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Tuesday, June 9, 2020
city Council Meeting
meeting of the Liquor Control Commission and Carbondale City Council tonight at 6 p.m. Have another group of bushiness applying for Community Development Block Grant Funds. I would expect these get passed without any difficulty:
n response to the economic emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Pritzker announced on March 25, 2020, that the State of Illinois had repurposed $20 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds in support of small businesses in downstate and rural communities across Illinois.
Under the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines that oversee the use of CDBG funds, participating units of local government are required to ensure that residents will be given reasonable and timely access to local meetings, consistent with accessibility and reasonable accommodation requirements in accordance with federal law, as well as information and records relating to the unit of local government's proposed and actual use of CDBG funds.
The purpose of this public hearing is to hear testimony in favor of, or in opposition to, the use of CDBG funds to support local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 emergency, and to encourage citizens to submit their views and proposals regarding the City of Carbondale's community development and housing needs.
A notice of a hearing that informs the public of these grant applications and provides an opportunity to review them must be published at least 7 days prior to a public hearing before the City Council. The applications were published on the City’s website on May 29, 2020, and the notice was published in the Southern Illinoisan on May 31, 2020.
A Resolution in support of grant applications to the State of Illinois on behalf of the City of Carbondale’s local businesses will be considered later in the agenda to allow ample opportunity for the public to make comments.
Staff recommends the City Council hold a Public Hearing to hear testimony in favor of or in opposition to the submission of these grant applications.