Section 106-127; Policy Res. 25-05; Establishing revised Community Development Block Grant funding guidelines; establishing a review process for annual CDBG funding requests


Council Bill No.          PR 25-05          


A POLICY RESOLUTION

establishing revised Community Development Block Grant funding guidelines; and establishing a review process for annual CDBG funding requests.

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:

    SECTION 1.  Policy Resolution 218-02A adopted on December 2, 2002, which established Community Development Block Grant funding guidelines, is hereby repealed.

    SECTION 2.  The City Council of the City of Columbia, Missouri, hereby establishes the following Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding guidelines.  Funding priorities within each category are based upon evaluation criteria developed by the Community Development Commission that further the City’s goals and objectives stated in the City’s Consolidated Plan document.  Following the procedure outlined in Section 3, the City reserves the right to adjust the amount of funding in the categories indicated below to best meet the City’s community development needs, such as where a unique project is submitted that, without the use of CDBG funding, could not be implemented within the program year.      

    A.   Public Improvements: The City shall allocate 45 - 55% of available CDBG funds toward acquiring, constructing, and upgrading public improvements that benefit lower income areas of the City or eliminate a spot case of slums and blight.  Projects shall be publicly owned.  Examples of projects include parks, sanitary sewers, storm drainage, streets, bridges, sidewalks, street lighting, water lines, toxic waste cleanups, and railroad crossings .     

    B.   Housing: The City shall allocate 20 - 30% of available CDBG funds toward acquiring, replacing, and improving housing units for lower income City residents or that will eliminate a spot case of slums and blight.  Priority shall be given toward addressing owner-occupied properties.  Examples of projects include rehabilitation of publicly and privately owned properties, home repairs, land acquisition, home ownership assistance, code enforcement, demolition of dilapidated buildings, and hazardous material removal.   

    C.   Community Facilities: The City shall allocate 10 - 20% of available CDBG funds toward acquiring, constructing, or improving community facilities that benefit  lower income residents or eliminate a spot case of slums and blight.  Facilities shall be non-residential, open to the general public, and may be publicly or privately owned. Examples of facilities include senior centers, childcare centers, handicapped accessibility, recycling centers, purchase of a van for transportation, recreational facilities and historic non-residential buildings.

    D.   Community Services:  The City shall allocate 0 - 5% of available CDBG funds toward providing community services that benefit lower income  residents.  Funds may be allocated to public or not-for-profit organizations. Examples of services include home ownership counseling, fair housing counseling, neighborhood-based planning, health and recreation programs, and homeless prevention.  Services shall not duplicate programs normally funded by the City or County through the Community Services Advisory Commission.  

    E.     Economic Development: The City shall allocate 0 - 15% of available CDBG funds for economic development activities that can provide jobs and training for lower income residents of the City.  Funds may generally be allocated to public and not-for-profit organizations.  Funds may only be allocated directly to for-profit businesses in the case where funds are used to renovate an existing commercial or industrial building serving a lower income neighborhood.  Examples of activities include: employment training, construction trade training, technical assistance, assistance to not-for-profit intermediaries for micro-enterprises, renovation of a commercial or industrial building that creates job opportunities in lower income neighborhoods, and provision of public infrastructure that would primarily serve a single business providing jobs to low to moderate income persons.
 
    F.   Planning and Administration: The City shall allocate 10 - 15% of available CDBG funds toward community development planning and administration in support of the CDBG program.  Funds shall only be allocated to City Planning and Development. Examples of activities include general program administration, preparation of Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan documents, maintaining data bases to facilitate community planning and neighborhood improvement activities, conducting public participation processes, and providing assistance to the Community Development Commission.

    SECTION 3. The City Council hereby establishes the following process for review and approval of annual project requests for CDBG funding.

     Step 1. The Community Development Commission holds an open public hearing to receive citizen input on community development needs. Following the hearing, a summary of citizen comments and a copy of the hearing minutes will be forwarded to the Council.

     Step 2. The City Council holds a work session to develop a collective sense of the Council of the city’s public improvement, housing, and community facility and service needs and priorities for the coming year. Potential CDBG funded projects would be identified drawing from those contained in neighborhood plans and the City’s Capital Improvement Program. The City Manager sends the results of the Council work session to various city departments which would then prepare a preliminary list of potential CDBG projects consisting of a brief project description and tentative cost estimate.

     Step 3. The City Council holds a second work session to review the preliminary list of potential CDBG projects and provides direction regarding those projects which departments are encouraged to proceed with preparation of full project applications.

     Step 4. City departments prepare and submit project applications for possible CDBG funding. The Community Development Commission holds a public hearing to receive and consider the applications and then submits its recommendations to the City Manager and City Council.

     Step 5. The City Manager submits a recommended budget to the Council for its consideration.

     Step 6. The City Council reviews, holds a public hearing, amends as necessary, and adopts the budget.

    ADOPTED this 7th day of March, 2005.