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Lodi City Council reviews block grant requests

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Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 12:00 am

With more than half a million dollars to dole out for community development, the Lodi City Council has a list of tricky decisions ahead.

The council met for a shirtsleeves meeting on Tuesday to review 13 applications for new and ongoing projects to improve life in Lodi.

The city will receive an estimated $577,081 in this year's City Development Block Grant, an 8 percent cut from last year's grant. Forty percent of the award will go to community-based organizations, while the rest goes to city projects. Fifteen percent goes to administrative costs.

There is $277,000 available for city projects, and $184,665 available for community groups' projects. Those projects range from food donation programs to new affordable housing units.

Salvation Army Capt. Martin Ross spoke at the meeting to advocate for a tutoring and mentoring program.

Tracy Williams and Dale Gillespie of the LOEL Center board of directors also spoke on their project to continue construction.

The public will have a chance to weigh in on the decision during the public hearing on March 20 during the city council meeting.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

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