Downtown assistance within resolutions

Jul. 06, 2013 @ 03:39 PM

Henderson faces a slate of resolutions for complying with state commerce division grant authorities to advance their chances for help in downtown development.

According to an agenda for the Henderson City Council on Monday, city leaders will also consider a 2,500-linear foot waterline extension into Warren County and acceptance of a federal emergency management grant to firefighters.

The three-part slate of compliance resolutions follow the city’s recently awarded Capacity Building Grant focused on the Flint Hill area. It includes adopting language access, a local jobs initiative and citizen participation plans.

The aim is to attain about $500,000 in federally funded Community Development Block Grant funding as well as other possible infusions of cash for city development priorities.

According to a memorandum from city manager Ray Griffin, the city already has the resolutions in place for the three plans but updates are needed.

Henderson adopted the Vance County Language Access Plan years ago, but the county followed recommendations to update their plan last month. The city is recommended to follow suit, according to Griffin.

The plan would follow federally mandated guidelines set forth from Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The city also has a citizen participation plan adopted in June 2009, but the recommended update includes sections on implementation, program assessment and technical assistance.

The local jobs initiative, or “Section 3” plan, follows the Urban Development Act of 1968, mandating extension of opportunities to applicable low-income residents first if they meet job qualifications when awarding construction contracts.

According to Griffin, Henderson followed the guidelines during the Hope VI projects, including measures for how the city monitors and reports the development activities.

In other business, because Warren County requested minor revisions in the May 15 agreement to extend Vance County’s water system lines into a neighborhood near the Vance County border, Vance and therefore Henderson leaders too are tasked with approval of the revised version.

• On Tuesday, the Henderson Fire Department received word they were awarded a $14,146 federal emergency management grant with a 5-percent city match of $744. The funding will help purchase two ventilation saws and 18 new fire hose nozzles.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.