Board of Selectmen Meeting Minutes & Agendas

Jul 13, 2020

CDBG Application Public Hearing Minutes July 13, 2020


 

Town of Littleton
July 13, 2020
Public Hearings
CDBG Grant
Opera House Grand Hall

Present:  Town Manager Andrew Dorsett, Chairman Carrie Gendreau, Vice Chairman Chad Stearns, Selectman Roger Emerson, Executive Secretary Ceil Stubbings

Others Present:  Katelyn Robinson (NCIC), Rudy Gelsi, Karen Noyes Finance Director, Granite North Television, Doug Damko Public Works Director, Sue Pilotte Opera House Manager, David Houghton Fire Chief, Chris Tyler Deputy Police Chief, Herb Lahout

r    1st Public hearing was opened for the CDBG Project overview at 5:01 PM. Chairman Gendreau asked Katelyn Robinson from Northern Community Investment Corporation to introduce the project and made note that there were handouts about all 3 public hearings available to the public.

 

r    Handouts for the public hearings are available at the front of the room next to the recording secretary.

r    General Overview of CDBG

Community Development Block Grant funds are available to municipalities, on a competitive basis, for economic development, public facility and housing rehabilitation projects and planning grants that primarily benefit low and moderate income persons.  The Town of Littleton is eligible for up to $500,000 a year for public facility/housing rehabilitation, up to $500,000 a year for economic development projects, as well as up to $500,000 a year in emergency funds. Planning Grant funds are available for up to $25,000.  Municipalities are eligible to apply for a Microenterprise Assistance grant without having it count against the Town’s cap for any other CDBG projects.

 

r    General Overview Project

 

This is a proposed Public Facilities application to the Community Development

Finance Authority for up to $500,000 in 2020 Community Development Block

Grant funds.  A minimum 1:1 match is required which will be provided through a to-be-submitted application to the Economic Development Administration as well as bond funds which were approved at March 2019 Town Meeting (Article 02). The funds will be used in conjunction with Town-approved and/or other grant funds to complete the Main Street Phase II project. The project includes water and sewer upgrades; improved vehicular and pedestrian traffic along Main Street, Meadow Street, Bridge Street, and Saranac Street in downtown Littleton. This will include the securement of a right of way and an intersection re-alignment, bringing traffic to a safe 90 degree entrance onto Meadow Street from Saranac Street. Meadow and Main Streets will benefit from infrastructure updates, traffic calming, including narrowing of the roadway, curb bump-outs, expanded sidewalks and pedestrian crossings, as well as improved signage, signals, and lighting for vehicular and pedestrian traffic.  A small parking area will be constructed to help alleviate downtown parking issues and expand access to Littleton’s multi-modal trails.

 

 

  • This project conforms with the Town of Littleton’s proposed Housing and Community Development Plan’s goals of: 1. Encouraging growth in commercial and industrial areas; 2. Continuing to work within the five year plan for water and sewer improvements; and 3. Supporting the redevelopment of the River District.

 

r    Gendreau asked for questions or comments from the public; Rudy Gelsi asked Katelyn who she worked for.  She explained that she works for NCIC.  Dorsett explained the Town has a contract with NCIC and they work for the Town of Littleton.  Dorsett further stated the Selectmen represent the Town.  Gelsi said people don’t know about this.  Dorsett said this project has been presented several times.  This is also a sewer project.  This was also presented to the voters at Town Meeting last year.  Gendreau stated the public hearing needs to be open for half an hour and cannot be closed until 5:30 PM.

Stearns motioned to close the public hearing on the project portion of the CDBG block grant hearing. Seconded by Emerson. All in favor 3-0. Motion passed. 1st Public hearing is closed at 5:30 PM.

 

r    Vice Chairman Stearns motioned to open the second public hearing for discussion of the proposed Housing & Community Development Plan. Seconded by Selectman Emerson. All in favor. 3-0. Motion passed. 2nd Public hearing is opened Housing and Community Development Plan at 5:15 PM.  The Chair Katelyn to introduce the Housing and Community Development Plan.

 

r    Housing and Community Development Plan, this is an update of the Housing and Community Development Plan. This plan covers the period 2020-2023.  It includes the national and state CDBG objectives, as required.  A Housing and Community Development Plan that is no more than 3 years old is a requirement for applying for CDBG funds.  The project and the Housing and Community Development Plan are both consistent with Littleton’s Master Plan. The project will benefit low-to-moderate income individuals in the greater Littleton region.

 

r   Gendreau asked for questions or comments from the public; No questions or comments from the public. 

 

r   Stearns motioned to close this portion of the public hearing. Seconded by Emerson. All in favor 3-0. Motion passed. 2nd Public hearing is closed at 5:47 PM

 

r   Stearns motioned to open the third public hearing regarding the Residential Antidisplacement and Relocation Assistance Plan. Seconded by Emerson. All in favor 3-0. Motion passed. 3rd Public hearing is opened Residential Anti-displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan at 5:17 PM. Chairman Gendreau asked Katelyn to(Insert the time the 3rd public hearing was opened and that the Chair asked ­­­­­­­introduce the Residential Anti-displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan Draft.

 

r   Residential Anti-displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan, this residential anti-displacement and relocation plan is standard language whichprovides a 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 event that displacement takes place.

 

r   Gendreau asked for questions or comments from the public; Rudy Gelsi stated that people did not know about this.  Dorsett said this has been presented three of four times over the last four years. 

 

r   Stearns motioned to close the public portion of this hearing. Seconded by Emerson. All in favor 3-0. Motion passed. 3rd Public hearing is closed at 5:48 PM.

 

 

The municipality then votes after close of public hearings to: 

r Make a Motion to approve the submittal of the CDBG application.  Stearns made the motion to approve the submittal of the CDBG application.  Emerson seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.

r Make a Motion to adopt the updated Housing and Community Development Plan.  Stearns made the motion to adopt the updated Housing and Community Development Plan.  Emerson seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.

r Make a Motion to adopt the Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan for the project.  Stearns made the motion to adopt the Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan for the project.  Emerson seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.

r Make a Motion to authorize Andrew Dorsett, Littleton Town Manager to submit the application and sign or execute any and all document necessary to effectuate the potential CDBG contract.  Stearns made the motion to authorize Andrew Dorsett, Littleton Town Manager to submit the application and sign or execute any and all document necessary to effectuate the potential CDBG contract.  Emerson seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.

Signatures Needed by the Chair of the Board of Selectmen

r Housing and Community Development Plan

r Residential Anti-Displacement Relocation Assistance Plan

r HUD Application/Recipient Disclosure/Update Report

r Public Hearing Notice Certification

r Resolution

r Newspaper Tear Sheet


 

MUNICIPAL CERTIFICATION

MUNICIPAL CERTIFICATION

To the best of my knowledge, the data in this application is true and correct, and this application submittal has been authorized by the Town of Littleton New Hampshire.  The Town of Littleton will comply with all federal and state laws, rules, regulations and requirements, including those in PART Cdfa 300 - CDBG Administrative Rules.

Furthermore, I certify that:

  • The municipality affirmatively furthers fair and affordable housing;
  • Where applicable, the proposed project is consistent with the municipal master plan, the Housing and Community Development Plan (HCDP), the Residential Antidisplacement & Relocation Assistance (RARA) Plan and that all planning and zoning requirements have been, or will be, met;
  • Where applicable, the municipality shall provide adequate funds to operate and maintain the public facility or improvement after the completion of the project.  Not Applicable.

 

Date April 22, 2019

                                                                       

______________________________                 ______________________________________

Signature                                                                  Printed Name and Title                            

 

NOTARY SECTION

 

State of New Hampshire

 

Town of Littleton

 

On this ________ day of _____________________ 2019 before me _____________________, the undersigned officer, personally appeared ______________________, who acknowledged him/herself to be the Town Manager of Littleton, and that, as such, being authorized so to do, executed the foregoing certification for the purposes therein contained.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I hereunto set my hand and official seal.

 

                                                                        ________________________________

                                                                        Notary Public/Justice of the Peace

Seal   

                                                                        My Commission expires: ____________                                                        

 

 


 


Applicant/Recipient

Disclosure/Update Report

U.S. Department of Housing

and Urban Development

 

OMB Approval No. 2510-0011 (exp. 10/31/2012

Instructions.  (See Public Reporting Statement and Privacy Act Statement and detailed instructions on page 2.)

Applicant/Recipient Information

Indicate whether this is an Initial Report

or an Update Report

1.  Applicant/Recipient Name, Address, and Phone (include area code):

Town of Littleton

125 Main Street, Suite 200

Littleton, NH 03561

 

 2.  Social Security Number or Employer ID Number:

   -  -    

3.  HUD Program Name

Community Development Block Grant Public Facilities

 4.  Amount of HUD Assistance Requested/Received

Up to $500,000

5.  State the name and location (street address, City and State) of the project or activity:

Main/Meadow/Bridge/Saranac Street, Littleton, NH 03561

Part I  Threshold Determinations  

1. Are you applying for assistance for a specific project or activity? These terms do not include formula grants, such as public housing operating subsidy or CDBG block grants.  (For further information see 24 CFR Sec. 4.3).

 Yes                   No

 

2.  Have you received or do you expect to receive assistance within the jurisdiction of the Department (HUD) , involving the project or activity in this application, in excess of $200,000 during this fiscal year (Oct. 1 - Sep. 30)?  For further information, see 24 CFR Sec. 4.9

 Yes                   X  No.

 

         

If you answered “No” to either question 1 or 2, Stop!  You do not need to complete the remainder of this form.   

However, you must sign the certification at the end of the report.

Part II  Other Government Assistance Provided or Requested / Expected Sources and Use of Funds.  Such assistance includes, but is not limited to, any grant, loan, subsidy, guarantee, insurance, payment, credit, or tax benefit.

Department/State/Local Agency Name and Address

Type of Assistance

Amount Requested/Provided

Expected Uses of the Funds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Note:  Use Additional pages if necessary.)

Part III  Interested Parties.  You must disclose: 

1. All developers, contractors, or consultants involved in the application for the assistance or in the planning, development, or implementation of the project or activity and

2. any other person who has a financial interest in the project or activity for which the assistance is sought that exceeds $50,000 or 10 percent of the assistance (whichever is lower).

Alphabetical list of all persons with a reportable financial interest in the project or activity (For individuals, give the last name first)

Social Security No. or Employee ID No.

Type of Participation in Project/Activity

Financial Interest in Project/Activity ($ and %)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

     

(Note:  Use Additional pages if necessary.)

Certification

Warning:  If you knowingly make a false statement on this form, you may be subject to civil or criminal penalties under Section 1001 of Title 18 of the United States Code.  In addition, any person who knowingly and materially violates any required disclosures of information, including intentional non-disclosure, is subject to civil money penalty not to exceed $10,000 for each violation.

I certify that this information is true and complete.

 

Date:  (mm/dd/yyyy)

 

07/13/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOWN OF LITTLETON

125 Main Street, Suite 200

Littleton, New Hampshire 03561

 

       603-444-3996     www.townoflittleton.org 

      A Great American Main Street Community

 

 

RESOLUTION

The Littleton Board of Selectmen, at their meeting dated July 13, 2020 approved by a majority vote of the board members the submission of an application to NH Community Development Finance Authority’s Community Development Block Grant program in the amount of up to $500,000 and to authorize Town Manager, Andrew Dorsett, to sign any and all forms relevant to the submission of the application and award. 

 

Littleton Board of Selectmen

 

                                                           

Carrie L. Gendreau, Chair

 

 

                                                           

Chad Stearns, Vice Chair

 

 

                                                           

Roger Emerson, Selectman