Notice of Public Hearing
City of BECKLEY,
CARES Act Funding and the
FY 2020 Annual Action Plan – Substantial Amendment
As a Federal Entitlement, the City of Beckley, West Virginia (“City”) receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). On March 27, 2020 the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136. According to the allocation of funds under that Act, the City of Beckley is a recipient of CDBG-CV funds. The City received two (2) allocations of the Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds. The first allocation received by the City was $197,277 and in the third round of funding, the City received an allocation of $114,936 for a total allocation of $312,213 CDBG-CV funds.
The purpose of this public hearing is to present a substantial amendments to the City of Beckley’s FY 2020 Annual Action Plan for the use of CDBG-CV funds.
To expedite the disbursement of the City’s FY 2020 CDBG-CV funds, via 24 CFR 5.110, the CARES Act authorized HUD to grant waivers to the public notice, public comment, and citizen participation plan requirements found in 24 CFR 91.105I(2) and (k), 24 CFR 91.115I(2) and (i) and 24 CFR 91.401. In accordance with the City of Beckley’s Citizen Participation Plan and HUD’s regulatory requirement, waivers were granted which reduces the required 30-day public comment period to a minimum 5-day period, a public hearing will be held at 5:00 P.M. prevailing time on November 19, 2020 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 409 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV 25801. Council Chambers are accessible to persons with physical disabilities. If special arrangements need to be made to accommodate residents in order for them to participate in the public hearing, including translation services, please call Ms. Angela L. King, Grants Administrator, City of Beckley, at (304) 256-1759, to make those arrangements by November 18, 2020. For persons with hearing impairments, please call 7-1-1 for TDD.
The City of Beckley adopted its FY 2020 Annual Action Plan and Budget for the use of CDBG funds on August 11, 2020. In accordance with CDBG program regulations, the City is allowed to make substantial amendments to its Annual Action Plan and Budget in accordance with the City’s Citizen Participation Plan.
The City has determined that it is necessary to amend the approved FY 2020 CDBG program budget. The funds are proposed for new projects/activities, and/or an increase in funding for previously approved projects/activities.
This is considered a substantial amendment in accordance with the City’s Citizen Participation Plan as the following applies: new activities are proposed for funding and some previously approved activities have an increase in the budget amount and scope of the activity.
The substantial amendment to the FY 2020 Annual Action Plan is proposed as follows:
FY 2020 CDBG-CV Activities:
— CDBG-CV-20-02 CV Food Pantry Program – increase this project/activity budget by $10,936 for a new project/activity budget of $64,890.
— CDBG-CV-20-03 CV Commission on Aging – Meals on Wheels – increase this project/activity budget by $10,000 for a new project/activity budget of $58,823.
— CDBG-CV-20-04 CV Salvation Army – Rent and Utilities – create a new activity to assist with rent and/or utility assistance in the amount of $94,000.
The FY 2020 Annual Action Plan – Substantial Amendment is on public display for viewing by the public for a period of at least 5 days beginning on Monday, November 9, 2020 and ending on Monday, November 23, 2020. Residents may view the substantial amendment at the City of Beckley’s website (http://www.beckley.org).
All interested residents are encouraged to participate in this public hearing and they will be given the opportunity to present oral or written testimony concerning the proposed amendment to the use of CDBG-CV funds under the FY 2020 Annual Action Plan. All comments received by November 23, 2020 will be considered by the City of Beckley prior to submittal of the substantial amendment to City Council at their Tuesday, November 24, 2020 City Council Meeting. Once approved, the City intends to submit the substantial amendment to HUD on or before December 2, 2020.
Written comments or oral comments may be addressed to Ms. Angela King, Grants Administrator, City of Beckley, 409 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV 25801 or via email to email@example.com. Persons with hearing and/or speech impediments may contact the City via 711.
Robert R. Rappold
Mayor, City of Beckley