Jefferson City looking at options at how to spend federal grant money

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JEFFERSON CITY- City officials are asking for public input on what to do with funds from the federal government.

There was a hearing Tuesday for Jefferson City's 2017 community development action plan based on the city's Community Development Block Grant funds, which comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

There are five potential areas for the funds, including:

  • Homeowner support program
  • Money for local non-profits
  • Infrastructure improvement
  • Demolition assistance
  • Administration and planning.

"Based off the information and based off the input from the community as to what is needed, that's how we pick and choose our projects, based on the need," Neighborhood Services Coordinator Jayme Abbott said.  

Abbott said this year Jefferson City is planning to install a sidewalk at the 900 block of Broadway, which includes a new sidewalk for the kids who walk to nearby South Elementary School.

"It does benefit more the community areas, so not just one household is being benefitted, it is the whole neighborhood that benefits from the improvements that are provided from the infrastructure improvement," Abbott said. 

"We made increased budgets in one area if we feel that there is a project that would benefit more, providing a bigger impact," Abbott said. "Overall the purpose of the Community Development Block Grant program is to, you know, to increase the economic vitality of the community to create sustainable living situations and create better housing choices," Abbott said. 

Copies of the plan will be made available at Missouri River Regional Library, City Hall and online.

The comments on the draft 2017 Annual Action Plan will be accepted through October 28.