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What improvement projects are needed in your town?

Posted on 02/08/2021
What improvement projects are needed in your town?

If you could improve one thing in your community, what would it be? Does your town need more accessible sidewalks? What about a better transportation system? Is your community in need of a senior living center or youth center? As part of the Weld County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, we’re giving residents a chance to address these issues.

Last fall, we invited residents to take a survey designed to bring attention to local needs within Weld County communities. Now, we have two new ways to let us know what improvements you think should occur in your community.

First, we are inviting you to email Don Sandoval, Weld County CDBG Program Manager, at dosandoval@weldgov.com by 5:00 p.m. on February 16. Your email should include the following:
• Your name.
• What town you live in.
• What community improvement is needed.
• If the need was met, how would this improve your community?

Second, tell us in person at either Weld County Board of Commissioners meetings on Wednesday, February 17, or Monday, March 8, at 9:00 a.m. in the Centennial Hearing Room of the Weld County Administration Building, located at 1150 O Street in Greeley.

“We encourage residents to tell us their thoughts about community improvement projects that are needed in our county,” Weld County Commissioner Chair Steve Moreno said. “This program benefits our residents and county as a whole, so hearing the public’s thoughts helps the process.”

Comments made will be included in the Needs Assessment section of the Consolidated Plan. The plan, as a whole, outlines requirements by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address three clear national objectives by the CDBG program: Principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons; prevent and/or eliminate blight; and address an urgent need. At least 70% of the CDBG funds received by Weld County must principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons.

Upon approval of the Consolidated Plan by the board, the plan will be submitted to HUD.

Weld County’s CDBG program will be funded through an entitlement allocation from HUD, which 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 the next few months at an annual estimated entitlement of approximately $960,200.

This past June, the county secured Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) with 25 of its municipalities to implement community improvement projects and allocate program funds accordingly.

For more information on Weld County’s CDBG program, go to https://www.weldgov.com/government/cdbg_weld_county.