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$689,000 ALLOTTED FOR BLOCK GRANT

The Common Council has approved the allocations for a $689,000 federal Community Development Block Grant, whose application has to be sent to the Buffalo office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Funds will be distributed to 11 organizations and the city for activities that will benefit low- and moderate-income residents.

City officials held a four-hour meeting Monday night with a consultant and a 12-member citizens group, Partners for a Better Community. Applications for the federal funds were reviewed by the group, and a list was developed. This list was approved at Tuesday night's Council meeting.

The city will receive $75,000 to demolish unsafe buildings, $150,000 to rehabilitate owner-occupied housing and $114,198 for administrative support for the program.

Other organizations and the amounts to be received are:

Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation & Improvement Corp., $150,000 for home-ownership purchase incentive, $35,000 for repurchase education and $15,000 for a job-development program.

Chautauqua Opportunities, $20,000 for home-ownership purchase education.

Core Area Preservation Co., $74,750 for home-ownership down payment grants.

Boys & Girls Club, $32,302 for a youth activities learning center.

Adams Art Gallery, $7,500 for a youth and families art program.

Red Wing Co., $75,000 for an economic-development grant for on-site sewage pretreatment in connection with the new product line.

Chautauqua County Legal Services, $7,500 for expanded legal service.

Resource Center, $55,000 for a dental clinic.

Brooks Memorial Hospital, $6,250 for health education seminars.

Dunkirk Free Library, $20,000 to make the building accessible to disabled people.

Partners for a Better Community, $1,500 for administrative support.

In other action, the Council introduced local laws to require a certificate of code compliance for rental units and set fees for the necessary inspections.

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Janet Jankowski-George said the intent of the first law was to have the properties in the city "kept up."

"The local law will give the city the tools it needs for compliance with the codes," she said.

Two-family, owner-occupied dwellings do not need the certificates or inspections.

Public hearings on both laws will begin at 6:50 p.m. Oct. 3 before the next Council meeting.

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