Notice of Public Hearing - 2017 Small Cities Program Application - March 13, 2017


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town of Simsbury will conduct a public hearing on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 6:00p.m. in the Town Hall Main Meeting Room, located at 933 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT to discuss its 2017 Small Cities Program Application and to solicit citizen input.

Maximum award limits are $700,000 for Public Facilities, $700,000 for Public Housing Modernization of 25 units or less, or $800,000 for 26 units and over; $500,000 for Infrastructure; $400,000 for Housing Rehabilitation Program for single towns, $500,000 for two-town consortium, and $600,000 for three or more Towns; $25,000 for Planning Only Grants; $500,000 for Economic Development Activities, and $500,000 for Urgent Need.

Major activity categories are: Acquisition, Housing Rehabilitation, Public Housing Modernization, Community Facilities, Public Services, and Economic Development. Projects funded with CDBG allocations must meet at least one of three National Objectives: 1) benefit to low and moderate income persons, 2) elimination of slums and blight, or 3) meeting urgent community development needs.  Only one (1) project Application may be submitted to DOH.

The Town is proposing to submit an Application under the Public Housing Modernization category for Phase II Renovations and Improvements at Virginia Connelly Residence/Dr. Owen L. Murphy Apartments. The Town of Simsbury anticipates applying for up to the maximum grant amount of $800,000.

The purpose of the public hearing is to obtain citizens’ views on the Town’s community development and housing needs and review and discuss specific project activities in the areas of housing, economic development or community facilities which could be a part of the Town’s Application for funding. The hearing will also review and discuss the Town’s prior Small Cities projects including any currently open or underway.

The public hearing will give citizens an opportunity to make their comments known on the program and review and discussion of the Program Income Reuse Plan.  If you are unable to attend the public hearing, you may direct written comments to the Town of Simsbury, 933 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070 or you may telephone Lisa L. Heavner, First Selectman at 860-658-3230.  In addition, information may be obtained at the above address between the hours of 8:30 am and 7:00pm Monday; 8:30am and 4:30pm Tuesday through Thursday; 8:30am and 1:00pm Friday.

The Town of Simsbury promotes fair housing and makes all programs available to low- and moderate-income families, and will not discriminate or permit discrimination against any person or group of persons on the grounds of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, lawful source of income, or gender identity or expression.

“All are encouraged to attend.  The hearing is accessible to the handicapped.  Any disabled persons requiring special assistance or non-English speaking persons should contact Thomas Cooke, ADA Coordinator at 860-658-3230 at least five days prior to the hearing.”

The Town of Simsbury is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer