

– The public comment period for the $242,989 addition to the 2019 Community Development Block Grant budget closes May 29.

– Federal coronavirus stimulus aid ($242,989) is planned to be routed through Marietta’s 2019 Community Development Block Grant funds to allow for faster expenditure upon arrival.

– 2020 CDBG funds are not expected to arrive until early fall.

Source: Marietta City Development Director Mike Gulliver.

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