Davis County's economic development program will receive the bulk of more than $850,000 in federal community development funds in the upcoming year.
The Davis Council of Governments Wednesday approved funding recommendations made by a committee of its members, made up of mayors from each of the county's cities.The committee recommended the county's revolving loan fund receive $447,775 in Community Development Block Grant funds. The loan fund is used to bring new businesses into the county and help existing businesses expand, creating new jobs.
COG members also approved, over the protests of some members, $150,000 to the county's senior citizens to help in the construction of the new senior citizens center in Kaysville.
The senior citizens have already received $300,000 in block grant money over the past two years to build the new center, some mayors said. They felt the senior citizens should have tried harder to raise the rest of the money they need to complete the center's construction from other sources.
The non-profit Davis County Aging Services asked for $200,000 to help it complete the Kays-ville center, which it will then turn over to the county to operate, but the COG screening committee recommended funding only $150,000.
Other grants approved include $100,000 to the Davis County Housing Authority, which uses the money to rehabilitate low- and middle-income housing. The housing authority has received $100,000 annually for the past several years but this year, citing increasing costs, requested $125,000.
The council also approved $100,000 to Clear-field, out of $234,534 it asked, to construct a 10-inch water line to serve the Freeport Center. The Wasatch Front Regional Council will receive the $37,251 it sought for community development and planning services.
Although they initially granted a request by Davis County's Council on Aging for $30,000 to conduct a countywide needs assessment survey, COG members Wednesday voted to put the request on hold.
Farmington Mayor Robert Arbuckle, a screening committee member, said although he voted to fund the request, he had second thoughts about it after the committee's recommendations were finalized and sent on to the COG.
Arbuckle and Syracuse Mayor DeLore Thur-good said they want more information from the council on how the survey will be done and what information it seeks.
Council director Alice Johnson last month told the Davis County Commission the survey is required periodically by the federal agencies that help fund the program.
Johnson said a telephone survey would be accurate and recommended college students, perhaps from Weber State College, be hired to conduct the survey.
The screening committee rejected funding requests from three other cities, including two more from Clearfield. Turned down were Clearfield's separate requests for $261,562 and $247,560 for curb, gutter and sidewalk projects in two of the city's older residential areas.
Also turned down was a $140,000 request by Clinton for a curb, gutter, and sidewalk project along 10th West. A request by Bountiful for $450,000 to buy a fire truck was not considered, said committee members, because it was turned in after the deadline.
Community Development Block Grant money is distributed through the federal Housing and Urban Development agency and is designated to benefit low- and middle-income groups.