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02-25-1997 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COKMTTEE MINUTES CITY OFFICE CENTER FEBRUARY 25, 1997 MEMBERS PRESENT MEMBERS ABSENT STAFF PRESENT Mr. Alfred Rucks-Chairman Ms. Yvonne Medina-Secretary Mr. Jim Ericson, Ms. Shirley Daniels-Vice Chair Director-DSD Ms. Sinclair Hunt Mr. Don Fahrenkrog, Dr. C. Quentin Ford Grants Compliance Mr. Gabriel Paz Ms. Mary W. Gallegos, (Transcriber) VISITORS: Ms. Mickey Curtis, Family and Youth Representative, Mr. William Mattiace, Adventure Travel; Mr. Steve Trowbridge, and Mr. Paul Borunda. I. CALL TO ORDER Mr. Rucks, Chairman, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. A quorum was present allowing for conduct of official business. U. ROLL CALL Mr. Rucks asked the roll to be called to show for the record the members present. Ms. Hunt: here, Mr. Ford: here, Mr. Rucks: here, Ms. Daniels: here, and Mr. Paz: here. Ms. Medina was absent. ` III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES a. January 30, 1997 Mr. Rucks asked that the minutes of January 30, 1997, be reviewed at this time. The minutes were approved as presented. b. February 12, 1997 (Worksession) Mr. Rucks asked that the worksession minutes of February 12, 1997, be reviewed at this time. The worksession minutes were approved as presented. IV. NEW BUSINESS a. Briefing on CDBG Application Training The application training was held at the City Office Center in Room #205, on February 5, 1997. There were approximately 35 persons in attendance. Application forms were made available for all prospective applicants and participating organizations. Mr. Fahrenkrog gave a short report on the application process. He stated the City of Las Cruces was accepting funding requests for projects to be included in the City's 1997 Consolidated Plan. Proposed projects must benefit low and moderate income residents of Las Cruces or meet other Community Development Block Grant(CDBG) goals. Mr. Fahrenkrog went over the application process and stated he would be available for anyone who needed help in completing the required forms. He also stated he would provide the application forms in a disk, if a disk was provided. The deadline for proposals is March 7, 1997, at 5:00 p.m. b. Priorities for 1997/98 Mr. Fahrenkrog met with Mr. Russell Winn, D.P.A., Associate Professor-Department of Government, at New Mexico State University to discuss a survey to be mailed out to target the low income areas. A short discussion was held regarding the priorities for 1997 and 1998. Mr. Rucks stated the Community Development Advisory Committee would continue to review the process for reaching a consensus of the priorities. It was also the consensus of the Advisory Committee to modify this years priorities in the Consolidated Plan. Ms. Hunt motioned for the Advisory Committee to eliminate the second page of the Consolidated Plan and assess this years proposals based on the needs established from this years public input. Mr. Ford seconded the motion. The vote for the record was: Ms. Hunt: aye, Dr. Ford: aye, Mr. Rucks: aye, Ms. Daniels: aye, and Mr. Paz: aye. The motion carried. C. Review of Public input meetings for the dates of February 5, February 13, and February 20, 1997. Discussion centered on the Neighborhood Public Hearings held on February 5, and February 13, 1997. There was a short report from each Advisory Committee member on the input from their Neighborhood Public Hearings. Mr. Fahrenkrog read the report for District No. 4 since Ms. Medina was absent, and Ms. Hunt reported on the City Wide Public Hearing held on February 20, 1997, at City Hall. A discussion followed to review the priorities of each District. Overall, the publics desire was infrastructure. 2 It was the consensus of the Advisory Committee that infrastructure such as housing, I streets and sidewalks, home rehabilitation; and after school programs were considered as the main priorities for all the public hearings. The Community Development Advisory Committee requested that city staff be available for streets and sidewalks, and Home Rehabilitation projects. It was also suggested that city staff would provide costs and project information. A short discussion followed regarding Dunn Drive and the need for streets and sidewalks, sewage, flood control; and gas hookups in that area. d. Other There were several members of the public present and therefore, it was the consensus of the Community Development Advisory Committee to hear the publics brief comments. The floor was then opened for discussion and members of the audience voiced their concerns of what they felt the Community Development Block Grant funds should be used for. There was a concern about some streets and sidewalks areas not being funded with Community Development Block Grant funds. It was suggested that any streets and sidewalks that could not be funded with these funds be forwarded to City Council for consideration. Mr. Ericson stated that a quarter percent of gross receipts tax went toward these streets and sidewalks. There were several concerns regarding the continuity and structure of the Community Development Office. The main concern was the reorganization and tracking of funds and the absence of a Community Development Director. Also discussed was the administration costs of the Community Development Office and Home Rehabilitation Program, and adequate pay for Community Development staff. Mr. Rucks stated the Committee will ask to be briefed on the Community Development Office's organizational structure during the Committee's discussion on the PY 97/98 Administrative allocation. Other needs and concerns of the public were as follows: • CDBG funds set aside for catastrophes such as fire, flood, etc... Mr. Rucks stated he would do some research on an emergency relief fund • San Pedro Street - street repairs such as sidewalks and pavements • Community policing, after school programs • Petition to help homeless veterans 3 • Assistance for child abuse prevention • More Home Rehabilitation Mr. Fahrenkrog stated that with the Casto Travel Issue the Community Development Office generated plenty of publicity. Ms. Gallegos appeared on local television, Channel No. 7 News on Thursday, February 13, 1997, while taking notes in regards to the Casto Travel Issue for the Neighborhood Public Hearing at Lynn Middle School. Also, through the Public Information Office, Mr. Fahrenkrog was asked to appear on local Television, Channel No. 48 on Saturday, February 22, 1997, to discuss the Community Development Block Grant Process. The television broadcast will be aired on Thursday, February 27. 1997. Mr. Rucks and Mr. Fahrenkrog will get together to draft a proposed method of evaluating Community Development Block Grant proposals. Mr. Rucks stated the Community Development Advisory Committee will then review the evaluation process. Ms. Daniels indicated for the record that there had been money spent in the East Mesa area but not in the Mesa Development area. V. ADJOURNMENT The Community Development Advisory ommittee Meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m. l4. Al ed Rucks, Chairman Yv Medina, Secretary 4 1 z COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: THAT the Community Development Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting Tuesday, February 25, 1997, at 7 : 00 p.m. , in the City Office Center, Room #248, at 575 S . Alameda, Las Cruces, New Mexico. For more information, call 526-0638 . The City of Las Cruces will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities who wish to attend public meetings . Please notify the City at least 24 hours before the meeting. Telephone 526-0000 or TDD 526-1222 . The following is the proposed agenda for this meeting: MEETING AGENDA I . CALL TO ORDER II . ROLL CALL III . APPROVAL OF MINUTES a. January 30, 1997 b. February 12, 1997 (Worksession) IV. NEW BUSINESS a. Briefing on CDBG Application Training b. Priorities for 1997/98 C . Review of Public imput meetings for the dates of February 5, February 13 , and February 20 , 1997 d. Other V. ADJOURNMENT AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYEER P.O.Box 20000 LAS CRUCES,NEW MEXICO 80004 Phone 505/526-0000