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Santa Fe Springs Teen Program to get funding

SANTA FE SPRINGS — The city will split its expected community development block grant allocation totaling $380,071 between its Teen Program and capital improvements, possibly to meet requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act at various public locations.

After a public hearing Jan. 22, the City Council allocated $16,242 to operate the teen program for the fiscal year 2015-16, beginning July 1 with the remaining $363,829 going for capital improvements.

In a written report to the council, City Manager Thaddeus McCormack said capital improvement projects have not yet been determined but most likely they could be used to meet ADA requirements of the such as wheelchair ramps at curbs and buildings and support bars in restrooms in municipal buildings.

Because its population is less than 50,000, Santa Fe Springs receives its federal CDBG funds through Los Angeles County, noted Wayne B. Bergeron of the city manager’s office,

He said the expected allocation in the coming year is $108,281. The city also has $271,790 left over from the past year’s grant.

Bergeron said rules set down by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development state the money must be used for programs to benefit low- and moderate-income persons, to eliminate slums or blight or for “urgent needs.”

Uses could include loans or grants to low- and middle-income property owners to upgrade their facilities or for public improvement projects in low- and middle-income areas, such as improvements on streets and in parks.

Bergeron noted that up to 15 percent could be used for private or public programs benefiting low- and middle-income residents, for which the Teen Program qualifies.

In other action Jan. 22, the council approved the final payment of $65,685 to Select Electric, Inc. of Poway for the installation of new crosswalk lights at Orr and Day Road and Whiteland Street. The total cost of $69,142 included minor repair of the pavement and the new crosswalk lighting system tied to current solar-powered components and wheelchair curb ramps to meet ADA requirements, said Public Works Director Noe Negrete.