Montclair to spend $423,164 in federal grants for alleys, graffiti removal and seniors – Daily Bulletin

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Montclair will fund $423,164 in community development block grant projects starting next fiscal year, after receiving a 27% increase in federal grants over last year.

Montclair City Council voted Tuesday, February 22 to spend the money on the following programs and projects:

• Application of the code: $30,000. This involves city employees who inspect violations of city regulations regarding public health, business operations and standards as well as land use and consumer protection.

• Removal of graffiti: $28,724. Crews remove unwanted graffiti from block walls, city buildings and city signs, for example.

• Transportation services for seniors, known as Golden Express Transportation: $15,000. The service offers free curb-to-curb pickup for seniors 60 and older in Montclair, according to the city’s website. The program, run by the city’s Department of Social Services, requires participants to pre-register and make reservations. For more information, call 909-625-9452.

• Street and alley improvements, including the Amherst Avenue and San Bernardino Street alleys: $349,440. The next steps are a design plan and then a bid will be issued for construction, City Manager Edward Starr said. “Hopefully this year we start the lane improvements,” Starr said in response to a question from Councilman Ben Lopez.

The city council rejected two requests from non-municipal agencies for block funding:

• The Assistance League of the Foothill Communities requested $20,000 for its “Operation School Bell” program. The program provides new clothing, such as underwear and socks, free of charge to students in the Ontario-Montclair School District and other nearby school districts, including the Chaffey Joint Union Secondary School District.

• Easterseals Southern California had requested $20,000 for autism assessments.

“We believe that the funds for these programs are available through other sources,” Starr told the city council.

Money for nonprofit outside agencies can only come from a limited portion of the city’s CDBG grant allocation, the city staff report explained. And this will be used for graffiti reduction and elderly transportation.

In addition to receiving $291,490 in CDBG dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the city is augmenting these funds with an additional balance of $131,674 from unspent block grant programs and projects.

The allocation and expenditures are planned for Montclair’s 2022-2023 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2022.

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