Jan 152014

By Naomi Hatch
“We just wrapped up the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) this last winter,” said Taylor Town Manager Gus Lundberg at the Jan. 8 town council meeting.
Lundberg said that they added handicapped parking to the rodeo grounds and improved the airport bathroom.
The projects identified by the town for the next grant must be submitted to the Department of Housing by Feb. 1.
In response to a question posed by council members, Lundberg explained that they receive approximately $130,000 every four years, but it is a lengthy process, because projects must qualify for the grant. “It’s getting harder and harder to find things that qualify for the grant,” he said.
A meeting was held with a CDBG representative and Lundberg was the only person from Taylor who attended. He said that projects must be submitted at that meeting in order to qualify for the grant.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance is one of the best things to do with the grant, explained Lundberg, who gave the grant representative the following projects: concrete pad or asphalt for handicapped accessibility at Freeman Park; handicapped compliance playground toys at the east ball field, and add a pad and improve the parking lot and accessibility into the playground area; handicapped accessible restrooms at the Little League field and possibly another restroom facility; and access to Taylor Elementary school off of Center and also on Lovelake Road.
“I have a conference call set up for next week,” said Lundberg, noting the last two projects may not qualify.
In other business, Councilman Jason Brubaker and Lundberg recapped the recent Navajo and Apache County Mayors and Councilmembers Association meeting. Councilman Alan DeWitt also attended that meeting, but was not present at the council meeting.
Brubaker encouraged council members to participate in the Arizona League of Cities and Towns Legislative Day, explaining they have been invited to a luncheon and tour of how the legislature works, and then they will have time to talk with state legislators. He noted that it is important for Taylor to be represented.
“I’ve had the opportunity to go to one of those and I think it’s a wonderful opportunity,” said Lundberg.
There was also discussion on the League of Cities and Towns conference, and the booth provided by the towns in Navajo and Apache counties, as well as what could be done to bring more people to Taylor.