Firestone Via Transit Service subrecipient agreement approved

Published on July 22, 2021

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The first of three subrecipient agreements for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects was approved Wednesday by the Weld County Board of Commissioners.

“Approval of this subrecipient agreement between the county and Town of Firestone is an important step in the CDBG process,” Commissioner Chair Steve Moreno said. “It identifies the scope of the project, reimbursement process and requirements the town must follow.”

CDBG funds of $90,000 will aid in the expansion of the Town of Firestone’s Via Transit Service from three days to five per week and six hours to seven hours daily. The service provides transit to doctor’s appointments, health clinics and trainings located in surrounding communities for Firestone residents who are disabled, 60+ in age or low- to moderate-income individuals. Roughly 332 households are projected to be served annually, and this project could help even more residents.

“This service has already helped Firestone residents tremendously so they can travel back and forth to appointments and work,” said Paula Mehle, Town of Firestone Director of Economic Development and Project Manager for the Via Transit Service project. “One of our disabled residents utilizes this service regularly to get to his job, and this expansion will further help him be more independent.”

The subrecipient agreement is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order for the project to move forward. The Town of Firestone approved the subrecipient agreement at its July 14 Board of Trustees meeting.

For more information about Weld County’s CDBG program, visit https://www.weldgov.com/Government/County-Programs/Community-Development-Block-Grant.