GJ council reconsiders, backs grant for homeless shelter
Grand Junction’s homeless shelter found a soft landing a second time around with city councilors.
Officials at Homeward Bound, a shelter at 2853 North Ave., last month wanted to change the use of a grant from purchasing property to making needed repairs in its building. Councilors denied that request, but on Wednesday night, they approved the grant funds for a new proposal to purchase land for a family shelter.
Homeward Bound’s Executive Director Doug Karl said the agency is in process of finding a parcel of land to construct a new shelter.
“There are five areas that we’ve looked at,” he said of potential sites with local services nearby.
Councilors unanimously approved passing along the $109,971 in federal Community Development Block Grant dollars.
Plans for the family shelter include several buildings to house families for varying amounts of time, Karl said. Homeward Bound also plans to build a community area to allow medical service providers to help homeless clients. The effort is to keep people from unnecessarily using local emergency rooms. Other aspects of the plan including creating a commercial kitchen, both to feed clients and to teach clients culinary skills. A janitorial program may also be included in the new shelter.
Homeward Bound has located other grant funds to make repairs at its current facility, Karl said.
In other business, councilors:
■ Approved by a 5-1 vote to allow city staff to apply for a Greater Outdoors Colorado grant to help fund the first phase of improvements at Las Colonias Park. Councilor Marty Chazen opposed it. Initial upgrades would include a shelter and restroom, additional trails and more parking areas.
■ Set a public hearing for Sept. 4 to consider an ordinance to prohibit the retail sale, production, cultivation and manufacturing of marijuana within city limits.
■ Set a public hearing for Aug. 21 to consider whether to continue a sales and use tax exemption for aircraft parts. City councilors voiced their approval in a previous meeting to extend the policy that has been in place for the past three years. If it is not approved, the sales tax exemption would sunset this month.
■ Approved spending $186,700 to replace 30-year-old sliding gates at the entrance to the Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant.