Citizens District Council Minutes 01-03-2012

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Citizen’s District Council Meeting
City of Muskegon CDBG
Conference Room 203
Muskegon, Michigan
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The meeting was called to order by Pat Montney at 5:32 p.m.

Roll call was taken by Liz Parker.

Present:             Patricia Montney, Ned Carter, Rosalind Ford, Virgie Jackson,
                     Stephanie Marion, Tom Pastoor, Addie Sanders-Randall, Amy
Excused:             Jonathan Phillips, Steve Gawron
Staff Present:       Oneata Bailey, Liz Parker

Rosalind Ford made a motion to approve the minutes from the October 4, 2011
meeting. Ned Carter seconded. Motion passed unanimously.


        2012 CDBG & HOME Entitlement Estimates
Oneata Bailey started the meeting with a handout showing the 2012 Allocation
Estimates from HUD, which is not based on the 2010 Census data and is calculated by
someone at HUD. In 2012, Muskegon is estimated to receive only $830,400 in CDBG
funds, which is down from $911,340 and $244,043 in HOME funds, which is down from
$284,337. There are ongoing discussions between Muskegon and HUD as to the
amount, especially when compared to Jackson, MI (estimated to received $1,150,997),
which is about the same size as Muskegon. There will not be any push for applications
because of the decrease and things will probably be as they are for one year and see if
things change next year with the Census data. Tom Pastoor asked will there be
percentage reductions across the board from the same programs as last year. Oneata
said yes, that is what she has been told.

Pat Montney asked what the CDC’s purpose is if they have no input; what are they
meeting for? Oneata stated CDBG requires direct input from citizens in the community.
Tom asked if the Five-year Consolidated Plan is for naught. Oneata said no because
the Action Plan can enhance the Consolidated Plan and can be amended based upon

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the community and money changes. The Consolidated Plan is a skeleton; we can add
the flesh to it with each new Action Plan. Tom asked what ‘we’ is considered. Oneata
said the City of Muskegon, citizens and City Commissioners. It is difficult to go forward
and do bigger things with less money. Tom said you could still do different things.
Oneata said there is no set plan. Tom felt CDBG means community development and
he doesn’t see money being spent on that. Addie Sanders-Randall said they need new
strategies. Pat asked if the CDC would be given opportunities to make
recommendations. Oneata suggested the CDC come up with suggestions and ideas of
what they would like to happen in lieu of what has already happened to discuss at the
next meeting, keeping in mind the timeframes to write the Action Plan for this year.
Oneata is in favor of youth programs. Addie Sanders-Randall said the youth are our
future. Pat asked if the departments were going to compete for the money. Oneata
said the results will show what has and has not worked with the departments and the
CDC make recommendations accordingly. The results vs. new plan will be available at
the next CDC meeting.

        Goodbye to Some Members
Ned Carter and Amy Varnado are not renewing their terms, which are up January 31,
2012. Oneata thanked them for all their time and patience during their terms. Amy
stated she didn’t mind giving up her time to serve on this board, as long as what she’s
here for is really important; the last couple of cycles it has been a foregone conclusion
when you have no money there is nothing to discuss or debate and the input isn’t as
relevant as it was when she first started on the committee. Pat Montney said she is
saddened Amy and Ned will no longer be on the committee.

        Election of Vice Chair
Virgie Jackson and Tom Pastoor were nominated for Vice Chair. Tom said he would
take on the position. Ned Carter made the motion to close the nominations and vote;
Rosalind seconded. Motion passed unanimously for Tom Pastoor to be the Vice Chair.

       Next CDC Meeting
The next meeting will be Tuesday, February 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Conference Room 203.


Pat Montney adjourned the meeting at 6:02 p.m.

Respectively submitted,

Liz Parker
Community and Neighborhood Services
City of Muskegon

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