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City Council to receive input on COVID-19 grant funding

By Liz Moomey

liz.moomey@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — The City Council will meet Tuesday to discuss distribution of recently received funding intended for organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $168,950 to the city of Salisbury in Community Block Development Grant funding. Those funds will in turn be distributed to local organizations who are serving residents affected by COVID-19. Organizations must submit a proposal to the Salisbury City Council and Planning Department for consideration.

The council on Tuesday will have a public hearing to listen to ideas about how the funding should be used.

Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday. Written comments can be directed to Candace Edwards, the city’s housing planner, with the subject line CDBG-CV at candace.edwards@salisburync.gov or submitted online at form.jotform.com/201099172627053. Written comments should be limited to less than 750 words.

Applications for CDBD-CV funding must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday. For more information about CDBG-CV in Salisbury, visit: Salisburync.gov/CDBG.

The virtual meeting can be live-streamed at salisburync.gov/webcast and on the city’s Twitter account. Anyone who wishes to speak during public comment must sign-up by 5 p.m. Tuesday by contacting Kelly Baker at kbake@salisburync.gov or 704-638-5233.

Other agenda items:

• City council will consider closing the 200 block of Kerr Street, from North Lee Street to Depot Street, for a one-month trial period Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Salisbury Farmer’s Market. If approved, the trial would start Saturday.

• The council will consider approving city-initiated demolitions for dilapidated structures at 39 Knox St., 519 Vance Ave., 1003 Grady St., 1027 S. Church St. and 1511 W. Horah St.

• Mayor Karen Alexander will proclaim Thursday as National Day of Prayer, May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 10-16 as National Police Week, May 10-16 National Skilled Nursing Care Week and May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

• In the consent agenda, the council will authorize the submission of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act grant application to the Federal Transit Administration for operating, capital and COVID-19 related expenses for Salisbury Transit. The estimated funding available for Salisbury Transit is $959,000 and would not require a local match.

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