Jessica Cejnar / Monday, March 9 @ 12:59 p.m. / Community, Infrastructure

City Seeks CDBG Dollars For F Street Addition To Storm Drain Project; Transitional Housing Program Bows Out of Application Process

Surf Apartments sits on Front Street, which will undergo a storm drain project to alleviate flooding. Photo: Andrew Goff


Crescent City will likely be able to obtain enough grant dollars to extend its Front Street storm drain project to F Street, the city finance director told Councilors on Thursday.

However, the transitional housing pilot project proposed by Seven Angels Last Stop Services is not ready to meet the requirements needed to apply for the 2019-2020 Community Development Block Grant by the April 15 deadline, Finance Director Linda Leaver told the Council on Thursday.

Three members of the Crescent City Council authorized staff to spend $3,500 on a new application to seek “over-the-counter” dollars under this year’s 2019-2020 CDBG cycle. Mayor Pro Tem Heidi Kime and Councilor Isaiah Wright were absent.

Another way the city could potentially get enough grant dollars to add F Street to the Front Street storm drain project is to use dollars under the 2017 CDBG cycle that other agencies have had to disencumber, Leaver said.

With the deadline a little over a month away, however, Leaver asked for Council approval Thursday to submit an application for the current year’s CDBG cycle rather than wait until its regular meeting on March 16.

At their March 2 meeting, Councilors authorized staff to spend up to $10,000 in dollars generated through CDBG-funded projects for application costs. With three projects totaling $8,000 in application costs, there is about $2,000 left, Leaver said Thursday. She asked the Council to approve an additional $1,500 to prepare a CDBG application for the F Street addition to the storm drain project.

Crescent City has about $34,000 in dollars generated through its CDBG-funded programs, Leaver told the Council on March 2. She suggested using those dollars to submit applications for the 2019-2020 grant cycle.

The Council approved proposals from the North Coast Rape Crisis Team and the Community Food Council’s Pacific Pantry.

On Thursday, Leaver noted that the design and specifications for the F Street addition to the storm drain project is finished.

Public Works Director Jon Olson told the Council that Tidewater Contractors assured them they could complete the storm drain project with the addition “on or before June 30, 2021.”

City Manager Eric Wier said the city also has a performance bond with Tidewater Contractors ensuring they’ll finish the project by their deadline.

Tidewater Contractors will lead a project that includes widening storm drain capacity on Front Street between B and G streets and on C Street in Crescent City. The City Council approved a $3.8 million contract with Tidewater last month. The project will be paid for with a $4.2 million CDBG grant.

Adding F Street to the project would bring the total cost to about $5 million, Wier told the Council on Thursday.

As for Seven Angels Last Stop Services, Leaver said Thursday she and city accountant, Bridget Lacey, met with the organization’s representatives to discuss the CDBG application process.

On March 2, co-founder Kristen Wilson said Seven Angels plans to acquire trailers, refurbish them and offer them to those transitioning from homelessness. The cost for the pilot project would be about $70,000 for purchasing and refurbishing five trailers, she told Councilors. Each would serve about four different families throughout the year, Wilson said.

On Thursday, Leaver said the organization’s representatives agreed they’re not ready to meet the requirements for the 2019-2020 CDBG application.

“It’s a great idea, potential project for the future,” Leaver said. “We did point them to additional resources that may help them get ready. We may see them in the future.”

Leaver said they urged Wilson to work with the NorCal Continuum of Care, which manages U.S. Housing and Urban Development dollars for homelessness programs in Del Norte and other Northern California counties. Staff also directed Seven Angels to the No Place Like Home working group and the Crescent City Housing Authority.

Crescent City Mayor Blake Inscore also urged Leaver to direct Seven Angels to the Del Norte Nonprofit Alliance for assistance.



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