Grosse Pointe Park reallocates block grant funding

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published December 27, 2017

PARK — Some federal funding is going to be used for a different purpose in Grosse Pointe Park next year.

The city’s 2017 Community Development Block Grant funds had been approved earlier this year for work to replace sidewalk ramps with new ones compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. But during a Dec. 11 City Council meeting, City Manager Dale Krajniak asked the council to approve reallocating those funds for handicapped parking improvements on the City Hall campus, and for city spaces near St. Ambrose Catholic Church.

“It’ll be a better use of the funds,” Krajniak told the council.

He said that this fall, the city addressed sidewalks that were “of particular concern” as part of ongoing improvements along Mack Avenue.

The Park expects to receive $49,477.50 in CDBG funds for the 2017-18 fiscal year. Of those dollars, $4,947.75 are for administrative costs associated with managing the CDBG funds at the municipal level. The remaining $44,529.75 would be spent on handicapped parking.

“I understand this is an adjustment in our budget for how we use the CDBG money,” Mayor Robert Denner said.

The council voted unanimously Dec. 11 in favor of reallocating the funds.

The funds — which originate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — are channeled through the Wayne County CDBG Program and can only be used for certain types of efforts.

As required by the guidelines associated with the funds, City Councilman Daniel Grano noted, “There has to be another public hearing tomorrow (on the allocations).”

Grano said they would hold the second public hearing Dec. 12 with administrators at City Hall. Approval of the allocations was conditional on the results of the second hearing.

Park officials said there were no changes that resulted from the second public hearing.

Call Staff Writer K. Michelle Moran at (586) 498-1047.