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County Supervisors hearing today on grants

The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at 10:45 a.m. today on an application for $1.9 million from the Community Development Block Grant program for various projects and organizations in the community.

In its current form, the bulk of the application covers a $1,088,372 project for waterline and roadway improvements on Fred Haight Drive in the north county area.

County Administrative Officer Jay Sarina said it is actually two projects: a curb, gutter and sidewalk project for Fred Haight Drive and upgrade of water utility lines for Smith River Community Service District, which had previously received CDBG funding for the planning and technical design of the utility upgrade.

“Whenever we tear up a road, we look at the opportunity to upgrade utility districts,” Sarina said, adding that the pending projects in Smith River have been pushed back numerous times.

The next largest items on the application list include $250,000 for Court Advocacy Services through CASA Del Norte, which provides support for foster children, and $250,000 for Senior Nutrition, through the Del Norte Senior Center.

The current grant application also includes a $180,000 request for Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades at the Smith River Community Hall and $130,000 for general administration of the grants.

Sarina said there were many projects that didn’t make it on the list, but that with the new CDBG funding format and criteria, the county has to be strategic in applying.

“Thinking competitive-wise, we need to put together the best application that we have that’s most likely to receive funding,” Sarina said.

The supervisors will also consider separate grant applications related to transportation programs to create sidewalks and other improvements in the vicinity of Mary Peacock and Bess Maxwell elementary schools.

In other action today:

• The Border Coast Regional Airport Authority will give a presentation to supervisors at 11:30 a.m. on the project to remove or top a few hundred trees considered to be obstructions for the Ward Field airport in Gasquet.  

The tree removal project has spurred uproar from some Gasquet residents who say that trees scheduled for removal on their private property should not be on the chopping block.

• The Board will consider appointing Heidi Kunstal as director of the Del Norte County Community Development department.  Kunstal has been serving as interim director since last September.

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