Public hearings on funding planned

Christy Howell-Hoots - [email protected]
In this file photos some of the buildings in question have been boarded up. -

BROOKSVILLE — A public hearing is set for June 12 to discuss the city’s plans to apply for a Community Development Block Grant.

According to an advertisement placed by the city, the grant would be used to remove deteriorating structures within the city and to replace them with a community center.

“The City of Brooksville will hold a public hearing prior to the submission of the application form,” the advertisement said. “The purpose of the hearing is to obtain views on housing and community development needs, review proposed activities, review the proposed applications and solicit public comments.”

Brooksville Mayor Craig Hester said there are buildings, located next to the former site of a pizza restaurant, that are falling down and are a hazard to the public.

“On one building, the back is falling and the roof is gone,” Hester said. “It’s a public hazard and we want to remove them.”

Hester said the city wants to put a community center in the space because there is no an area in the city that can be used for events.

“Unless you go to the school, there isn’t really a place in Brooksville for events to be held,” he said. “We need something like that in the city.”

According to Hester, the city will be requesting the max grant from CDBG, which totals $500,000, but he is unsure if it will be enough to complete the entire project.

“It’s probably going to be a two-year project, because the funding may not be enough to tear down the buildings and build the community center,” he said. “We may have to request more funding to complete it.”

Information concerning the CDBG program is available for inspection at the Buffalo Trace Area Development Center during regular business house. That information includes the amount of funds available and the range of activities that may be completed with the funds, estimated amounts of funds proposed to be used for activities benefiting persons of low to moderate income, plans for minimizing displacement of persons as a result of activities associated with the CDBG funds, records regarding past CDBG fund usage, summary of other program requirements.

The meeting will be 3 p.m., at the City of Brooksville Building, located at 101 Frankfort Street.

Another public hearing, held by the Bracken County Fiscal Court, is scheduled for Wednesday, June 13 at 10 a.m. in the courtroom to receive citizen input on the possible use of county road aid funding and local government economic assistance funding.

Anyone who cannot submit written comments or attend the meeting, can contact the Bracken County judge-executive’s office by Monday, June 11 at 4 p.m. and arrangements can be made for comments to be submitted.

In this file photos some of the buildings in question have been boarded up. this file photos some of the buildings in question have been boarded up.

Christy Howell-Hoots

[email protected]