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City wants public opinion on how to spend funds
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Hinesville officials have just a few weeks left to develop and complete the city's 2008 Annual Action Plan for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
They are looking to residents to help.
A public hearing Monday will let citizens voice their opinions on the plan, which outlines specific projects and activities the city will undertake using a $296,335 grant it got from HUD as an entitlement.
The funding is to help address the priority needs of the city as identified in a five-year consolidated plan created in 2004.
A preliminary version of the plan shows officials have tentatively allotted funds for:
- Azalea Street redevelopment project: $154,618
- Administration: $59,267
- Public service agencies: $44,450
- Homeless program case manager: $30,000
- Fair housing: $8,000
During a recent city council meeting, interim grants administrator Donita Gaulden said suggestions made by citizens at the hearing and during the 30-day comment period following the hearing "will be incorporated into the annual action plan to present to (council) at the May 15 council meeting."
If the council OKs the plan it will be submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development by May 22, she said.
The public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers.
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