Davis County agencies are applying for $1.2 million in federal funds that the county is expected to receive in 1989, with the bulk of the request targeted for economic development.
The Davis County Commission this week held a public hearing and then endorsed the funding requests, which will be forwarded to the Davis Council of Governments (COG) for final distribution of the federal Community Development Block Grant funds.At a COG meeting later, an eight-member committee of mayors and commissioners from Davis County was appointed to review and rank the requests. Funding requests are also expected from some cities in the county.
The federal funds are earmarked for projects aiding middle- and low-income residents. The bulk of the money over the last four years has been appropriated for the county's revolving loan fund, used to spur economic development.
Funding has also gone to the county housing authority, senior citizens, the South Davis Fire District, and to various cities for public works proj-ects ranging from rehabilitating streets and sidewalks to installing water systems.
The Davis Council on Aging requested $200,000 to finish the senior citizens center now under construction in Kaysville. The non-profit agency was formed to raise money to build the center, then turn it over to the county for operation.
The 10,000-square-foot center is under construction in downtown Kaysville on a site donated by the city. City Manager John Thacker is acting as the project's construction supervisor.
Thacker told the commission that COG has already donated $250,000 in community development funds for the center, spread over the last two years, and fund-raising efforts by the council have brought in another $110,000 in cash and other donations.
But the center will apparently cost more than $650,000 to build, higher than estimated, Thacker said, and a suggestion made last year that the seniors approach individual cities for donations has not been very successful.
Thacker said the $200,000 grant would ensure the building is finished and ready for service by mid-May. Rising costs have already forced a cutback on parts of the project, Thacker said, including construction of one of the planned parking lots.
Alice Johnson, director of the county's Aging Services department, requested $30,000 to conduct a survey of the senior citizen population and needs in the county.
The surveys are required periodically to keep federal grant money, Johnson said, and the survey results could be shared with other county agencies.
The Davis Housing Authority is requesting $125,000 for its ongoing housing rehabilitation program, up from $100,000 in recent years because of increasing construction costs.
The Wasatch Front Regional Council has asked for $37,000 to fund its operations for the coming year. The council, which provides planning and other services, is funded through contributions from cities and counties along the Wasatch Front.
More than $800,000, would go into the county's economic development program under the county's application. The revolving loan fund makes low-interest loans to businesses expanding or relocating in the county.
As the loans, with interest, are paid back, the money is used for new projects.