Board of Selectmen Meeting Minutes & Agendas

Dec 22, 2014

CDBG Public Hearing Minutes - December 22-2014


TOWN OF LITTLETON CDBG PUBLIC HEARING AND BOARD OF SELECTMEN’S MEETING MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2014
5:00 PM
COMMUNITY CENTER HEALD ROOM
 
Pledge of Allegiance Present: Town Manager Fred Moody, Chairman Milton Bratz, Selectman G. Michael Gilman, V. Chairman Marghie Seymour attending by conference call from New Mexico on personal family business, Executive Secretary Ceil Stubbings
 
Others Present: Guy Harriman, John Freeman (NCIC), Rudy Gelsi, Dann, Robert Blechl (The Caledonian), Bob O’Conner (Channel 2), Bruce Hadlock, Brien Ward, Darin Wipperman (The Courier), Chief Paul Smith (Littleton PD), Molly White (NCIC), Greg Eastman, Al Smith
 
Chairman Bratz called the first public hearing for the CDBG Project Overview to order at 5:00 PM and noted that handouts were available for the public. Bratz then introduced John Freeman and Mollie White from NCIC. Molly White introduced the following: General Overview of CDBG Community Development Block Grant funds are available to municipalities for economic development, public facility and housing rehabilitation projects and planning grants that primarily benefit low and moderate income persons. Littleton is eligible for up to $500,000 a year for public facility/housing rehabilitation, up to $500,000 a year for economic development projects, as well as up to $500,000 a year in emergency funds. Planning Grant funds are available for up to $12,000 per year. Municipalities are eligible to apply for a Microenterprise Assistance grant without having it count against the town’s cap for any other CDBG projects. General Overview Project A proposed economic development grant for up to $170,000 in either 2014 or 2015 CDBG funds. The funds will be used to provide a $150,000 grant to Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC) for the purchase of training equipment to help people in the region prepare for future manufacturing job opportunities. The remaining $20,000 will be used by the town for grant writing and administration expenses. Successful completion of the project will result in the creation of a minimum of 9 additional jobs, of which at least 9 will be available for persons of low or moderate incomes. This project conforms to Littleton’s Housing and Community Development Plan’s long and short term goals. Bratz asked for questions or comments from the public; Gilman asked if the nine jobs are only for the first round of training. White said it would be for the first eighteen months of the program operation. Gilman asked if down the line it could be a multiplier. White said they hope as the project moves on there will be a lot more jobs. The reason we chose the figure of nine jobs is according to the community development grant requirements, it is twenty thousand per job that you can apply for when you guarantee the jobs will be created. NCIC is guaranteeing there will be nine jobs along with Robotech. Dann asked about concerns as to where the funds were coming from and the benefit to private businesses. John Freeman from NCIC answered Dann’s question by stating the opportunity that Littleton has been afforded here and for the businesses that are looking to expand is in the neighborhood of over one hundred jobs. Bruce Hadlock raised concerns regarding who was asking for this and the amount of people who would be trained that did not come from Littleton. Alan Smith, Assistant Superintendent and Director of the Hugh J. Gallen Career and Technical Center responded to Hadlock’s concerns. John Freeman, Greg Eastman and Brien Ward also responded to some of Hadlock’s questions. Selectman Gilman said this is training for good jobs with good benefits. Ward said the training will create jobs and increase the tax base. Molly White said that Robotech is matching the grant for $170,000 in the form of equipment purchases. Ward said that 1.7 million dollars comes back into the town because of the industrial park. Gilman said the third of people that don’t come from Littleton most likely spend their money in Littleton. 1st Public hearing is closed at 5:28 PM. 2nd Public hearing was opened for the Housing and Community Development Plan at 5:28 PM. Bratz asked Molly White to introduce the Housing and Community Development Plan. Housing and Community Development Plan, this is an updated Housing and Community Development Plan. It includes the national and state CDBG objectives, as required. A Housing and Community Development Plan that is no more than 3 years old is a requirement for applying for CDBG funds. Goals of the plan reflect goals in the Littleton Master Plan. Bratz asked for questions or comments from the public; Bruce Hadlock asked if they contacted the Water & Light Department about vacancies. Hadlock said there were a lot of commercial vacancies. Hadlock wanted to know if they checked to see how many apartments were vacant. Mollie White advised Hadlock the Town and Ceil Stubbings were responsible for the plan. Bratz said they are not asking for money they are simply reviewing the updated plan as part of the application process. 2ndPublic hearing is closed at 5:34 PM. 3rd Public hearing is opened Residential Anti-displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan at 5:34 PM. Bratz asked Molly White to introduce the plan. Residential Anti-displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan, this residential anti-displacement and relocation plan is standard language which provides a procedure in cases where there is residential or business displacement due to a project using CDBG funds. It must be adopted for each CDBG project. For this project, no displacement or relocation is anticipated but the plan must be adopted in the unlikely event that displacement takes place. Bratz asked for questions or comments from the public; Fred Moody said there needs to be a change made under the certification of compliance to the title of the CDBG/Town of Littleton Equipment Training Purchase Program. 3rd Public hearing is closed at 5:41 PM. The municipality then votes after close of public hearings to: Gilman made the motion to approve the submittal of the CDBG application. Seymour seconded the motion. Motion passed by a unanimous roll call vote. Gilman made the motion to adopt the updated Housing and Community Development Plan. Seymour seconded the motion. Motion passed by a unanimous roll call vote. Gilman made the motion to adopt the Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan for the project. Seymour seconded the motion. Motion passed by a unanimous roll call vote. Gilman made the motion to authorize Fred Moody, Town Manager to submit the application and sign or execute any and all document necessary to effectuate the potential CDBG contract. Seymour seconded the motion. Motion passed by a unanimous roll call vote. Gilman made the motion to have NCIC write the CDBG grant on behalf of the town and to allow Fred Moody, Town Manager to advertise for a grant administrator. Seymour seconded the motion. Motion passed by a unanimous roll call vote.
Bratz closed the public hearing at 5:45 PM.
Respectfully Submitted Ceil Stubbings