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PUBLIC NOTICE AND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Public Hearing will cover the Application and Closeout for CDBG funds for a Regional Business Loan Fund

PUBLIC NOTICE AND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Public Hearing will cover the Application and Closeout for CDBG funds for a Regional Business Loan Fund

The five Counties of Southwest Colorado, Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan, through intergovernmental agreement with La Plata County acting as lead county, plan to submit a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application to the State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs, C/O the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. CDBG funds are intended to provide decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities, principally for low-and moderate-income persons through rehabilitation and preservation, economic/job development, and public facilities improvements. 

The application being considered would request $580,000 for the Region 9 Business Loan Fund.   In addition, the application requests that the Scope of Services will include the use of CDBG funds for planning and feasibility studies, as specifically approved by the State on a case-by-case basis. It is estimated that approximately 51% of the funds would benefit low-and moderate-income persons. Permanent involuntary displacement of neighborhood persons or businesses is not anticipated. Should it later become necessary to consider such displacement, alternatives will be examined to minimize the displacement. If no feasible alternative exists, required/reasonable benefits will be provided to those displaced to mitigate adverse effects and hardships. Any low- and moderate-income housing which is demolished or converted will be replaced. 
    
In addition, Region 9 will allow citizens to review and comment on the existing performance of the Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) contract which began on May 1, 2015 and expires on April 30, 2019.

A public hearing will be held no earlier than 10 am Friday, April 23, 2019 at the La Plata County Administrative Building, 1101 E 2nd Ave, Durango, CO, 81301 to obtain citizen views and to respond to proposals and questions related to:
The proposed CDBG application for the Region 9 Business Loan Fund in the amount of $580,000, $500,000 for direct business assistance and $80,000 in administration plus $303,748 of miscellaneous income available for administration. The application is proposed to be sponsored by La Plata County, acting as lead county for the five counties of Southwest Colorado through an Intergovernmental Agreement. It is proposed that the Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado, Inc. will administer the CDBG project through a Memorandum of Agreement with La Plata County.
Comment on performance of existing contract.

Written comments are also welcome and must be received by 4:00 P.M. on Friday, April 19, 2019 at the offices of Region 9 Economic Development District, 135 Burnett Drive, Unit 1, Durango, CO  81301; Attention: Laura Lewis Marchino. Information and records regarding the above described project are available at Region 9 Economic Development District, 135 Burnett Drive, Unit 1, Durango, CO 81301. Advance notice is requested.   

Information and records regarding the La Plata County’s proposed and past use of CDBG funds are available at the La Plata County Administrative Building during regular office hours.  Advance notice is requested.

If special accommodations are needed, please notify so that appropriate aids can be made available.

Published April 11, 2019
DOVE CREEK PRESS
Dove Creek, CO  81324

Dove Creek Press

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Dove Creek, CO 81324
970-677-2214

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