The city of Maplewood will hold a Public Hearing to discuss the allocation of $64,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The hearing will be held at the May 9 city council meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. In past years much of it has gone to the city’s home improvement grant program.
Update: According to the city’s notes for the meeting, President Trump has recommended in his proposed budget that community development block grants be eliminated. At this time, Congress has not begun to act on the budget.
The council is scheduled to discuss how to use the funds this year, and possibly take a vote. If the council is not ready to vote on it at Tuesday’s meeting it can be voted on at the next city council meeting.
Any residents not able to make the council meeting who would like to comment on how to use the funds can submit a written comment to the city.
The CDBG is a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which funds community development such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs and infrastructure development.
How the funds ($64,000 each year) have been used in past years:
2016 — The city had $31,000 remaining from from 2015; an additional $64,000 will be available. City staff recommended that all of it be used for the home improvement grant program. Resident, Adelina Mart asked that the city use it to put in a trail through Kellogg park connecting the Metrolink station with the north side of Maplewood. She said people use a dirt path through the park. The council decided to use the funds for the housing program.
2015 — The city staff recommended that all $64,000 be designated for the home improvement grant program.
2014 — Thirty thousand of it was already allocated to the home improvement grant program. The council discussed that the remaining $34,000 could be used to irrigate Ryan Hummert Park (it’s now irrigated), sidewalk repair, putting selected utilities underground or other projects.