North applying for block grant

Jan 1 2012 - 11:14pm

NORTH OGDEN -- The city is looking to get a federal community development block grant, although it isn't sure if it will qualify.

CDBG grants are allocated to areas in cities with low income housing.

In the past, the city has received the grants and used them in the Green Acres area, which is in the south end of the city just above Washington Boulevard to about 2300 North.

Also, the city has previously received the grant and matched with other funds, or qualified because there was enough federal money to pass around. However, this year funds are tighter and the city has had a harder time proving it has low income areas.

"Because North Ogden doesn't have a lot of low income housing, it is allocated in accordance with that," said city attorney Dave Carlson.

The city has worked hard to identify the low income area so it can get the grant. Road and water line improvements are needed throughout the city and it would nice to get the grant to help in the Green Acres area, Carlson said.

In 2012, the city looks to improve roadway water lines in the area, and it must also have matching funds to secure the grant.

"It is quite a convoluted process," Mayor Richard Harris said of the CDBG application process.

The city is applying for a $75,000 grant and will match with other federal road funds.

Carlson said it could be tricky because if doing the improvement would eliminate the low income area they cannot receive the funds. However, Carlson doesn't think that will be an issue if merely roads are being repaired.

"That would be inconceivable," Carlson said.

In the past, the city has used the funds for road repairs, water line repairs, giving loans to residents to make home improvements and for the senior center.

The council voted 4-1 to apply for the funding. City Councilman Dave Hulme voted against the application.

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