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Public input needed on improvement projects

Posted on 10/15/2020
Public input needed on improvement projects

In an ongoing process to understand the needs of its citizens, Weld County encourages residents to take a Citizen Needs Survey. The survey was open October 15, 2020 until November 1, 2020.

An element of Weld County’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Citizen Needs Survey asks residents to identify any needs they see in the community or their own lives related to housing; public improvements such as street lighting, water and drainage systems; and public services such as transportation and access to services for older adults. Don Sandoval, CDBG Program Manager, will then add the needs identified to the Needs Assessment section of the proposed Consolidated Plan to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“We received valuable responses from the first survey in August, and we hope to receive more input by sending it out a second time,” said Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman. “Feedback is critical to ensuring CDBG funds will meet the needs of our residents. A short survey can provide valuable input to municipalities; helping this money have the greatest impact on our communities.”

Weld County’s CDBG program will be funded through an entitlement allocation from HUD. An entitlement allocation is given to counties considered to be urban — meaning a population of 200,000 or more. Weld County has more than 300,000 residents. Allocation for the county is expected to be received in early 2021, at an annual estimated entitlement of approximately $1 million.

In June, the county secured Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) with 25 of its municipalities to implement community improvement projects and allocate program funds accordingly. Projects may include improvements to and implementation of water systems, streets, community centers, food banks, shelters, health clinics, etc.

Learn more about Weld County’s CDBG program at