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City of Olathe ARRA Award Categories
Highway Infrastructure Investment (Surface Transportation)
The City of Olathe has been awarded $3,500,000 under the United States Department of Transportation Surface Highway Infrastructre Investment (Surface Transportation) program. The program is administered in Kansas by the Kansas Department of Transportation. These funds will supplement city-at-large funds dedicated to expand 127th Street between Mur-Len Road and Black Bob Road from a two-lane undivided arterial road to a four-lane divided arterial road. Work items include grading, pavement, curb and gutter, retaining walls, parking lot improvements, storm sewer, water lines, sanitary sewer, lghting, landscaping, signals, pavement markings, wood fencing, and restoration. The new four-lane divided arterial road will contain bike paths, sidewalks, and multi-use paths.
Read the press release announcing the Local Surface Transportation Projects approved for funding by the Kansas Department of Transportation under the ARRA.
Highway Infrastructure Investment (Transportation Enhancement)
The City of Olathe has been awarded $867,000 under this program to supplement the costs to construct a 1.3 mile segment of the South Indian Creek Trail. Construction of this segment will complete the Indian Creek Trail Corridor on the Kansas side of the state line. The primary trail will be in the dedicated open space of Scarborough, Walnut Creek, Walnut Point, Palisade Park and South Hampton subdivisions. The trail segment, which is identified in Olathe's Trails & Greenways Master Plan, will complete the existing Indian Creek Trail corridor in Olathe by connecting Southdowns Park to Hampton Park. This project will also extend to the east along 159th Street to Chisholm Trail Junior High School.
Read the press release announcing the Transportation Enhancement Projects approved statewide for funding by the Kansas Department of Transportation under the ARRA.
Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program provides funds to units of local and state government, Indian tribes, and territories to develop and implement projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy use and fossil fuel emmissions in their communities. The program is administered by the Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs (WIP) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
$23,645,800 has been allocated in Kansas under the EECBG among the State of Kansas, cities over 35,000 in population, and the ten largest counties (subtracting the cities over 35,000 in population from the county population totals). Under this formula, $9,593,500 has been allocated to the State of Kansas (to be allocated to smaller cities and counties who did not receive a formulary grant application), $552,500 has been allocated to Johnson County, and $1,105,400 has been allocated to the City of Olathe. These funds must be committed to projects within eighteen (18) months and spent within thirty-six (36) months.
The objective of the City's use of EECBG funds is to reduce energy consumption, reduce costs, and retain or create jobs. City staff has been working closely with its energy management consultant, Energy Solutions Professionals (ESP), to determine the best use of EECBG funds for facility and programmatic aspects of the City's energy efficiency and environmental sustainability efforts. Olathe will use its formulary grant funds under the EECBG program as follows:
Clean & Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Loan
The Municipal Services Department submitted a request for funds to offset the costs of the Water Treatment Plant #2, filters 1 & 2, rehabilitation project through the Kansas Public Water Supply Loan Fund, which is administered by the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) and is funded under the ARRA. The City has been notified that it will be able to utilize the Water Supply Loan Fund for this project and will receive 20% principal forgiveness of the $200,000 loan, or $40,000. This ARRA money will be dedicated twoard the cost to purchase new filter inserts on top of the original 1964 Wheeler filter bottoms. The new filters will enhance the filtration process at Water Treatment Plant #2 and will extend the time between filter back washes. The filter media will also be replaced during the filter rehabilitation process.
Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)
This program was established to support state and local efforts to stabilize neighborhoods with high numbers of abandoned and/or foreclosed-upon homes. The City of Olathe collaborated with the Johnson County Human Services and Aging, Housing Division on a grant proposal for the NSP funds. Funds were made available under the NSP program to States from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as outlined in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.
Olathe is to receive approximately $1,910,698.43 to benefit Olathe residents through a rental and homebuyer's program. The city will purchase, rehabilitate and either convert them into rental units or resale them to lower income families. Program participants must have an income of 120% or less of the median income for the metropolitan area. Funds can not be directed toward homes that are still in the foreclosure period.
United States Department of Housing & Urban Development Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Capital Fund Recovery Grants (CFRG)
The Olathe Housing Authority will receive $219,026 in Capital Fund Recovery Grant dollars to be used for improvements to Olathe's public housing units. Olathe has been approved through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to improve the energy efficiency on 34 units by installing new windows, insulation and siding and to start remodeling the kitchens in our four stories low-rise. For more information please contact the Housing Services Division at 971-6260.
United States Department of Housing & Urban Development Captial Fund Recovery Grants
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
The City of Olathe has received CDBG funds from Johnson County for many years as result of a Cooperation Agreement between the two organizations. Olathe receives a percentage of Johnson County’s total CDBG allocation. Olathe will receive an additional $107,064.81 in 2009 as a result of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009. These additional funds received will be directed toward a bootleg sewer project in central Olathe. For more information please contact the Housing Services Division at 971-6260.
United States Department of Housing & Urban Development CDBG notice of ARRA program requirements
Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants (JAG)
The Police Department will be receiving ARRA funding in the amount of $295,395 through the JAG Formulary Grant Program, which bases awards on population and crime statistics. Permisible uses under this grant include state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, information systems for criminal justice, and criminal justice-related research and evaluation activities that will improve or enhance law enforcement programs, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education programs, corrections and community corrections programs, drug treatment and enforcement programs, planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs, and crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).
The Johnson County Sheriff's Office will assume the role of fiscal agent for purposes of this grant and will administer the financial and programmatic requirements. The total grant award in Johnson County under this program is $920,495, distributed among Johnson County and the cities of Gardner, Leawood, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, and Shawnee. The of Olathe is proposing the use of its award to offset the cost of purchasing equipment for its 700 MHz radio system to provide greater technological connectivity with neighboring law enforcement agencies.The Olathe Police Department will also be receiving ARRA funding through the JAG Local Solicitation Program in the amount of $71,833. The purposes of this program and eligible uses of funds are the same as the JAG Formulary Grant Program. The total grant award in Johnson County under this program is $185,384, districbuted among Johnson County government and the cities of Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park, and Shawnee. Olathe will use its allocation to cover the cost of replacement rifles and licenseplate reader software.