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Wildwood approves acceptance of 2019 block grant funding

By: Jessica Meszaros

At its June 25 meeting, the Wildwood City Council passed an ordinance authorizing the submission of an application with the St. Louis County Department of Planning for 2019 Community Development Block Grant Funds.

The ordinance also authorizes the execution of the Municipal Housing and Community Development Supplemental Cooperation Agreement, which was originally approved for fiscal years 2015-2017 by the council in 2014. The agreement, in accordance with the terms of the Municipal Housing and Community Development Cooperation Agreement, was automatically renewed to continue for fiscal years 2018-2020.

The vote was 12-0 in favor of the ordinance, which received its first and second readings at the council’s June 25 meeting. Councilmembers Steve Taylor [Ward 4], Joe Garritano [Ward 8] and Don Bartoni [Ward 3] were absent. A Ward 6 council seat remains vacant.

The council held a public hearing on the ordinance at its June 11 meeting to discuss options for potential citywide upgrades, including purchasing computer software that would serve as a visual aid on the city’s website, low-income housing, senior yoga classes and possible accessibility upgrades. Following the discussion, a motion was made to authorize preparation of an acceptance letter for the allocation. The motion received an affirmative council vote.

According to the ordinance, the 2019 funds are intended to be used to provide programs for senior citizens in the community [$10,000] and to provide accessibility improvements [$15,500].

The city is currently eligible for an allocation of funds in the total amount of $25,500. The funds will become available for use after Jan. 1, 2019.


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