Community Development Part 2

March 24, 2009 at 10:39 pm 9 comments

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Continuing

Mark Teleha’s interview with Community Development

Updates and Notes by Loraine Ritchey

Part One found here
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/03/22/community-development-city-of-lorain/

Part Two “WITH CITY COUNCIL APPROVAL”

Sandy Prudoff stated:

“Drake, as an example, he normally works here 8 hours, he is in charge in the evenings and weekends of all sales. So he’s out weekends and evenings, meeting with people, showing houses. So when we do have it happen, if someone were to break in a house, he’s on call, he has to go out there, and take a look at what’s going on.

He’s also in charge of rehab. We provide probably 15-20 homes a year, or more, we provide to families that own their homes, we’ll loan them up to $25,000 towards the repair of their homes. We do the bidding, we do the spec writing, we present the bids to the property owner, through the Board of Control. All of that is authorized by City Council.
Sewer Break

“Something else that Drake did that was off the charts, that was different from this, was that last year, when that sanitary line broke on Oak Point Road, on behalf of the City, as authorized by City Council, Drake monitored the loans from a fund provided by the Utilities Department, to those property owners who had their properties damaged by the sanitary backup in their basements and living rooms and condos on Oak Point Road. So his staff was in charge of all of that.”

In regards to my(Mark) comment that a lot of people in the city aren’t familiar with what the job or responsibilities of the Community Development Department:

“We used to put, once a year, a full-page, [actually] a number of pages of what we did, in the newspaper. We stopped doing that because it got very expensive. But the public [thought], generally, is ‘out of sight, out of mind, I don’t understand it.’

It’s really unfortunate because in a declining economy, and it’s tough enough when the economy is robust, in a declining economy we are always struggling in this department to breach that attitude that we need to invest in ourself as a community, to promote development, promote neighborhood stability, that takes an investment by City Council out of the General Fund, to combat, what is essentially, the result of a declining industrial base.
ED Note:
Lorain moves closer to creating economic development fund

http://www.chroniclet.com/2009/03/24/lorain-moves-closer-to-creating-economic-development-fund_122/

Don and Doug, along with Chris Bauer(Ed note Mr. Bauer is now- a year later- the Economic Development Managerfor Westlake ) are heavily involved with IRG, that bought the Ford Plant.
lorainwest1 Source Gould Studios

Right now there are about four companies that either are, or about to locate in there, totaling about 200 jobs, approximately. Each company that locates out there, almost each company that locates out there, one went out there on their own, but was a referral through here, has a development agreement that City Council has to approve, so we’re heavily involved with IRG.

And hopefully, we’ll also be supervising a $9 million clean-up grant down there. Jan worked on, and secured a $3 million grant from the state to be applied towards a $9 million clean-up process.”

Jan Mackert “The whole process is $11 million.”

Sandy – “So we’ll be monitoring that, and then another division, Rey Carrion’s department, will do the prevailing wage monitoring, and we have a construction division in here that oversees construction and Doug and Don will explain it when we get to the Industrial Park that we now own and are improving.

That construction division will oversee the work that’s being contracted out, not just the prevailing wage, but to make sure that the grant that we have secured, and all of the other money that the company is putting in, is done in a manner that follows the contract, and if there are any exceptional or unreasonable change orders, or deviations from that. If there are, then they will have to go back to Council to be approved.”

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Brian Hazelett  |  March 25, 2009 at 2:08 am

    It was mentioned at the budget meeting that I think 15% of CBDG grant money can be used for safety services.

    Don’t get mad at me. It was a councilperson that suggested it…

  • 2. Sean Stipe  |  March 25, 2009 at 7:18 am

    If I recall Brian, that was only a $350,000 grant that was available for the 15%. So that is $52,500 for safety forces.

    (yes, I actually said only $350,000. It wrong weird saying “only,” but I used it to point out that it’s not millions that the 15% can come from.)

    Mark’s article is great. Saved me from asking the same questions in my research.

  • 3. Loraine Richey  |  March 25, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Yes Mark did a great job and I am so pleased he is letting me cut and paste……

    Brian which council person 🙂 and Kalin thanks for the clarification

  • 4. Brian Hazelett  |  March 25, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Greg Holcomb

  • 5. thatwoman  |  March 25, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    😉 🙂

  • 6. thatwoman  |  March 25, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I hope people have been looking at some of the automatically generated sites at the bottom of these articles seems we aren’t alone folks!

  • 7. Brian Hazelett  |  March 26, 2009 at 3:40 am

    I knew aliens were real!

  • […] Part Two- APPROVED BY COUNCIL […]

  • 9. Community Development - Part 4 « That Woman’s Weblog  |  March 29, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    […] Part Two – APPROVED BY COUNCIL […]

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