As of Wednesday, May 25, 2016
GRANGEVILLE Kids Klub is withdrawing its request for Idaho County’s sponsorship of a block grant, which Clearwater Economic Development Association specialist Kelly Dahlquist and Kids Klub members presented to the board earlier this month. According to a letter from CEDA to the county, which Dahlquist presented Tuesday, May 24, the commission’s continuing support for a grant awarded May 13 to Syringa Hospital and Clinics, combined with changes in the hospital’s construction schedule, means Kids Klub’s application might not be accepted.
“Kids Klub will be exploring other options for funding their project,” Dahlquist’s letter notes. “The Idaho Department of Commerce is obligated to follow the rules and guidelines established by HUD (the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development) and the Idaho Legislature.”
Dahlquist told the Free Press the Kids Klub could potential pursue sponsorship by the City of Grangeville.
Brett Madron, Kids Klub’s building project manager, told the county commission that the Kids Klub has asked the state department of commerce to consider that possibility.
“Initially, we were under the understanding that since Kids Klub serves the county, it needed to be supported by the county commissioners,” Madron said.
Commissioner Mark Frei asked: “There are kids who come to Kids Klub from outside of Grangeville?”
Dahlquist said: “One of the things they’re looking at is how many of the children come from outside of the city limits versus inside of the city limits, because Commerce, they don’t make the rules. HUD makes the rules.”
“It’s that golden rule,” Dahlquist said. “The guys with the gold make the rules.”
Commissioner Skip Brandt asked Dahlquist to clarify the proportion from within Grangeville proper, and whether the Kids Klub includes many from outside the greater Grangeville area.
Dahlquist said it’s close to 50-50 – “a percent or two more from inside the city” – and that the Kids Klub operates in the city area.
At the May 3 commission meeting, the Kids Klub had sought county support in asking for $300,000 in federal grant money to be used to build a new facility. Kids Klub would match the federal funds dollar-for-dollar to build a building of its own adjacent to its present location in Grangeville Elementary Middle School classrooms. Public records available through foundationcenter.org show that by 2013, the Kids Klub had amassed total assets of more than $722,000.
The Free Press has published Dahlquist’s letter to the commission online at idahocountyfreepress.com/documents.