County supervisors on Tuesday approved the use of up to $70,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to repair the elevator tower at the Redwood Cove Apartments.

The tower's outside facade and support structures on the second and third floors have needed repair for more than two years, said Charlaine Mazzei, executive director of the Del Norte Senior Center and the Redwood Cove Community Center.

"We've got an engineer on board," Mazzei said. "SHN Engineering is in the process of putting a bid package together. As soon as we get the OK from this board and (the state Department of Housing and Community Development) to use the funding, I can ask them to finish that up."

Four members of the Board of Supervisors voted in favor of the project. Supervisor Martha McClure, who sits on the Del Norte Senior Center Board of Directors, recused herself.

The CDBG "program income" money approved for the project comes in the form of repayment of housing rehabilitation, business assistance and micro-enterprise loans originally made with CDBG funds, according to the county's staff report. These loan repayments are deposited into a revolving loan account to be used for additional loans.

In 2010, the CDBG program adopted a policy that allows program income funds to be used for other CDBG-eligible activities that are not revolving loans and are not being funded by an active grant, according to the staff report.

Red Cove originally requested $80,000 for the project, but the Revolving Loan Committee recommended $70,000 be applied to the project, said county fiscal manager Jim Carnegie.

The county included the elevator tower project in its application for CDBG funding in 2012, according to the staff report, but the project was not funded.

The total project is estimated to cost $110,000, according to the county staff report. The balance of the project funds will come from funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to the report.

Redwood Cove representatives expect to release a request for proposals for construction of the project in early June, Mazzei said. They hope the project will be done this fall.

"We don't want to go through another winter with this the way it is," she said.

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