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Jan 4, 2017

CDBG Public Hearing Minutes January 4, 2017


Public Hearing Minutes
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Town of Littleton
Community Development Block Grant Application

 

Present:  Chairman Milton Bratz, V. Chairman Schuyler Sweet, Selectman Edward Hennessey, Executive Secretary Ceil Stubbings

Others Present:  Cathy Conway, Chad Fillion (Channel 2), The Courier, Bruce Hadlock, Rudy Gelsi

Bratz called the public hearing to order at 4:00 PM.

Public Hearing CSBG Grant Jan 4, 2017.

Dorsett read a brief overview of the application and project.  The funds will be used in support of Shillings Company expansion.  Jobs will be created and maintained for low and moderate income.  Planning Grants are available for up to $12,000 per year.  The grants are up to $500,000 in 2017. 

Cathy Conway said that Shillings is looking to expand their operation on the property adjacent to their current site.  There are some public infrastructure improvements that need to be made in order to support the development.  The funds will be used for municipal infrastructure improvements.  Rudy Gelsi asked how many jobs they are going to create.  Conway said they are still working out the details of the number of jobs that will be created and maintained.  The last time they talked about it they had estimated about seventeen jobs would be created.  Bruce Hadlock asked who owns the property.  Dorsett said this would be for improvements on Town owned property.  Hadlock asked who owns Shillings property.  Dorsett and Conway said Shillings owns the property they are planning on doing the expansion on.  Hadlock said he was asking who owns the property where they are currently located.  Conway said she didn’t know.  Hadlock asked if they were relocating.  Conway said they were expanding.  Dorsett said they would find out who owns their current site and get back to Hadlock with the information.  Dorsett said this grant deals with a separate structure and deals only with the expansion.  Rudy Gelsi said it matters if they own their current building.  You are going to make Shilling a huge thing for a small Town like Littleton.  It does not make any sense to give this entity a half a million dollars.  Dorsett said this money would not be going to the Shillings Beer Company.  This money will be going towards Town infrastructure that will support the growth of the business.  Gelsi asked if this money was going to the River District too.  Cathy Conway said all of this money can only be used for property and infrastructure owned and maintained by the Town.  Hadlock asked if they were building a new building and would they get sewer out of it.  He was told yes they would have sewer.  Bratz said they were talking about moving their entire brewing operation into the new building.  There was more talk regarding the logistics of parking and other concerns regarding this expansion.  Ed Hennessey said Towns can apply each year for this money.  Cathy Conway stated that if something came up nine months in the year the Town could apply for the grant funds through the County.  Hadlock asked when the last time the Town had received this kind of grant.  Dorsett said in 2015 we received $500,000 from the same program. 

Rudy Gelsi asked if they could find another way to spend this money instead of on Shilling.  He does not understand why a Town that has so much problem with the taxpayers.  Maybe he is stupid and he does not understand the subject.  Gelsi said that very year we talk about why the tax went up.  Who the hell is this guy over here?  He sells beer so what.  Ed Hennessey told Gelsi the money is not being spent on Shilling.  It is being spent on Town infrastructure.  Bratz told Gelsi this is not a bond this is a grant and allows us to fix the sewer and roads that are in very bad repair. 

Gelsi said last year you asked for $900,000 for the River District.  Ed Hennessey said they did ask for a bond but this is a grant.  Hennessey said the business has to guarantee jobs.  Sweet said Shillings is not the bad guy here.  They are allowing us to get the work done. 

Cathy Conway said they need to close this hearing and open the Residential Antidisplacement and Relocation Assistance Plan.  Sweet made the motion to adjourn the hearing.  Hennessey seconded the motion.  Motion passed.  The Grant Hearing adjourned at 4:34 PM.  The Antidisplacement Plan Hearing opened at 4:36 PM.

Cathy Conway said this plan is a procedure if there is a displacement or relocation required.  We do not anticipate any relocation or displacement with this project.  There will be no relocation of residences or businesses because it is an open lot.  If this money were being used to rehabilitate a housing unit we would have to take care that anyone living in the unit were temporarily relocated while the unit was being refurbished.  This is a standard language document that has to be adopted for every CDBG Grant application.  Conway asked for any public comments.  There were no public comments. 

Conway stated this hearing had to be closed and to open the third public hearing. Hennessey made the motion to close the hearing.  Sweet seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0. The hearing closed at 4:47 PM.  The Housing and Community Development Plan Public Hearing opened at 4:48 PM. 

Cathy Conway reviewed the housing plan that provides short and long term plans for the Town.  Encouraging affordable housing, encouraging growth both in the commercial and industrial areas.  Supporting efforts to support local businesses.  This project is consistent with the Town’s Community Housing and Development Plans.  Bruce Hadlock said the plan was very broad.  Bratz asked Hadlock for an example.  Hadlock said we have too much community housing out there.  This really affects the economics of the community.  Cathy Conway said this plan is based on the Town’s Master Plan.  Bratz said we are not committing to anything other than anything other than what we are already committed to.  Hadlock said the board should take a long look at what the Town’s needs are and what is in the Town’s best interest before applying for grants. 

Bratz asked if there were any other comments.  There being none he asked for a motion to close the third hearing. Sweet made the motion to close the hearing.  Hennessey seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.  The third hearing closed at 5:16 PM.

Bratz asked for a motion to approve the CDBG Grant Application.  Sweet made the motion.  Hennessey seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.

Bratz asked for a motion to approve the Antidisplacement and Relocation Assistance Plan.  Sweet made the motion.  Hennessey seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.

Bratz asked for a motion to approve the Housing and Community Development.  Hennessey made the motion.  Motion passed 3-0. 

Bratz asked for a motion to authorize the Town Manager to sign and submit the application and sign all documents necessary.  Sweet made the motion.  Hennessey seconded.  Motion passed 3-0. 

Bratz asked for a motion for NCIC to write the grant and to allow Andrew Dorsett, Town Manager to advertise for a grant administrator.  Sweet mad the motion.  Hennessey seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.   Bratz thanked those who attended the public hearings.  Bratz asked for a motion to adjourn.  Hennessey made the motion.  Sweet seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.  Meeting adjourned at 5:40 PM.

Public Hearings Notice

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Town of Littleton

Community Development Block Grant Application

 

The Town of Littleton Board of Selectmen will hold three consecutive public hearings on Wednesday January 4, 2017 at 4:00 PM at the Littleton Town Office Conference Room, 125 Main Street, Littleton NH to hear public comment on a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) economic development project grant application proposal to the NH Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA).  Up to $500,000 annually is available on a competitiveness basis for housing/public facilities, economic development and emergency activities that directly benefit low and moderate income persons.  Up to $12,000 is available for feasibility study grants.  The proposal to be heard includes:

 

  1. A proposed economic development grant for up to $500,000 in CDBG funds.  The funds will be used for municipal infrastructure upgrades in support of the Schilling Beer Company expansion.  Jobs will be created and retained and be available to low and moderate income persons.  Up to $20,000 will be used by the town for grant writing and administration expenses.
  2. Review and Adoption of the Town of Littleton’s Housing and Community Development Plan.
  3. Review and Adoption of the Town of Littleton’s Residential Anti-displacement and Relocation Plan for this project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOWN OF LITTLETON

RESIDENTIAL ANTIDISPLACEMENT AND RELOCATION ASSISTANCE PLAN

Every effort will be made to minimize temporary or permanent displacement of an individual due to a project undertaken by the Town of Littleton.

 

However, if the situation should arise, the Town of Littleton will comply with the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended, to any household, regardless of income, which is involuntarily and permanently displaced.

 

If the property is acquired, converted, or demolished and will not be used for low/moderate income housing under 104(d) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, the Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan shall provide:

 

  1. Comparable replacement housing in the community within three (3) years of the commencement date of the demolition or rehabilitation;

 

  1. A description of the proposed activity;

 

  1. The general location on a map and approximate number of dwelling units by number of bedrooms that will be demolished or converted to a use other than as low/moderate income dwelling units as a direct result of the assisted activity;

 

  1. A time schedule for the commencement and completion of the demolition or conversion;

 

  1. The general location on a map and approximate number of dwelling units by number of bedrooms that will be provided as replacement dwelling units;

 

  1. The source of funding and a time schedule for the provision of replacement dwelling units;

 

  1. The basis for concluding that each replacement dwelling unit will remain a low and moderate income dwelling unit for at least ten (10) years from the date of initial occupancy;

 

  1. Relocation benefits, including reimbursement for moving expenses, security deposits, credit checks, temporary housing and other related expenses and sufficient compensation to ensure that at least for five (5) years after being relocated, any displaced low/moderate income household shall not bear a ratio of shelter costs to income that exceeds thirty (30) percent.  Such compensation shall be either:

 

(i)             A lump-sum payment equal to the capitalized value of the compensation available under subsection h., above, or;

(ii)            A Section 8 certificate or voucher for rental assistance provided through the local public housing authority.

 

  1. The right to elect, as an alternative to the benefits in subsection h., above, to receive benefits under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970; and

 

  1. The right of appeal to the director of the NH Community Development Finance Authority where a claim for assistance under subsection h., above, is denied by the Town of Littleton.  The director’s decision shall be final unless a court determines the decision was arbitrary and capricious.  Appeals procedures to be followed are in 49 CFR 24-10.

 

  1. Subsections a. through g., above, shall not apply where the HUD Field Office objectively finds that there is an adequate supply of decent, affordable low/moderate income housing in the area.

 

CERTIFICATION OF COMPLIANCE

The Town of Littleton anticipates no displacement or relocation activities will be necessitated by the Schillings Beer Company Expansion project.  Should unforeseen need arise, the Town of Littleton certifies that it will comply with the Uniform Relocation Act and Section 104(d) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.

 

January 5, 2017

DATE

 

 

___________________________________          Milton Bratz, Chair, Board of Selectmen

SIGNATURE                                                          PRINTED NAME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Town of Littleton

Housing & Community Development Plan

2016-2019

 

While characterized by many as the model of economic development opportunity in northern New Hampshire, the Town of Littleton is experiencing the effects of changes in the overall economy.  The slow-down in the housing market, the loss of good paying manufacturing jobs, and the increase in the service economy are factors which will impact on the overall growth, development and prosperity of the community.

 

The overall goal of the Town of Littleton is to create a self-reliant, economically healthy, environmentally sound, rural community—a desirable place in which to live, work, and raise a family.  The town seeks to promote sustainable economic expansion, safe, sanitary and affordable housing, and to improve the tax base, while preserving the rural atmosphere and scenic beauty of Littleton.

 

I.  HOUSING AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

 

A.  Housing Characteristics

 

Residential land in town is utilized in a number of ways:  single-family homes, multi-family homes, mobile homes, and seasonal homes.  The bulk of residential units are single-family dwellings concentrated around the “urban” area of town.

 

The following table compares the totals for residential units:

 

Table 1:  Total Residential

Use

Units

Percent

Single family

1683

58.64%

Multi-family

 875

30.49%

Mobile homes

 312

10.87%

Total

2870

100.00%

Source: Town of Littleton – Assessing Office 12/11/2014

 

 

B.  Socio-Economic Characteristics

 

Littleton is considered the economic center for the North Country:  people travel from smaller towns throughout northern Grafton and southern Coos Counties to do their shopping and work in town and in the industrial park.  Recognizing its importance as a regional commercial center, Littleton continues to work to reduce challenges of the economically disadvantaged sectors of the local population.    Table 2 illustrates a comparison of Littleton’s income figures with that of Grafton County and the State of New Hampshire. 

 

 

Table 2:  Income

 

 

Littleton

Grafton County

State of NH

Median Family Income

 

50,291

 

50,424

 

49.467

Per Capita Income

24,673

22,227

27,814

Median Household Income

 

45,290

 

41,962

 

62,647

Persons in Poverty

18..0%

13.70

8.7%

Source:  US Census 2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

 

II.  HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

 

The Town of Littleton should pursue policies that will insure safe, sanitary, and affordable housing for all residents while preserving the Town’s rural character and its natural resources.  The involuntary displacement of households from their neighborhoods shall be minimized.  The town should also pursue policies which will encourage sustainable economic development, providing a diversified economic base which will provide good-paying jobs for residents, provide needed goods and services, and increase the town’s tax base.  These goals are consistent with the municipality’s Master Plan and ordinances.

 

Community Development Block Grant funds awarded shall be consistent with the national Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and the state’s objectives listed in Chapter Cdfa 300 Community Development Block Grant Program Rules (Cdfa 305.01 & 310.01) and shall, at a minimum, provide improved housing in accordance with Section 8 standards, public facilities, or employment opportunities primarily to low and moderate income persons or households.  Grants shall not benefit moderate income persons to the exclusion of low income persons.

 

Goals and objectives of this plan, both long and short-term are consistent with the following broad national objectives:

 

Objective 1:      Direct benefit to low and moderate income persons or households;

Objective 2:      The prevention or elimination of slums and blight; and

Objective 3:      Elimination of conditions which seriously and immediately threaten the public health and welfare.

 

Goals and objectives of this plan also address as many of the following state’s objectives, as appropriate, for CDBG grant awards, and priority will be given to projects that have a public benefit, in both the short and long-term as follows:

 

Objective 1:  Implementing the Housing and Community Development Plan and conforming to the municipality’s master plan and ordinances;

 

Objective 2:  Preserving and promoting existing neighborhoods and community centers;

 

Objective 3:  Restoring and preserving properties which have historic, cultural, architectural or aesthetic value;

 

Objective 4:  Solving community problems with long term benefits and innovative solutions;

 

Objective 5:  Successfully raising funds or securing matching funds and resources from public and private sources; and

 

Objective 6:  Funding needed projects for which other private or public funding shall not be available.

 

A.  Town of Littleton’s General Goals (long term)

 

  1. Provide for expanded, affordable housing needs for the elderly, the disabled and young families.
  2. Encourage the introduction of energy conservation measures for, improve the safety of, and eliminate hazardous conditions within the town’s housing stock.
  3. Assist residents with special needs, particularly the elderly, the disabled, and low and moderate income households, to find safe, decent, sanitary and affordable housing.
  4. Encourage the preservation and rehabilitation of the town’s existing housing stock.
  5. Preserve the character of the Town’s Main Street business district by promoting the revitalization of blighted buildings.
  6. Encourage growth in the commercial and industrial areas.
  7. Encourage employment opportunities for town residents.
  8. Identify and protect critical natural resources and scenic areas.
  9. Encourage the development and expansion of high speed telecommunications, including broadband access.

 

B.  Town of Littleton’s Three Year Plans for 2016 - 2019 (short term)

 

  • Support efforts to develop local businesses which provide jobs, goods and services needed by the residents of the town and the region
  • Support efforts of the Grafton County Economic Development Council to expand economic opportunities for residents of the town and the region
  • Support efforts to develop workforce housing and/or support for weatherization and other energy efficiencies
  • Assist the Grafton County Senior Citizens Council to secure funding to expand the Littleton Area Senior Center
  • Continue to work within the 5 year plan for water and sewer improvements
  • Support “Safe Routes to School” efforts
  • Update Master Plan, as needed
  • Support planning and funding efforts for a business incubator in Littleton
  • Support the redevelopment of the River District

 

Town of Littleton Housing and Community Development Plan 2016-2019

 

Approved by Board of Selectmen on January 4, 2017. 

 

 

 

Signature___________________________________

Chairman Milton T. Bratz

 

 

RARA Plan

This plan is standard language and procedure in cases where there is residential or business displacement due to a project using CDBG funds.  It must be adopted for each CDBG project.  For this project, no displacement or relocation is anticipated but the plan must be adopted in the unlikely chance that displacement takes place.