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Council OK’s sponsoring Kids Klub grant

— With city sponsorship approved, Kids Klub can move forward on its $300,000 federal grant application for construction of a new facility.

Sponsorship was unanimously approved last Tuesday, July 5, by the Grangeville City Council, allowing the nonprofit to pursue the community development block grant that, matched with the nonprofit’s own funds, will go toward a building to expand its afterschool youth development programs.

If grant funds are approved, construction at property adjacent to Grangeville Elementary Middle School could start in fall of 2017 with completion in May 2018, explained Kelly Dahlquist, community development specialist for CEDA (Clearwater Economic Development Association).

Kids Klub came to the city following denial of a similar request by the Idaho County Commission in early May, due to conflict issues with the county’s sponsorship of a block grant for Syringa Hospital’s renovation project. That request was subsequently withdrawn May 24, and the organization — explained Kids Klub board member Brett Madron — was given approval by Idaho Department of Commerce to then pursue city sponsorship.

Councilor Pete Lane questioned on what obligations sponsorship would put the city under. Dahlquist explained financial management of the grant would be largely Kids Klub’s responsibility. The city would pay some publication fees regarding the grant process and assist in providing required documentation, of which the last the city could draw on information already on hand from its own grant application for the wastewater system renovation project.

While council consensus favored the grant, Mayor Bruce Walker cautioned that were the grant not approved this year and Kids Klub were to bring a sponsor request before the council the following year, the city could be in the same place the county was in May. “And we’d have to relook at where our priorities are,” he said.


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