City approves $422,478 in block grants

Grand Junction City Council members approved a list of recommended recipients for $422,478 worth of 2010 community development block grants Monday evening.

The city will submit the recommendations to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in July and should receive approval from HUD by the end of August to disburse the funds as recommended beginning Sept. 1.

HUD will contribute $374,550 to the community development block grant fund this year. The remaining money to be dispensed this year will come from money left over from previous years.

The city received $1.3 million in requests for community development block grant dollars this year.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the council authorized the city to apply for an annual Bureau of Justice Assistance grant worth $65,342, which the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Department would use to purchase radios.

As has been the case each first and third week of the month since mid-January (with the exception of one week in February where there was a council meeting Monday and a budget meeting Wednesday), the council will only have one meeting this week.

The continual cancellation of either the Monday or Wednesday meeting twice a month came up in conversation at an afternoon council workshop Monday.

City Manager Laurie Kadrich told council members she’d like council members to continue to have the option of using the scheduled Monday and/or Wednesday night for meetings on a council week, especially if the list of agenda items begins to grow. Item lengths have decreased since the economy turned in Mesa County.

Mayor Pro Tem Bonnie Beckstein said she likes having council workshops during the lunch hour on Monday and would prefer not to switch back to having Monday night workshops and Wednesday night council meetings, a system the city used to have. If council meetings continue to be cancelled, Beckstein said she’d prefer to have workshops and night meetings on the same day in order to stay “focused” on council topics. Councilman Gregg Palmer agreed with the Monday preference, but said some Wednesdays could be used as a pinch hitter if there’s a holiday or other event on Mondays.

“There’ll be a lot of Wednesdays we can bag, but we may need some of them,” he said.


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