By law, only 18 percent of the Community Development Block Grant funding provided to a city by the federal government can be awarded to local public service agencies.
Wheeling City Council will vote Tuesday to issue each agency's share of that amount, totaling $200,700 of the $1,138,015 allotted to the city for fiscal 2012. The remaining amount pays for building demolition, paving, sidewalks and city improvements in low-income areas.
Organizations that typically receive funds for operating expenses are the YWCA, Children's Museum, Wheeling Police Department, Seeing Hand Association, the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling, Nelson Jordan Center, Laughlin Chapel, Wheeling Human Rights Commission, Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless, Wheeling Health Right, Family Service Upper Ohio Valley, Community Child Care Center, Catholic Neighborhood Center and Urban Design Ventures for Professional Services for CDBG/HOME Programs.
On a related matter, council will hear first reading of an ordinance that would use nearly $299,000 from CDBG for the yearly street paving. Those roads are: North York Street from Zane to Kentucky streets, Iowa Street from Florida to Caroline streets, South Penn Street from Zane to Virginia streets, Wilson Lane from Sycamore to Patterson streets, Fifth Street from the Wheeling Heritage Trail to Market Street, 21st Street from Main to Market streets, Maryland Street from North Broadway to North Penn streets, South Broadway Street from Zane Street to the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack parking lot, Vermont Street from South Penn to South Front streets, Paxton Avenue from Howell Street to the creek, Summit Street from Grandview Avenue to East 10th Street and 39th Street from Water to Jacob streets.
Council will also consider more paving using more than $203,000 from the general fund budget. Those roads include Riley Hill Road from W.Va. 2 to the city limit, Englewood Avenue from Ainswood to Fernwood avenues, Economy Street, Lane 7 from Main to Market streets, Hubbard Road from city limit to dead end, Baird Street from Stone Church to Woodland Acres roads, Stratford Drive from Brookside to Stratford roads, Peninsula Street in two separate areas and Pleasantview Avenue from Short to Richmond streets.
Meanwhile, residents will have a chance to voice their opinions on two matters.
CITY COUNCIL TO MEET
Wheeling City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers, second floor, City-County Building, 1500 Chapline St., Wheeling.
The first is to amend terms of the city's Oglebay Park improvement revenue bonds series 2003 and 2004B. If approved by council Tuesday, the 2003 bonds will be designated tax exempt obligations and both series will be approved for filing of the Internal Revenue Service information return providing for the issuance of amended bonds.
The second is to allow John Fragale of Chantal Avenue to lease neighboring property from the city as an additional side yard, provided it is only used as open space and no accessory structures are built there.