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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 19, 2017

Keota sets public hearing for day care

By John Butters | Aug 09, 2017

 

KEOTA-Council members set public hearings for two major projects at Monday’s meeting.

An Aug. 24 public hearing is set for discussion of a city election for a tax to be collected for the construction of a day care in the amount of no more than $900,000.

The project could be elgible for a grant from the United States Agriculture Department or Community Development Grant (CBDG) funding.

If grant funding were to be obtained, it would reduce the amount needed by the city to pay for the proposed project.

In March, council members heard a presentation from a representative of the United States Agriculture Department (USDA) on how her agency could assist the community in the construction of a day care facility.

Sheryl Rice of the USDA’s Mt. Pleasant office, outlined a community facilities plan developed for small towns under the agency’s Rural Development Program.

Rice said the program provides direct loans and loan guarantees to numerous projects in several categories.

Those categories include health care, public facilities, community support, public safety, educational services, utility services, and food systems. Rural communities with populations under 20,000 are eligible for the program.

Rice also said at the meeting that a number of funding sources are available for construction, in addition to the USDA funding program. There is also the possibility of obtaining a Community Development Block Grant (CBDG), she said. The CDBG grants are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The CBDG grant requires a community Low to Moderate Income Survey (LMI) to qualify for funding. Council members said that survey has been completed.

Though the proposal is in the earliest stages of discussion, the city has indicated that it could provide a location for a 4,300 square-foot facility at the city park on North Davis. The site offers several advantages including access to play area and a convenient location.

A second public hearing is scheduled on the same night, Aug. 24, on an election for a tax to provide funds for the reconstruction and revitalization of the city pool, not to exceed $250,000.

Council members have discussed several options including the construction of a new pool.

But estimates of $1 million or more for a new pool have shifted the discussion to repair and renovation.

In another agenda item, council members approved the appointment of Toni Greiner to the position of Library Director.

Council members also approved an application for a grant from Alliant Energy’s STEM program for the purchase of two tablets and two coding robots.

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