Panel ranks applications for grants from SCDRCSouth Central Dakota Regional Council committee members made choices Wednesday at their annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) scoring and ranking session.
South Central Dakota Regional Council committee members made choices Wednesday at their annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) scoring and ranking session.
Six jurisdictions submitted applications for CDBG grant funds totaling $543,980 in requests. However, the nine-county region only had $262,492 in grant funds to recommend to the governor to award.
Scoring and ranking of the projects was done by a committee of Regional Council board members with one representative from each county. The 2011 South Central Dakota Regional Council CDBG Scoring and Ranking Committee included Don Frye, representing Foster County, who was elected committee chairman; Phil Leitner representing Barnes County, Gary White representing Dickey County, Becky Meidinger representing Griggs County, Rick Richter representing Wells County, Craig Neys representing Stutsman County, James Raile representing McIntosh County, Kyle Haas representing Logan County, and Joe Neis representing LaMoure County.
The committee voted to recommend to the governor awarding grants to the following projects: A grant of $105,000 to the city of Marion in LaMoure County to assist a storm sewer lift station and drain project; a grant of $23,300 to assist the city of Fredonia in Logan County with a removal of architectural barriers project, and a grant of $134,192 to the city of Medina in Stutsman County to assist a sanitary sewer lift station project.
Also vying for grant funding was Stutsman County for a removal of architectural barriers in the courthouse; the city of Kathryn for sewer lift station improvements, and the city of Buchanan for removal of architectural barriers at the school in Buchanan, which serves as the facility for community meetings.
“CDBG funds are important in our region to assist in providing safe communities by providing funds for public facility projects from infrastructure to removal of architectural barriers,” said Deb Kantrud, executive director, South Central Dakota Regional Council.
Federal cuts to the CDBG program have decreased the amount of grant funds available to be awarded in the region. The SCDRC’s 2012 allocation is about $121,000 less than the allocation of 2010.
“That is a substantial cut to a program that helps communities that have the limited opportunities for other funding,” Kantrud said. “CDBG assists eligible communities in making improvements to critical infrastructure in areas where household incomes are limited.”
Eligibility requirements include that the funds assist communities with 51 percent or more low to moderate income or projects that addressed removal of architectural barriers in public facilities.