YAKIMA - In 1998, Yakima County adopted a citizen participation strategy when it comes to applying to the state for Community Development Block Grant funds. Since then the county has worked to ensure that community members have a chance to voice their concerns and opinions when it comes to different projects the county submits to the state for possible funding.
Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners set a public hearing date to review the various projects that are being considered for submission to the state, as well as to receive public comment on the different options.
Koyla McCleave, Yakima County long range planner, said the county held a workshop at the end of April instructing people who had project ideas to submit a one-page summary of their proposed project to the county. He said the workshops brought in 11 project ideas from community members.
McCleave said during the upcoming public hearing the commissioners will listen to input from community members in regards to the different projects, and will listen to staff recommendations as to which projects would be the most competitive and meet the different standards that state has in place for block grant projects. He explained that block grant funding is a statewide competitive process with communities throughout the state competing for funding.
McCleave said commissioners will also be looking at different projects to determine if they are more long-range projects, which the county might not submit to the state this year, but could still look at submitting later down the road. McCleave explained that one of the reasons commissioners will look for long range projects is because there are only a certain number of projects the county can submit for block grant funding in a given year.
The public hearing will be held Tuesday, July 6, at 10:30 a.m. in room B33 of the Yakima County Courthouse, 128 N. Second St. in Yakima.
. Elena Olmstead can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org