2016 Third Quarter Awards
$11,712,681 in grants for 10 city projects and 2 county projects have been awarded.
City of Idanha
The city owns and operates a municipal water system and is in need of improvements to the antiquated system in order for the city to address compliance issues identified by Oregon Health Authority. The identified issues include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) deficient influent flow valve actuator and effluent flow valve actuator; (2) deteriorated and rusted components in the water treatment plant; (3) deteriorated distribution system with a high leakage rate (70-90%) which worsened the condition of the water treatment system as it forced it to work longer and beyond the capacity of the aged system; (3) broken debris within filters; (4) ph meter is not in compliance to the accuracy standard.
The actions the city is intending to address in the project are; (1) improvements to the Spring Transmission line; (2) raw water reservoir improvements; (3) water treatment plant improvements; (4) distribution system improvements; and (5) service meter replacements. Total award: $1,727,000.
City of La Pine
The city owns and operates the wastewater system that serves a majority of its residents but one section within the city limits (Cagle and Glenwood Acres) still utilizes septic tanks and drain fields for each resident in that area. Based on the study done by DEQ in 2013, this particular area of South Deschutes County has had high nitrate levels in the groundwater that resulted from contamination of partially treated sewage resulting in discharge seeping into the groundwater used as a primary drinking water source. In order to remove the major contributor of the contamination with the city of La Pine, the city is proposing to include this area of La Pine into the city's sewer service. This project will include the design of a new collection system piping and lift station, as well as provide for septage receiving station improvements and effluent disposal system improvements to serve the entire La Pine wastewater system. The project will address major contamination in the groundwater affecting the health of not only La Pine but also South Deschutes County. Total award: $1,195,500.
City of Seneca
The city of Seneca owns and operates a wastewater treatment facility that was built in 1974 and serves the residents inside the city limits. The city is currently under a Mutual Agreement and Order (MAO) with the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for deficiencies of the collection system (infiltration and inflow problems), treatment system that includes a lagoon that was identified to have possible leakage and, based on the proximity of the project, may infiltrate directly to the Silvies River. Therefore the city is under a strict timeline to address the identified compliance issues. The proposed project will include design and construction of the collection system improvements along with the construction of a treatment facility that will include new 2-cell facultative wastewater treatment lagoons and class D recycled water reuse effluent disposal improvements west of the Silvies River. Total award: $2,500,000.
City of Mt. Vernon
The city of Mt. Vernon owns and operates the public wastewater collection and treatment facilities serving the city. The treatment facility consists of four pond lagoons located adjacent to the John Day River. The treatment facility was constructed in 1978-79 and is currently under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit that will expire November 30, 2016. The current treatment facilities will not be able to meet all current or potential future permit limits consistently without the needed upgrades and modifications.
Sewer lagoon leakage has been detected and further tested since 2005 and found that the leakage has been worsening. As identified in the facility plan, discharge to the river has not occurred in the past because of sufficient evaporation and seepage rates. It can also be concluded, after the leak tests, that the lagoons may be leaking with subsurface flow to the river even though the city does not indicate that discharge is happening. Identified deficiencies include needed reduction of infiltration and inflow (I&I) into parts of the collection system that are in high groundwater areas or by the creek, replacement of control valves and the influent flow meter/recording device, and upgrading the lagoon system to meet the water quality standards and prevent impacts to groundwater. The proposed project is to improve the wastewater treatment facility, the collection system upgrade to reduce I&I and aerated lagoons with direct discharge into the John Day River. Total award: $1,839,555.
The Food & Friends Senior Resource Center in Josephine County is the location of southern Oregon's largest single congregate senior meal site as well as the central distribution facility for the county's annual total of 90,000 home delivered and congregate senior meals. Josephine County is sponsoring a CDBG application, in conjunction with the Rogue Valley Council of Governments (RVCOG), for the acquisition and renovation of a site that will serve as the Friends & Family Resource Center for Josephine County seniors aged 60 years and older. The proposed property purchase and renovation will be the Food & Friends central distribution facility and provide an access point for services for Josephine County seniors 60 years and older. In addition to home delivered and congregate meals five days a week and the potentially life-saving home based safety checks of vulnerable seniors, the Food & Friends Senior Resource Center will be able to provide other services including (but not limited to): specialized trainings designed to improve the ability of seniors to live with chronic conditions, to manage the responsibilities of being a caregiver or to better care for a spouse or family member with dementia, and occasional or seasonal services such a blood pressure checks, flu shots, tax preparation assistance or assistance with evaluating choices of supplemental Medicare insurance. Total award: $840,676.
City of Roseburg
The city of Roseburg sponsored an application in conjunction with United Community Action Network (UCAN) to build a Head Start facility in Roseburg. UCAN owns property on which a new Head Start facility would be built. Not having to acquire the property reduces the amount of CDBG funds needed and also reflects the projects readiness to proceed. The proposed Head Start facility will provide classrooms, health screening, an industrial kitchen for meal preparation, outdoor play area, teacher resource area, and storage for head start equipment. A preliminary evaluation of the site has been completed by an engineering firm and the city has reviewed the initial plans, and has held an initial meeting to determine the actions, approvals and permits needed to move forward on the construction phase of the project. The total project cost is estimated to be $3,889,396 of which $2,389,396 (more than 60%) are committed funds from other resources including Meyer Memorial trust, Ford Family Foundation, and Collins Foundation. Total award: $1,500,000.
Coos CountyDora-Sitkum Rural Fire District
The Dora-Sitkum Rural Fire District serves the communities of Dora and Sitkum in rural Coos County. The main fire station is located in Dora, approximately nine miles west of the community of Sitkum. The road between the two communities is built on unstable rock formations, consequently there are sections of the road through the East Fork of the Coquille River gorge that are one lane, making passage on the road quite difficult. Additionally, after heavy rain, debris falls off the mountain face and lands in the road, virtually blocking the road. Due to these road conditions, it takes a fire truck approximately 20 minutes to travel the nine miles between the two communities. The proposed project is to build a fire station/garage in Sitkum to accommodate two fire trucks incorporating energy efficient design. With fire trucks located in Sitkum, the response times to emergencies would fall from 20 minutes to 5 minutes. Total award: $444,950.
City of Newberg
The city of Newberg submitted an application to provide housing repair grants to homeowners focusing on low-income residents residing in manufactured homes in the cities of Newberg, McMinnville, and Dayton. The need in this region was well demonstrated showing a wait list of 205 households in the proposed project area. The proposed project would assist approximately 50 to 60 eligible low-income households (100-120 persons) to repair critical items necessary to sustain decent, safe, and affordable housing. The types of repairs would include, but not be limited to, repairing/replacing roofs, gutters, siding, and windows; repairing or replacing porches, decks and installing wheel chair ramps; repairing or replacing plumbing and fixtures; repairing and replacing heating systems; repairing and upgrading electrical systems; mold abatement; and necessary modifications for persons with disability or mobility issues. The city will partner with Yamhill County Affordable Housing Corporation/Housing Authority of Yamhill County to implement the program. Total award: $400,000.
City of Veneta
The city of Veneta is proposing to provide owner-occupied housing rehabilitation loans to eligible low- to moderate-income homeowners within the areas of Veneta, Creswell, Cottage Grove, Florence, Junction City, Lowell, Oakridge, Westfir, and the unincorporated areas of Lane County. The proposed project will provide loans to approximately 30 households (65 persons) for repairs such as roof repair or replacement, plumbing, accessibility issues, dry rot, window and door replacement, heating, and weatherization. The city will partner with St. Vincent de Paul to implement the program. Total award: $400,000.
City of Lebanon
The city of Lebanon has submitted a CDBG housing rehabilitation to provide housing repair assistance to at least 12 low- and moderate-income homeowners in Linn County. The target area includes the unincorporated areas of Linn County and the cities of Lebanon, Brownsville, Halsey, Harrisburg, Scio, Sweet Home, Tangent, and Waterloo. The city will partner with Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services to implement the program. Funds will be provided to eligible homeowners in the form of deferred, no interest rehabilitation loans. Typical repairs will include upgrades of housing systems (electrical, plumbing, waterproofing, and heating); structural corrections to maintain health, life and safety standards, including water and septic system repair/replacement. Lebanon has already completed the majority of the "First Draw" requirements which shows its readiness to proceed and should enable the project to move quickly through the environmental review process and complete the housing repairs in a timely manner. Total award: $400,000.
City of Pendleton
The city of Pendleton is partnering with the cities of Pilot Rock, Adams, and the unincorporated areas of Umatilla County to address the housing repair needs of its low-and moderate-income residents. Funds will be provided to eligible homeowners in the form of grants to provide much-needed repairs such as repairing/replacing electrical wiring, repairing/replacing heating source, repairing/replacing water/sewer lines, dry rot, foundation repairs and weatherization needs as well as addressing handicap accessibility issues (ramps, grab bars, bathroom accessibility). The city will partner with Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation and Community Action Team of East Central Oregon (CAPECO) to implement the program. Total award: $400,000.
City of Independence
A regional microenterprise assistance program will be formed through a partnership involving the city of Independence, Polk County, Marion County, and Yamhill County. The city of Independence will serve as the lead agency and will be responsible for administering the award contract and overseeing project operations. The communities will work closely with Micro Enterprise Resource, Initiatives and Training (MERIT), a local microenterprise support organization. The city anticipates assisting 26 low- to moderate-income persons/microenterprise business owners to access business and marketing training providing the owners with training to enable them to reach larger markets to build their income. Total award: $65,000.
2016 4th Quarter Competitive Application Process
With these third quarter awards Business Oregon has awarded all of the department's available CDBG 2016 funding and will not be accepting applications for the CDBG program's fourth quarter, competitive application round. Once the department receives the 2017 allocation of CDBG funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) we will announce when applications will again be invited.
The program serves the non-metropolitan cities and counties of Oregon with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Business Oregon reviews applications for funding under the CDBG program on a quarterly basis or until all funds available for the year have been obligated. You are encouraged to contact the department and allow its regional development officer to work with you to develop an eligible project.