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The City of Bishop is planning a variety of improvements to the city using a large, recently received, Community Development Block grant.
City Administrator Keith Caldwell said that the city will serve as the administrator for the $1.1 million in reimbursable funds that were awarded on Sept. 12 by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. â€śWe are the representing fiscal agency for the entire grant,â€ť although Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action will separately manage $1 million of the grant, he said. The $100,000 allocated to economic development within the city will be managed by the Finance Department.
Sandra Bauer, founder and co-owner of Bauer Planning and Environmental Services, Inc. and IMACA Housing and Planning Director Larry Emerson jointly applied for the grant, along with the city.
â€śThe state has very, very strict rules about how money is to be allocated and accounted for,â€ť Caldwell explained, adding that Colorado-state based Bauer Planning and Environmental Services has done a lot of economic development planning studies work in small towns like Bishop. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Caldwell said that, on an annual basis, the city is state-mandated â€śto provide a certain amount of new housing, in general, including low-income and/or affordable housing,â€ť a challenge given the constraints of land availability. â€śWe are extremely pleased and happy that we have received the grant and can begin reconstruction of Valley Apartments (19-units located at 156 E. Clarke St.) and address economic and technical development in the community.â€ť
(Read more in the Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.)