CLINTON -- City officials unanimously passed a plan to apply for a federal Community Development Block Grant to replace roads that have served several neighborhoods for the past 40 years, Assistant City Manager Lynn Vinzant said.
At a recent council meeting, Vinzant recommended the city apply for a two-year $300,000 grant that would be paid to the city over two years at $150,000 each year.
"The processing and application season for the 2012 CDBG is upon us and the first meeting to begin the process was April 6. We should know by about the end of July whether we got the grant; and if so, work could start this year," Vinzant said. "Some of these roads are as old as the subdivision, and we have been patching them as we go along. However, the time has come that these roads need to be replaced."
The roads to be replaced are in older neighborhoods on 2400 North and streets off of it, from 970 West to 690 West, and including 890 West, 840 West and 720 West.
The grant is federally funded and offered to low- and moderate-income areas for public works projects and must meet certain requirements to be eligible. The qualifications are mainly based on neighborhoods that need improvements, mostly to roads, and that are in low- to moderate-income areas where the total family income does not exceed 80 percent of the county median income for the current year.
"Based on this year's information, a family of four with an income of less than $52,000 is classified moderate income, $32,500 is classified low income and below $19,500 is classified very low income," Vinzant said.
In Davis County, the median income is $71,500, which means the median income to meet requirements to qualify for the grant can't exceed $57,200. According to Vinzant, in order for a project to qualify under low-to-moderate conditions, the city must be LMI based upon the most recent census statistics; or a survey must be done to show that at least 51 percent of the residents in a site-specific area meet the income qualification, which in this case is $57,200.
Vinzant said if the city gets the grant, part of the project will include curb and gutter, sidewalks and, in some locations, a new storm-drain line to be installed on the south side of 2400 North.
Two years ago, the city received a CDBG grant to replace 2900 West, and five years ago it received a grant to replace 2850 West, with both roads being between 1600 North and 1800 North.
Clinton resident Andrew Owens told the council he has twice benefited from the results of CDBG grants, and the improvements really enhanced and improved the infrastructure of his neighborhood. He said:
"They put in brand-new curbs and gutter and widened parking strips. They also put in flowering pear trees down both streets. If the federal government can help with my little corner of the world, I am nothing but grateful."