Feb 13, 2020 11:57 PM

Area towns awarded Community Development Block Grants

Posted Feb 13, 2020 11:57 PM

TOPEKA – Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced today the award of more than $17 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to 39 Kansas communities.

A total of $17,486,103 in federal funds is being made available through the CDBG program this year. Communities receiving grants have presented plans for projects to make improvements toward water and wastewater systems, streets, facilities, and housing.

“Quality of life is key to economic development,” Secretary Toland said. “Each of these investments in critical infrastructure helps keep communities competitive as they work to retain and recruit residents and businesses. Governor Kelly and I are proud to support these projects in rural communities across our state.”

CDBG funds are one of Commerce’s primary tools in supporting the state’s small, predominantly rural communities. Each community awarded has a population less than 50,000.

The CDBG program allows the Department of Commerce to distribute federal funds to Kansas cities and counties looking to improve their communities. To receive funds, projects must meet at least one of the following federally mandated criteria:

The project benefits low- or moderate-income individuals

The project removes or prevents slum or blight conditions

The project eliminates an urgent need created by a disaster when local funds are unavailable

Grants in this category are awarded through an annual competition and support a variety of activities in communities throughout the state of Kansas.

The following communities in our area are recipients of Community Development Block Grants.

The City of Concordia will receive $561,660 in CDBG funds to make sanitary sewer and storm sewer improvements in the city. The city has local funds of $561,661 to contribute in matching funds.  

The City of Miltonvale will receive $35,212 in CDBG funds to complete a demolition project. The city will contribute a total of $35,213 through local city funds, force account construction and landfill fees.  

The City of Chapman will receive $600,000 in CDBG funds to build a non-discharging wastewater treatment facility to serve the city. The city will provide $3,535,794 in matching funds it secured through USDA Rural Development.  

The City of Solomon will receive $600,000 in CDBG funds to make water distribution system improvements throughout the city. The city will provide $1,416,424 in matching funds they have secured through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.  

The City of Lincoln Center will receive $600,000 in CDBG funds to make water distribution system improvements throughout the city. The city will provide $605,961 in matching funds they have secured through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.  

The City of Marion will receive $600,000 in CDBG funds to make water distribution improvements throughout the city. The city will provide $3,334,478 in matching funds they have secured through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.  

The City of McPherson will receive $300,000 in CDBG funds to rehabilitate approximately 13 homes for low- to moderate-income families. The city will provide $72,710 in local matching funds.  

The City of Minneapolis will receive $300,000 in CDBG funds to rehabilitate eight homes for owner-occupied and rental residents and demolish one unoccupied dilapidated housing unit. The city will provide $13,700 in local matching funds.  

The City of Belleville will receive $175,000 in CDBG grant funds to purchase a new Standard Pumper Fire Truck. The city will contribute $175,000 in local city matching funds.  

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Purse stolen from vehicle parked in partially open garage

A partially open garage door is believed to have contributed to the theft of a purse left inside an unlocked vehicle in the garage.

Salina Police Captain Paul Forrester said this morning that Christina Mikesell-Green, 43, parked her 2019 Honda Odyssey in the attached garage of her residence in the 2000 block of Highland Avenue at approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday and left her purse in the unlocked vehicle. When she prepared to leave for work the next morning, she realized that the garage door had not completely closed, he said.

When she went to work, Mikesell-Green realized that her maroon leather Fossil purse and its contents were missing, Forrester said. Items missing from the purse include a wallet with identification and credit cards, a pack of EpiPens, $300 in cash, and Target and Walmart gift cards, he said.

Total loss was estimated at just under $1,050, Forrester said.