February 8, 2023
Metropolis Council Dealing With Confusion Over Funding for Senior Citizen House Enchancment Program

Jamestown Metropolis Council work session (January 9, 2023)

Jamestown Metropolis Council members are having some confusion over how a lot funding was accepted for the Senior Citizen Housing Enchancment Incentive Program versus the precise want.

Housing Committee Chair Marie Carrubba stated that it was reported by Metropolis Assessor Lisa Volpe that 302 functions have been accepted for a complete of $1.878 million, however this system was solely allotted $1.5 million.

Whereas the Assessor’s Workplace in-built a $40,000 cushion to this system, Carrubba stated initiatives have been coming in below finances which implies any funds leftover might be used towards functions that couldn’t be funded the primary time round.

Council member at Massive Jeff Russell stated he thought there was sufficient funding for this system to deal with all accepted functions and requested the place the error was made, “We sat on this room on tape and we have been advised that if this was accepted that this system could be totally funded. So now we’re going again and we’re telling residents and senior residents that, ‘Oh, sorry, we have been mistaken on our numbers.’ So I suppose I’m asking, the place have been we mistaken and who was mistaken on these numbers?”

Council initially accepted the Senior Citizen House Enchancment Incentive program with $500,000 of American Rescue Plan funds in June 2022 with an extra $500,000 in ARP funds accepted in October. Council then accepted two resolutions totaling $500,000 in ARP monies at it November voting session.

Mayor Eddie Sundquist stated metropolis administration had proposed shifting $500,000 from the House Enchancment Incentive Program that additionally was created in June 2022. The latter would have successfully de-funded that program. Council opted to not go that route.

Finance Chair Kim Ecklund expressed concern that Council had been advised all functions that met the standards of this system might be funded if Council accepted an extra $1 million to the unique funding, “In my e mail from Lisa (Volpe), it states there are nonetheless 63 initiatives left unfunded. And so, though you’re telling them it’s $300,000, 63 initiatives just isn’t $300,000, so I’ve an entire conglomerate of numbers that don’t make sense.”

Sundquist stated he would meet with Volpe and get again to Council by this previous Wednesday, however as of press time, Council members have been nonetheless ready for that replace.