Thursday, June 4, 2015

Notice of Fair Housing “Workshop”, CDBG Public Hearing and Special City Commission Meeting

The City of Apalachicola City Commission will conduct a Special City Commission meeting at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2015.  The agenda includes:
1. A brief fair housing “workshop” presentation,
2. A public hearing on the CDBG grant application,
3. Actions relating to the CDBG grant application, including a resolution.

The Apalachicola City Commissioner intends to apply for a FFY 2014 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of up to $650,000 from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). 

$155,000    sewer lines/components replacement (Bobby Cato Street lift station)
$165,000    new sewer lines/components
$  80,000    residential sewer hook-ups to the new sewer collection lines
$159,862    water lines/components replacement
$  38,138    engineering
$  52,000    administration
$650,000  TOTAL

The sewer replacement service area is bounded to the north by 12th Street, on the west by 25th Avenue (north of Cornelius Rizer), south by Cornelius Rizer and Bobby Cato Street, going northeast on  Avenue L, including Timothy Simmons/17th, Rex Buzzett/15th, Earl King west of 21st Avenue/Street, James Clay/Gibson, and Morris Cannon Streets. This area will also include water system component replacements such as valves and water meters.  The new sewer and sewer hook-up area will connect from 22nd Avenue/Street on James Clay Street and include 21st and 20th Avenues between 12th Street and Earl King, Earl King from 21st and continuing on Avenue M to the existing tie-in point on Rex Buzzett. The sewer/water/hookups activities will meet the national objective of Benefit to Low/Moderate Income (LMI) Persons, because a large majority of the beneficiaries of the safe and reliable water and sewer service are in the very low/low/moderate income range.  The hookups will be limited to LMI households, and will benefit them by providing funding for eliminating potential/existing health hazards from septic systems. The City will provide additional financial “leverage” in the form of sewer tap fee waivers and administrative/staff support. No displacement of people or businesses will occur as a result of the project. 

There is additional need for water line/component replacement which may be met by the grant if there are sufficient funds.  Locations of potential work include the new sewer area, and the Apalachicola Housing Authority property on 12th and 11th Streets, and on 14th-16th Streets off Avenue H.

The meeting is open to the public, and will be held at the Community Center, 1 Bay Avenue, Apalachicola.  A draft copy of the application may be reviewed during business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and written comments will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. prior to or during the public hearing.  The contact for review and comments is Betty Webb, Community and Economic Development Director, (850) 653-8715, 1 Avenue E, Apalachicola. A final copy of the application, and disclosure of interested parties, will be on file at the same address by June 19, 2015. Any person wishing to attend the public hearing and requiring an interpreter or special accommodations should contact the City Clerk’s Office at (850) 653-9319 (or call 711 for the Florida Relay Service for hearing impaired TTY/TDD) at least two business days prior to the meeting.