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 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.