Dunnellon officials to save on Dunnellon Heights grant application | Local News
DUNNELLON – On June 23, Dunnellon City Council withdrew offers to pay $ 15,000 each for grant writing services to seek funding for the renovation of a police station building and the paving of Dunnellon Heights in eastern Dunnellon.
Council chose to hire Fred Fox, of Fred Fox Enterprises, to write an application for a no up-front grant for the paving of Dunnellon Heights. Fox told city officials he didn’t think it was very likely that the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) would be approved to turn the old Souls Harbor Church building into a police station.
The council unanimously backed the cancellation of its two IPOs with Kimley-Horn and permission for Fox to apply for the Dunnellon Heights grant on behalf of the city. Councilors Jan Cubbage and Louise Kenny have previously opposed the authorization of a $ 15,000 payment to Kimley-Horn for the CDBG grant in the June 3–2 vote.
Mayor Bill White praised CFO Jan Smith and city staff for their persistence in seeking grants and Cubbage’s earlier skepticism about the viability of winning the police station grant, a sentiment supported by Fox.
“We’re paying our bills and we’re doing well financially, but our ability to move forward with major projects depends on our ability to get grants,” White said. “The first grant writer we contacted wanted a lump sum of $ 15,000 each. We all felt uncomfortable about it.
“We went back to a successful grants writer with us, Fred Fox. He hopes that if he writes the grants, he can also be the one who has been appointed administrator of the grant.
Rather than asking for an upfront fee, White said, Fox is prepared to write the Dunnellon Heights grant in the hope, without any guarantees, that it will put him in a position where, if one director is chosen, he would be the one. .
“(This is) all good news,” Cubbage said of the council’s new focus on grants. “I’m glad we’re thinking outside the box. “
Cubbage then quoted White at a previous board meeting: “When you’re dealing with taxpayer money, you want to eliminate as much risk as possible. “
Dunnellon Heights is a fast growing housing community in eastern Dunnellon, bordered by San Jose Boulevard, Bridges Road, County Road 484 and Dunnellon Little League. None of its houses are located along paved roads.
“No other advice has really jumped on (pave Dunnellon Heights) as we prepare to do it,” White said. “If we can get this grant, which will be written for free, we may be able to get the lion’s share of Dunnellon Heights cobblestone.”