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Posted on: April 16, 2015

[ARCHIVED] 2015 - 2019 5 Year Consolidated Plan, 2015-2016 Action Plan/Project Request Public Hearing

City of Cumberland
Community Development Block Grant Program
2015-2019 5 Year Consolidated Plan
2015-2016 Action Plan/Project Request
Public Hearing

Public Notice
This is to notify the public that the City of Cumberland is currently soliciting for Community Development Block Grant Project Requests for the 2015-2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan and the 2015-16 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2015. The City will be receiving approximately $700,000 in CDBG funds this coming year. Project requests must be developed to meet 1 of the following national objectives:
1) Primarily benefit low-income persons
2) Be of an urgent and otherwise non-fundable need
3) Address slum/blight

In addition, the City's Consolidated Plan has prioritized identified needs for the area's low-income and special needs population and projects must also address at least 1 of those priority goals/objectives described in the 5-year plan. Eligible types of activities include:
-Blight removal
-Neighborhood improvements
-Job creation activities
-Public facilities
-Public services
-Infrastructure improvements.

The City of Cumberland will be holding its 1st Public Hearing to receive project requests on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 6:15 p.m. during the Mayor and City Council Meeting at City Hall. This meeting room is handicapped accessible. Anyone needing additional accommodations should contact the Department of Community Development, Lower Level, City Hall at least 3 days prior to the meeting to make necessary arrangements.

The deadline to submit a project request is Friday, February 20, 2015. Once all project requests are received, the city will rate and rank those requests based on their initial eligibility, ability to address an identified goal in the Consolidated Plan proposed goals, agency capacity/experience, project complexity, matching funds, and funding availability.

If you have a specific project that you would like to have considered for funding, please submit your project request by February 20, 2015 to the City of Cumberland Department of Community Development, City Hall, 57 N Liberty Street - Lower Level, Cumberland, Maryland 21502. If you have any questions you can contact Ms. Lee Borror or Mr. Jay Oliver within the Department of Community Development at 301-759-6437, 301-759-6433 or TDD # 1-800-735-2258. You can also email a project request or question to Lee Borror.

Technical assistance meetings will be held on Wednesday, January 21, and Thursday, January 22, AT 10 a.m.

Technical assistance meetings will consist of a brief overview of the CDBG application/proposal process, guidance on new requirements within the CDBG program, and any questions related to goals or projects. Each meeting will be held in the City Hall Conference Room (2nd floor of City Hall).

*Attendance at ONE of the technical assistance meetings is required in order for any agency/organization to submit a proposal for 2015-2016 Community Development Block Grant funding. Please RSVP to 1 of the meetings listed above.

A 2nd public hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 (see agenda for final date confirmation) at 6:15 p.m. during the Mayor and City Council meeting at City Hall to recommend projects for submittal in the 2015 Action Plan. A 30-day comment period will begin on March 20, 2015 and end on April 21, 2015 affording the public opportunity to comment on the projects proposed for funding and the 2015-19 CDBG 5 Year Consolidated Plan. Final adoption of the Plan including projects for the upcoming fiscal year will occur at the end of the comment period, regular Mayor & Council meeting, Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

Community Betterment project proposals for neighborhoods with active community groups will be accepted through February 20, 2015. All questions and comments should be forwarded to Jay Oliver at 301-759-6433 or Ms. Lee Borror at 301-759-6437.

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