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Goshen Board of Works OKs distribution of block grant funds to local organizations

The nearly $49,000 will be distributed to seven local organizations for planning and public services.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:45 p.m.

GOSHEN — The city will distribute a total of $48,916 in grants to seven local organizations as part of this year’s Community Development Block Grant program. 

The Goshen Board of Works and Public Safety approved the sub-recipient agreements for the Community Development Block Grant. The agreed sub-recipients and grants are the following:

  • LaCasa Inc.; $5,475
  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Goshen Inc.; $7,500
  • Center for Healing and Hope; $5,000
  • Council on Aging of Elkhart County; $5,000
  • Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network; $9,697
  • Maple City Health Care Center; $4,500
  • Walnut Hill Early Childhood Center; $11,744

The public grants given out this year will be used to fund access to medicine, an early childhood education scholarship program, daily nutrition programs, senior transportation and a program to increase the availability of primary health care.

The city’s Community Development Block Grant program concentrates efforts, such as housing rehabilitation and infrastructure improvements in a specific neighborhood for several consecutive years, according to this year’s action plan draft. The Historic Dickerson Landing neighborhood is in it’s fourth year of receiving grants for neighborhood-wide improvement efforts.

Other funding is used for planning, general administration and environmental reviews. Residents were able to discuss needs and priorities for the 2014 plan at a public hearing in March.

OTHER BUSINESS

  • The board approved the closing of S. 13th Street between Leroy and Mervin Streets Aug. 2, from 3 to 9 p.m., for a neighborhood block party. They also approved the closing of the 500 block of S. 7th Street on Aug. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. for a neighborhood picnic. Terri Wentz, chairwoman with the Historic Southside Neighborhood Association told the board in a statement that the neighborhood association contacted the Goshen Police Department to have bicycle registrations provided during the neighborhood picnic.
  • The board approved the conditional hiring of Zachary Miller as probationary patrol officer with the Goshen Police Department, with the condition that he successfully passes physical and psychological examinations and that he is approved by state and local pension boards.
  • The board approved a sidewalk and curb 50/50 program agreement between two residents and the city to replace their curb in the 600 block of S. Sixth Street. The total cost will be $400 and the city has agreed to pay $200.

Follow Elkhart Truth reporter Sharon Hernandez on Twitter at @Sharon_HT


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