Housing & Community Development
1405 SW 11th St
Lawton, OK 73501
580-581-3347


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Second Substantial Amendment to the Consolidated One-Year Action Plan for FFY 2008 for the Community Development Block Grant CDBG-Recovery Act (CDBG-R)

 

Grantees eligible to receive funds under the Community Development Block Grant Recovery Act (CDBG-R) are required to complete a substantial amendment to their Consolidated Plan 2008 Action Plan. This form sets forth the format for this substantial amendment. A completed form is due to HUD by June 5, 2009.

 

To aid grantees in meeting this submission deadline, the CDBG-R Notice reduces the requirement for a 30-day public comment period to no less than 7 calendar days for this substantial amendment. With this exception, CDBG-R grantees are required to follow their Consolidated Plan’s citizen participation process. To maximize transparency, HUD strongly recommends that each grantee post its substantial amendment materials on the grantee’s official website as the materials are developed.

 

A complete submission contains the following three documents:

 

    • A signed and dated SF-424,
    • A Substantial Amendment (this form), and
    • Signed and dated General Consolidated Plan and CDBG-R certifications.

 

For additional information regarding the CDBG-R program, visit the HUD American Recovery and Reinvestment act of 2009 (www.hud.gov/recovery).

HUD and its technical assistance providers will regularly update this site to include CDBG-R resources developed.

 

 

 

 

Information is submitted in accordance with the regulatory authority contained in each program rule.  The information will be used to rate applications, determine eligibility, and establish grant amounts.

 

Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to be 16 hours, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information.  This information is required to obtain benefits. To the extent that any information collected is of a confidential nature, there will be compliance with Privacy Act requirements.  However, the substantial amendment to the Consolidated Plan 2008 Action Plan does not request the submission of such information.

 

Warning:  HUD will prosecute false claims and statements.  Conviction may result in criminal and/or civil penalties. (18 U.S.C. 1001, 1010, 1012; 31 U.S.C. 3729, 3802)


A. General Information

 

Grantee Name

City of Lawton

Name of Entity or Department Administering Funds

City of Lawton Housing and Community Development

CDBG-R Contact Person

(person to answer questions about this amendment and CDBG-R)

Timothy L. Libby

Title

Federal Grants and Housing Programs Coordinator

Address Line 1

1405 SW 11th St

Address Line 2

 

City, State, Zip Code

Lawton, OK 73501

Telephone

580-581-3350

Fax

580-581-3346

Email Address

tlibby@cityof.lawton.ok.us

Authorized Official

(if different from Contact Person)

Fred Fitch

Title

Mayor

Address Line 1

912 SW 9th St

Address Line 2

 

City, State, Zip Code

Lawton, OK 73501

Telephone

580-581-3301

Fax

580-581-3536

Email Address

ffitch@city of.lawton.ok.us

 

Web Address where this Form is Posted

http://www.cityof.lawton.ok.us

 

Amount Grantee is Eligible to Receive

$ 230,751

Amount Grantee is Requesting

$ 230,751

 


B. Citizen Participation and Public Comment

 

  • Briefly describe how the grantee followed its citizen participation plan regarding this proposed substantial amendment.

 

Response: Consistent with our Citizen Participation Plan, City of Lawton is undertaking several activities to provide reasonable notice of and an opportunity to comment on this proposed substantial amendment to the FFY 2008 Consolidated One-Year Action Plan. A Public Notice for comments on the substantial amendment and the opportunity for public comment were published in summary form in the Lawton Constitution, the newspaper of general circulation for Lawton, on May 11, 2009. The notice includes a description of the contents and purpose of the substantial amendment. Copies of the proposed amendment are being made available at the City of Lawton’s Housing and Community Development website and office. The public comment period is open for a 15-day period through May 26, 2009. Any public comments received will be taken into consideration prior to the submittal of this amendment. The public will have a final opportunity to comment on the proposed amendment on May 26, 2009 when the City Council considers adoption of the amendment at a public meeting.


  • Provide the appropriate response regarding this substantial amendment by checking one of the following options:

 

Grantee did not receive public comments.

Grantee received and accepted all public comments.

Grantee received public comments and did not accept one or more of the comments.

 

The public comment period is open from May 11, 2009 through May 26, 2009.

 

  • Provide a summary of the public comments regarding this substantial amendment. Include a summary of any comments or views not accepted and the reasons for non-acceptance.

 

Response: The public comment period is open from May 11, 2009 through May 26, 2009. We received no responses in the public comment period.

 

 

C. CDBG-R Activities

  • For each activity, briefly describe the activities the jurisdiction will undertake with CDBG-R funds to address the priority needs and objectives. The grantee shall identify any other Recovery Act funding to be used in conjunction with each activity and total activity budgeted from all sources. Please see Attachment 1.

 

Response:

 

  • For each activity, briefly describe the distribution and uses of the grantee’s CDBG-R funds will meet the requirements of Title XII of Division A and Section 1602 of the Recovery Act; that in selecting projects to be funded, recipients shall give priority to projects that can award contracts based on bids within 120 calendar days from the date the funds are made available to the recipient, and that for CDBG-R funds being used for infrastructure investments, recipients shall give preference to activities that can be started and completed expeditiously, including a goal of using at least 50 percent of the funds for activities that can be initiated not later than 120 calendar days after February 17, 2009.

 

Response:

 

A. Public Services: By increasing the funding levels of the projects over the potentially devastating amount of CDBG funds available through the former CRA funding levels, we will be helping retain jobs in most of our supported agencies. By substantially increasing funding levels for each of the programs, except one of them (we will not provide additional funding to the program that will not be affected by additional funding), we provide the cushion to allow our agencies to maintain their current staffs. We can also work with the agencies to begin immediately to expend the funds on services.

 

B. Equipment Operator-in-Training: By funding the Equipment Operator-in-Training Project, the City automatically increases its infrastructure workforce, provides training to LMI individuals who will expand their abilities through the training program, and provide lucrative jobs that are available on the municipal staff and in private development companies. We will work with our Human Resources Department to add the additional staff positions once they are funded through this substantial amendment. That will allow an almost immediate commitment of funds to the project.

 

  • For each activity, briefly describe how the use of CDBG-R funds for the activity will maximize job creation and economic benefit in relation to the CDBG-R funds obligated, an will address the Recovery Act by:

 

 

 

 

 

Response:

 

    • Preserving and creating jobs and promoting economic recovery: In funding these programs, we are assisting the creation of a minimum of three (3) immediately with the potential for many more during the next three (3) years. Each time that a trainee moves into a full-time permanent job, we will refill the training slot, thus creating another job for the community. The potential is amazing to add as many as 10-12 new jobs to the community, jobs that in many instances require the specialized training we are providing to acquire a CDL license to operate heavy equipment and vehicles, for example.

 

    • Assist those persons most impacted by the recession: The low-income have been most impacted by the recession, as service industries have felt the pinch of reduced spending by the middle class and forced employee cutbacks in a myriad of service-related industries. These jobs opportunities will provide a higher skill level and the training to get to that skill level. They also will translate to higher salaries that they could obtain in most service-related industries. In many cases, these opportunities should assist in moving individuals and families a minimum of one step further up the income ladder.

 

    • Providing investment needed to increase economic efficiency: Neither of our projects will likely increase economic efficiency. But they will assist the economy by providing job to low-income families.

 

    • Investing in transportation, environmental protection, or other infrastructure that will provide long-term benefits: The investment in infrastructure will come from additional equipment operators doing the work for the city, fixing roads, adding sidewalks, improving traffic flow from the additional work that they will provide to the public works department. In addition, if we continue to see slight increases to our program, we will ensure that the project is permanently added to the City’s rolls, creating long-term economic benefits to the community.

 

    • Minimize or avoiding reductions in essential services: This project will avoid reductions in essential services for public services agencies receiving benefit and for the Public Works Department who will add three (3) new personnel to each of the crews available to work on the infrastructure projects for the city.

 

    • Fostering energy independence. These projects will not assist in fostering energy independence.
  • For each activity, briefly describe the number of full-and part-time jobs estimated to be created and retained by the activity (including permanent, construction, and temporary jobs).

 

Response: Activity #1 Public Services: There should be two (2) full-time permanent jobs retained in the Lawton-Fort Sill Youth Coalition. There will be one part-time job created through the C. Carter Crane Shelter. There will be one part-time job retained at Teen Court. There will be one full-time permanent job retained at New Directions. The Catholic Charities Project created 3 full-time permanent jobs and CDBG funding was used as leverage to start the project. CDBG funds provided for the purchase of books and training materials that were necessary for the program before Catholic Charities could or would commit to the program. Last fiscal year, they could not secure the minimum funding necessary to purchase the materials and delayed the project until this year when they were able to secure the funding. Catholic Charities will not create or retain new jobs but will be able to provide more hours for the counselors and staff.

 

 

Activity #2 EOIT Project. The program creates three (3) new full-time permanent jobs in the Public Works Department and provides the training and funds for licensing to use in the program. It is estimated that at least three (3) additional jobs will be created by this project, as the trainees become familiar with the different jobs and equipment available.

 

 

  • Briefly describe the activities that will be carried out with CDBG-R funds that will be carried out with CDBG-R funds that promote energy conservation, smart growth, green building technologies, or reduce pollution emissions.

 

Response: The City ‘s projects do not address this issue with CDBG-R funds, though we are looking at ICF building with our NSP funds.

 

 

D. Estimated Budget Summary

 

HUD requires the grantee to complete the following table so that participants in the citizen participation process may see the grantee’s preliminary estimated amounts for various CDBG-R activities. Enter the estimated budget amounts for each activity in the appropriate column and row. The grantee will be required to report actual amounts in subsequent reporting.

 

 

 

Following is a summary of the proposed use of CDBG-R funds:

 

Activity Name

Activity Description

CDBG-R funds budgeted

Eligibility Category

National Objective Citation

Additional Recovery Act funds

Public Services

Provides for job retention through additional funding available to agencies

 

$34,612

 

24 CFR 570.201 (e)

 

24 CFR 570.208 (a) (2)

 

$0

EOIT Project

Provides job creation and training to a minimum of 3 LMI individuals.

 

$173,064

 

24 CFR 570.203

 

24 CFR 570.208 (a) (2)

 

$0

Total Activity Budget

 

$207,676

 

 

$0

 

Total Activity Budget

$207,676

Administration (up to 10% of allocation)

23,075

Total CDBG-R Amount Budgeted

$230,751

 


E. Authorized Signature

 

By signing this application, I certify (1) to the statements contained in the list of certifications and (2) that the statements herein are true, complete, and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I also provide the required assurances and agree to comply with any resulting terms if I accept an award. I am aware that any false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements or claims may subject me to criminal, civil, or administrative penalties. ( U.S. Code, Title 218, Section 1001)

 

___________________________________________________ ___________________ Signature/Authorized Official Date

 

MAYOR ____________________________________________

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