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Lodi City Council to choose block grant recipients

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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013 12:00 am

A final decision is looming for the 13 projects vying for money from the city of Lodi.

The city has more than half a million dollars from the annual Community Development Block Grant to split among community-based projects and city programs that need a boost. A public hearing on Wednesday will give Lodi residents a chance to weigh in on which projects will get that money, and which groups will walk away empty-handed.

The city will receive an estimated $577,081 for this year's Community 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.

That means there is $277,000 available for city projects and $184,665 for community groups. Those projects range from food donation programs to tutoring and mentoring opportunities.

The city council may make a final decision on the action plan at Wednesday's meeting, but have the option to postpone it.

In other action, the city council will also address the possible sale of Fire Station 2 on Lodi Avenue to J-C Engineering, based in Rio Vista, and announce the new seats available on the Lodi Arts Commission, Planning Commission, and Lodi Public Library Board of Trustees.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St., Lodi.

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

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2 comments:

  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:15 am on Mon, Apr 29, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    Mr. Bitz, that is a small chunk compared to the standard 25% administrative fees awarded to the grantee of these funds. I wonder if that 15% is even the right figure. All the grant funds that I have seen awarded in SJ county come with that 25% "add on" just for "handling" the transaction. I think LPD got close to $100K for administration of their gang intervention grant. Sounds pretty greedy to me.

     
  • roy bitz posted at 8:42 pm on Sat, Apr 27, 2013.

    roy bitz Posts: 489

    From my seat in the bleachers it seems wrong for the city to take 15% of the block grant money for "administration fees"--some eighty thousand dollars in this case.
    If the city has to pay overtime or hire additional staff to handle the money then yes that cost could and maybe should be recovered but no more.

     

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