Today during our Community and Neighborhood Development we decided on where to put funding and how much allot to the several non-profits that receive CDBG monies. Essentially the federal government gives the cities money in the form of Community Development Block Grants, and they are spread over several organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs, Life Shelters etc. Since these are tax monies that are being spent it requires government oversight and that is what we did today in Committee.
Then in the afternoon session the most important thing was the determination of the crossing at Stadium Drive between Division and Abrams. It was decided that the sub grade crossing was simply too much money, 35 million. The council decided that an at grade crossing for 12 million is more in line with our needs for today. The remaining 23 million will be utilized for improvements to our city as needed, probably roads. Brought up before council was the fact that the video feed is not being broadcast of the citizen comment section of the council meetings. Both Rivera and I voted to reinstate the feed, however the other 7 were against that option.
The only item of importance that was on the evening agenda was that SafeLite, the auto glass company wants to move into the old Arlington Athletic Store at 2411 S. Cooper. The building has been vacant for the last 3 years. It looks as though the company is going to put in a ton of money to renovate the grounds and building. The vote was 8-1 with Sheri Capehart being in decent. The item concerning Richard Simpson Park, the one at the marina, remained on the table until the next meeting. Parks and Recreation wanted to give us more information before continuing with that discussion.