The Arcata City Council today will continue its discussion on a community block grant application and provide direction to staff on whether it should submit a proposal for $600,000 in housing repairs.
After assessing the competitiveness of projects, staff recommend the city submit an application for the low-income Windsong Duplexes and Juniper Apartments over a sewer project, according to a staff report.
The grant would go toward roofing, siding, stairwell and other major capital repairs.
During the last council meeting, Deputy Community Development Director David Loya said he wasn't sure if the $1 million sewer project, which would replace failing underground sewage lines, would be competitive enough to secure the grant. Staff planned to use census data to identify low-income blocks in Sunny Brae before making a decision.
The city also plans to apply for a $500,000 business loan program grant and $100,000 in planning and technical assistance funds.
A new industrial park could be built on the Happy Valley Industrial Park property if the application is approved. The city could also construct a condominium-style building on a vacant lot in the Aldergrove Industrial Park to sell to private, local companies who want to own property.
In other business, the council will vote on sending a letter to the United States Sentencing Commission about the sentencing guidelines for environmental destructive marijuana “trespass grows” on public and private land.
”We would like to urge the Sentencing Commission to take action,” a draft of the letter states. “We are concerned that existing guidelines do not adequately address the long-term detrimental impacts these operations pose to both the environment and to the safety of nearby communities.”
If you go:
What: Arcata City Council meeting
Where: City Council chamber, 736 F St.
When: 6 p.m. today
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