City Passes 2 Annual Action Plan Resolutions Aimed at Infrastructure, Home Repair, City Programs

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By Bryan Boggiano

The Coral Springs city commission approved two resolutions at their Wednesday meeting that will benefit residents and neighborhoods in low and medium-income areas.

The two resolutions will allocate funds from the community development block grant that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) oversees.

Since 2000, the city has participated in HUD’s entitlement allocation formula receiving $18,114,138 million for community development projects. 

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These projects are meant to benefit low to moderate-income individuals, aid in the prevention of slums or blight, and help with urgent needs, such as emergencies and disasters, according to city documents. 

In 2020, the commission approved the most recent five-year consolidated strategic plan to assess community needs in low and middle-income neighborhoods. 

Each year, the commission considers an annual action plan that must meet the goals and objectives that the five-year plan addresses.

To devise the annual action plan, the public works, parks and recreation, budget and strategy, finance, and development services review needs in target areas to determine potential improvement projects and assess current projects underway. 

The target areas that the city determines have populations where 51 percent or more of the people fall in the low to moderate-income category. 

For the 2022/2023 Fiscal Year, Coral Springs will receive $798,821 through HUD’s community development block grant program. 

The city plans to use the funds for eight different initiatives:

With $250,000, Coral Springs plans to make roadway and sidewalk improvements along Coral Hills Drive between Sample Road and Wiles Road. 

The city will use these funds for survey and design to replace the sidewalk on the east side of Coral Hills Drive with an eight-to-10-foot multi-use concrete pathway to meet current ADA standards. 

New unspecified traffic-calming devices, curbing, and drainage improvements will be added.

For $150,000, the city will replace existing lighting at Forest Hills Park with LED lighting to enhance safety precautions and conserve energy. 

Coral Springs’s home repair project will receive $104,241 for homeowners experiencing conditions in and around their homes that threaten their health or safety. 

The youth scholarship program will receive $50,000 to benefit low-income youth in Coral Springs scholarships for athletic programs such as baseball, dance, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, and other activities. 

Senior recreation and functional training programs will receive $44,000 to provide seniors free classes at the Sartory Senior Center, located at 10150 NW 29th Street, at Mullins Park and the Aquatic Center. 

The senior recreation and therapeutic program will receive $25,820 to provide seniors with free classes in arts and crafts, dancercise, line dancing, tai chi, and yoga at the Sartory Senior Center at Mullins Park.

The neighborhood partnership program will receive $15,000 for the Neighborhood Partnership Program grant in the city’s target area and promote resident involvement through initiatives such as newsletters. 

The remaining $159,760 are associated with planning, preparation, and administrative costs.  

Commissioner Nancy Metayer moved to approve the resolution, which Commissioner Joy Carter seconded. It passed unanimously. 

The commission also discussed allocating previously uncommitted HUD funds to the home repair program and the ongoing NW 40th Street Design project. The city would use these funds through September. 

Most of the funds, $173,040.20, would go toward assisting five applicants in improving conditions around their homes that threaten their health, safety, or wellbeing.

The remaining funds, about $24,000, will go toward improvements on NW 40th Street.

Carter moved to approve this resolution, which Metayer seconded. The commission passed it unanimously. 

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City Passes 2 Annual Action Plan Resolutions Aimed at Infrastructure, Home Repair, City Programs

Bryan Boggiano
A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan is pursuing his masters in geosciences at Florida International University. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.

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