Pubdate: Fri, 02 Mar 2007
Source: Nevada Appeal (Carson City, NV)
Copyright: 2007 Nevada Appeal
Author: Terry Harber
Bookmark: (Methamphetamine)


Carson City elected officials have earmarked anti-methamphetamine 
efforts and outdoor playing fields for local youths as their top 
priorities for federal grant money expected to come to the community.

The Boys & Girls Club of Western Nevada has asked for $253,000 to 
construct a multipurpose outdoor field as a public facility. The 
city's public works department also would like $267,600 to improve 
sidewalks around Empire Elementary School so disabled residents could 
get around more easily.

An advisory group comprised of residents and local government 
officials reviewed requests from several sources within the 
community. Their recommendations were provided to the supervisors, 
who met on Thursday.

The supervisors will make their final decisions about how the money 
will be spent after residents get an opportunity to comment on the plan.

The review group rated the sidewalk improvements as most worthy, but 
the supervisors opted to fund the Boys & Girls Club heavily - their 
entire request. Leftover money, roughly $54,300, would go to sidewalk 
upgrades, part of which would come from last year's grant budget.

"While I usually defer to individuals on boards and commissions, we 
have an entity that helps low- and moderate-income families," said 
Supervisor Richard Staub.

Mayor Marv Teixeira didn't participate in this vote because of his 
longtime involvement with the Boys & Girls Club board.

The public-service portion of the grant went to the Community 
Counseling Center to pay for an employee to manage methamphetamine 
treatment cases, $58,343. It had the second highest recommendation.

The other group vying for money is the Ron Wood Family Resource 
Center, for mental health counseling of youths. It came in first with 
the advisory panel.

The money is distributed this way: 65 percent for public facilities 
and improvements, 15 percent for public service and the rest, 20 
percent, for administrative work.

A 30-day public comment period is required before the allocations are 
again put before the supervisors for their final approval. Residents 
can turn in written comments between March 15 and April 13 at the 
court house, City Hall, Carson City Library, and the Public Works department.

Supervisors will make their final decisions in May.

The grants, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban 
Development, have been around for more than 30 years.

Last year's allotment went toward such things as the purchase of a 
city fire truck and anti-meth efforts.

CDBG money is separated between public and private recipients. Last 
year, the city received about $457,400. This year's total is expected 
to be comparable, but hasn't been determined, said Javier Ramirez, 
the city's citizen outreach coordinator and grant coordinator.
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