CDBG citizen advisory panel to oversee Wednesday public hearing

February 05, 2003
Santa Paula News
By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula TimesThe City Council has appointed its five-member citizen advisory board to help guide them in awarding hundreds of thousand of dollars in federal funding for 2003-2004 fiscal year.The Community Development Block Grant Citizen Advisory Committee will meet Feb. 5th at 3 p.m. to consider grant applications already stacking up for the federal funding program.The meeting will be held at City Hall Council Chambers, 970 E. Ventura St.According to Deputy City Clerk Josie Herrera, serving on this year’s Community Development Block Grant Citizen Advisory Committee are Bill Glenn, Oscar Gonzales, Esther Marquez, John Wisda and Laura Flores Espinosa.According to Building & Safety Director Stephen Stuart, the city’s CDBG program coordinator, there are 21 applicants seeking the allocation, this year $421,793, “about the same,” as last year’s grant.
City administration costs for overseeing the program will be $24,500 to be deducted from the total.This is the third year that the city has utilized a citizen panel to study and make recommendations on awarding CDBG grants. During the Feb. 5th meeting, the advisory committee will listen to testimony from grant applicants before making their recommendations.In years past the City Council would appoint the mayor and one council member to act as the CDBG advisory board and made recommendations for grant funding. The system was changed in the mid-1990s, shifting the responsibility to senior city staff members. In both cases the full council would usually consider and award CDGB grants during a single meeting.The process was changed again when in 2001 the creation of the Community Development Block Grant Committee was adopted by the City Council.

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