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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND DISPLAY
OF THE FY 2016 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN
CITY OF MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA

Notice is hereby given that the City of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, WV will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM, prevailing time, in the J. Oakley Seibert Council Chambers, Martinsburg City Hall, 232 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401. The Martinsburg City Hall and the J. Oakley Seibert Council Chambers are accessible to persons with physical disabilities. If special arrangements need to be made to accommodate any citizen in order for them to participate in the public hearing, including translation services, please call Ms. Nancy Strine, Community Development Administrator, City of Martinsburg, at (304) 264-2131, ext. 278 to make those arrangements, or for persons who may have a hearing impediment, please contact 7-1-1 for the TTY/TTD relay.

The purpose of the public hearing is to present the City of Martinsburg’s FY 2016 Annual Action Plan for the use of CDBG and HOME funds. The City intends to submit its FY 2016 Annual Action Plan in the amount of $276,983 for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and $328,063 in HOME funds for the Eastern Panhandle HOME Consortium. The FY 2016 Annual Action Plan will be submitted to the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on or before May 16, 2016.

In order to obtain the view of citizens, public agencies and other interested parties, the City of Martinsburg will place its FY 2016 Annual Action Plan on public display from Tuesday, April 5, 2016 through Thursday, May 5, 2016, at the following locations:

Martinsburg City Hall
232 North Queen Street

Berkeley County Court House
100 West King Street

Martinsburg Public Library
King and Queen Streets

This document will be available during normal business hours of operation for a period of thirty (30) days until May 5, 2016. The final plan will be submitted to the Council on or about May 12, 2016 at which time the plan will be presented to the Martinsburg City Council for approval. Written or oral comments may be directed to Ms. Nancy Strine, Community Development Administrator for the City of Martinsburg, WV until May 5, 2016, at City Hall, North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401, (304) 264-2131 ext. 278.

The FY 2016 Annual Action Plan was prepared after conducting an initial public hearing on the housing and community development needs, meetings with the City’s Budget and Finance Committee, meetings with City staff, and the Eastern Panhandle HOME Consortium Council of West Virginia.

The following CDBG activities are proposed for funding under the FY 2016 Annual Action Plan:

•    PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION –
General Administration:                            $   55,397
                            Subtotal:        $   55,397


•    PUBLIC SERVICES –
C-CAP Emergency Rental Assistance                    $    5,000
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – Volunteer Support        $    5,000
CHS - Safe Haven Child Advocacy Center                    $    5,000
Berkeley County – Meals on Wheels                    $    5,000         
Boys & Girls Club – Memberships for Low/Mod Income Persons        $    8,000
Shenandoah Women’s Center – Case Manager                $    5,000
Berkeley Senior Services – In-Home Care Service                $    5,000
Community Networks, Inc. – HPRP Administrative Services        $    2,000
Catholic Charities WV – Promise House Family Resource Center        $    1,000
                            Subtotal:        $  41,000

•    PUBLIC FACILITIES & IMPROVEMENTS –
Church Street Area Storm Water Improvements                  $ 180,586
                            Subtotal:        $ 180,586


Total FY 2016 CDBG FUNDS FOR PROJECT ACTIVITIES = $276,983

The following activities are proposed for funding under the HOME Program for FY 2016:

•    PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION –
General Administration:                            $  32,806                                    Subtotal:        $  32,806
•    CHDO Set-A-Side –
CHDO Set-A-Side Projects (To be determined.)                $  49,209    
Subtotal:        $  49,209
•    Projects –
Homebuyer Assistance                            
     City of Martinsburg ($63,970)
     Berkeley County ($91,041)
     Morgan County ($29,525)
     Jefferson County ($61,512)                        $246,048
                            Subtotal:        $246,048

TOTAL FY 2016 HOME FUNDS FOR PROJECT ACTIVITIES  =  $328,063

If the City would undertake an activity that would result in the displacement of families or individuals, then the City would utilize its policy for minimizing such displacement. Furthermore, the City is responsible for replacing all low- and moderate-income housing units that may be demolished or converted as a result of CDBG funds.

All interested citizens are encouraged to attend this public hearing and they will be given the opportunity to present oral or written testimony concerning the proposed use of Federal funds under the FY 2016 Annual Action Plan. Written comments may be addressed to Ms. Nancy Strine, Community Development Administrator, City of Martinsburg, 232 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401, or oral comments may be made at the public hearing or by calling (304) 264-2131 ext. 278.

George Karos, Mayor
City of Martinsburg

 

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