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Homeless shelters, emergency repair among grant-funded projects
by Garrett Valenzuela
May 13, 2013 | 2279 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sparks City Council Monday approved more than $500,000 in grant funding for community development. That money will be combined with funds from prior years totaling more than $1 million.

The funding allocations for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Consortium Annual Action Plan for the fiscal year of 2013-14 will total $1,047,319. During CDBG program years, the City of Sparks receives direct funding, which this year totals $545,181. Additionally, the city’s partnership with the Washoe County HOME Consortium (WCHC) brings in supplemental funds as well. The city has identified projects and services to carry out using the new block grant funding including:

•$126,473 for planning and administrative activities including; planning and administration, housing rehab administration, fair housing and continuum of care.

•$81,777 to support operation of the Community Assistance Center (Homeless Shelters).

•$50,000 for the city administered Emergency Repair Grant Program (ERG).

The city will use the carryover funds for previously approved activities including:

•$95,000 for the city administered single family, owner-occupied housing rehabilitation loan program.

•$188,000 for Community Assistance Center facility improvements. Some activity will be funded with a combination of new and reprogrammed funds:

•$506,069 for pedestrian improvements in a project area with boundaries of Pyramid Way on the west, Prater Way to the north, 4th Street to the east and Victorian Avenue on the south. Of this amount, approximately $286,931 is new funding and $219,138 is from previous years.

The WCHC proposed projects include a pre-planning of the Sage Apartments, a new multi-family apartment development proposed for a site at the intersection of 4th and Wright Way in Sparks.

On a separate agenda item, the Sparks City Council awarded Spanish Springs Construction with a portion of the 2013 Curb, Gutter, Sidewalk and Pavement Replacement Project worth $432,444. This portion of the project will target Sbragia Way from Rock Boulevard to 9th Street, and 9th Street from Sbragia Way to Greenbrae Drive.

City of Sparks Professional Engineer John Martini said in a staff report the debilitated roadway in Sparks does not function properly. He said the work to be done by Spanish Springs construction is in a preventative nature designed to save the city money.

“The concrete surface is spalling, causing trip hazards as well as restricting flow within the curb and gutter,” Martini said in the report. “The existing roadway has deteriorated and is in need of repair, an overlay at this time will repair the roadway in a preventative manner and save the city money by not having to rebuild the road in the future at a much higher cost.”

Three local parks were also approved for improvements Monday by the Council. The parks will receive new playground equipment and shading for the upcoming summer season. The Council approved $40,700 for a Mega Span Shade at Shadow Mountain Sports Complex that staff said will provide shade and protect spectators from foul balls.

Cottonwood Park near the Truckee River was also approved for four shading structures, which will be purchased and installed for about $61,000. The shading, according to city staff, will provide “much needed shade and seating” for frequent visitors to the park.

Van Meter Park in east Sparks will replace 14-year-old playground equipment that was deemed unsafe after a city review. The new equipment will be purchased for just less than $26,000 and will be the “standard play equipment” the city places in local parks, according to the staff report. It will satisfy ages 2 and older.
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