Thursday, March 10, 2011
AGENDA ITEM #4:
"Miguel Sanchez presented a request for start-up funding for the Caldwell Housing Corporation (CHC), a subsidiary of the Caldwell Housing Authority (CHA). whose purpose is to develop housing in the downtown area of Caldwell. Formation of a separate corporation is necessary to apply for federal funding under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, as Caldwell Housing Authority's funds are restricted to the Farmway Village Project. The CHC has developed a strategic plan that includes a planned development of 60 units of low income housing, community center, laundry and exercise facility on the 4.4 acre parcel at 1201 Elgin Street. Chairman Waite noted that review by URA'a attorney to ensure qualification of project cost reimbursement would be advisable. Motion to approve the $25,000 funding request pending attorney review and approval: Hopper/Hardin M/S/P"
The above is interesting as it has been heard on the street our County Commishes are now looking at property around the existing Courthouse for jail expansion purposes. A call to Caldwell Planning and Zoning offices today by a concerned citizen caught the P&Z staff by surprise. They knew nothing of this project.
Meanwhile, CEURA is not opposed to handing out significant amounts of cash for projects that may fly in the face of good urban planning for Caldwell.
Also noted in the CEURA minutes was payment of property taxes on 215 and 217 S. Kimball to Canyon County. This property is no longer used for a public purpose and by Idaho Code property taxes are now due and payable. Most of it will go around in a circle and back to the Urban Renewal Agency but some will get to taxing districts that could use the money in this recession.
Activity report of the C/CEDC Executive Director Steve Fultz can be summarized as "continued, working, potential, plan, meeting, airport, potential, tenant, possible, participants, leads, call center, etc,". Hope springs eternal with the efforts of C/CEDC. We will report any confirmed business activity with this agency when it actually happens.
Additional, requests for $5,000 to fund a TVCC viticulture program to fund retail space and money for their own label. Mr. Fultz also asked for another $5k to hire a consulting firm with expertise in FTZ's (Foreign Trade Zones).
This $10k request went down as: Motion to authorize expenditure of $5,000 start-up for Chukar Celers (sic) and $5,000 to begin developement of a Foreign Trade Zoooone: Hopper/Fouts M/S/P
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 3:25 PM