11/6/2013 8:26:00 AM Block grant money improves quality of life
Ken Hedler Special to the Review
The Town of Chino Valley used its entire previous allotment of federal Community Development Block Grant money to improve the quality of life in the low-income Chino Meadows subdivision.
Town officials used the CDBG money to pay a contractor to install storm drains and provide secondary access to Unit 5 in Chino Meadows, said Ron Grittman, public works director and town engineer.
Grittman is proposing using the next CDBG allotment of $264,000 to pave 8,100 linear feet of dirt roads in Unit 5 to reduce dust.
"That is what our money will allow us to do," said Richard Straub, senior civil engineer project manager.
The proposed paving project would stretch north from Center Street to Road 2 North and from Cottonwood Drive east to Railroad Avenue. Chino Meadows is a densely packed subdivision consisting largely of aging mobile homes.
Chino Valley officials expect to receive the allotment in the 2014-15 fiscal year, which starts next July 1. Grittman said he hopes the town will hire a contractor in time to complete the project in 2014-15.
However, his recommendations for using the CDBG money are merely a proposal at this stage.
CDBG money must be used to benefit low- and moderate-income residents, and eliminate a threat to public health or blight, or combinations of the three.
In the past, Chino Valley has used CDBG money to pay for buildings housing the Chino Valley Food Bank and Head Start, Grittman said.
The Town of Prescott Valley has used CDBG money for paying for sidewalks, storm drains and other improvements on Loos Drive near Mountain Valley Park, Mountain View Elementary School and the Boys & Girls Club of Central Yavapai.
Prescott Valley has advanced Loos Drive improvements in phases, based on the allotment of CDBG money.
Chino Valley might do the same by using future allotments of CDBG money for infrastructure improvements in Chino Meadows, according to Grittman.
However, he said others are welcome to propose projects using CDBG money. The Town Council has scheduled public hearings on how to use the CDBG money from 4 p.m. Nov. 12 and Jan. 14 at the council chambers, 202 N. Highway 89.
For more information, call Cecilia Watts, general services director, at 928-636-2646, extension 1202.