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Document: Jefferson City Council agenda, July 19, 2021

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The Jefferson City Council will review two grant opportunities at its meeting Monday that would bring more than $360,000 into the city.

The bulk of the money would come from the Community Development Block Grant, which goes toward housing needs in the community.

If approved, the city would receive $300,000.

Of that, $152,000 would go toward down payment assistance, $30,000 toward minor home repair, $37,500 toward infrastructure to support housing such as sidewalks and $20,000 to demolish one dangerous building.

It also would include $60,000 for the city to administer grants such as down payment assistance and minor home repair projects.

Council members on Monday will also review a joint application for the 2021 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program with Cole County.

If the grant is awarded, the city and county would split $10,738 for law enforcement improvements.

According to the agreement, the city would receive 60 percent, or around $6,000, for the Jefferson City Police Department and the Cole County Sheriff's Department would receive the remaining $4,000.

The grant is through the Federal Department of Justice annually. The city has received it in the past and regularly shares it with the Cole County Sheriff's Department.

City Attorney Ryan Moehlman said the department normally identifies a particular need and puts the funding toward it.

Council members will also vote Monday on:

- The sale of three Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department vehicles, which are in fair or poor condition.

- Accepting a bid of $265,845 for sodium chloride.

- Accepting a bid of $34,500 for SideMed to perform physical exams for Jefferson City firefighters.

Council members will consider the following new bills:

- A $44,000 budget amendment within the wastewater fund that would allow for the use of insurance funding as well as an accompanying bid of $34,814 to repair the maintenance shop roof, which sustained hail damage.

- The reclassification of a parks maintenance worker position to a senior parks maintenance worker position.

The City Council is also expected to vote on these bills:

- A $987,787 bid from Jefferson Asphalts for the 2021 Mill and Overlay Project.

- A change to allow for virtual participation in city meetings by members if the board or commission approves beforehand.

- A $202,000 appropriation from general fund, parks fund, airport fund, parking fund, transit fund, wastewater fund and worker's compensation fund to cover escrow for self-funded workers compensation insurance.

- A final subdivision plat on Schotthill Woods.

How to participate

The City Council will meet in person Monday but will have a virtual option due to COVID-19 and social-distancing recommendations.

Community members can attend the meeting at the council chambers in City Hall, 320 E. McCarty St., or view the meeting live via the city's YouTube page.

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