Girard City Council holds special meeting

By: Aaron Pyle   

         Wednesday, May 13, the Girard City Council held a special meeting requested by Mayor Mickey Pyle. The meeting was for a public hearing notice application for the community development block grant funds for the city of Girard. The funds are made possible for COVID-19 recovery which helps assist.

         All members of the council were present as Mayor Mickey Pyle called the meeting to order. Council member Sheldon DeLange then gave the invocation as well as the pledge of allegiance.

         First in the meeting, the council discussed Resolution 2020-07 which certifies legal authority and authorization to apply for the Community Development Block Grant Program(CDBG) from the Kansas Department of Commerce. The Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program allows the Department of Commerce to distribute federal funds to Kansas cities and counties looking to improve their community. The council approved the grant following a brief discussion.

         Following the approval, the council discussed an agreement for administrative consulting services for the 2020 Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant for the CDBG-CV program. CDBG-CV Economic Development grants provide communities with funding to help local businesses retain jobs for low-to-moderate income people. Members of the council then voted to go into an agreement with Susan Galemore.

         Next, the council went over the application recipient disclosure update report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Renewal for a community development block grant. Council members motioned to authorize Mayor Pyle to sign required forms for the community development block grant.

         After the decision the council moved onto the public hearing notice application for CBDG funds – city of Girard. The City of Girard will hold a public hearing via teleconference on Friday, May 22 at 5 p.m. The public can call 1-425-436-6382 and use the access code 845240# to listen to the meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to consider an application to be submitted to the Kansas Department of Commerce Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant funds under the CDBG-CV category. The maximum grant request will be $400,000 consisting of $300,000 for both micro and regular business assistant categories and $100,000 for meal programs. Council members approved the notice.

         Thereafter, Mayor Mickey Pyle adjourned the meeting.