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Trussville OKs block grant participation

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Council on Tuesday approved of cooperating in a community development block grant program with Jefferson County.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs does grant funding for cities, and applications in Jefferson County run through the Jefferson County Community Block Grant Program.

The approved resolution states that it is effective and binding through federal fiscal year 2017.

A Trussville historical marker
file photo by Ron Burkett

Funds in the past were used on a recent addition to the Trussville Senior Activity Center. The original construction of the senior activity center was partially funded through this program.

The participation agreement must be renewed periodically. A great deal of Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs funding is based on per capita income of the community, or on certain population groups.

In other Trussville news, the city council approved an ordinance to amend its agenda for organizational purposes. Nothing is being removed from the agenda for good, it’s just a rearranging of items. Council President Buddy Choat said the order of business will change but “not a whole lot.”

The city council on Tuesday also accepted its 2012-2013 fiscal audit. Choat called it a “very good audit” and Councilman Brian Plant said it’s “extremely important” that the audit is done the right way.

The city council also on Tuesday selected Merchant Capital as the underwriter for the city’s warrants for the construction of two new elementary schools and the refunding of past warrants.

The city council next meets Tuesday, June 24 at 6 p.m. at Trussville City Hall.

Contact Gary Lloyd at news@trussvilletribune.com and follow him on Twitter @GaryALloyd.

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