The City of Tamarac is offering citizens the opportunity to comment on two proposed grant applications.
Both grant applications are for the “Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Program”, which is a competitive solicitation issued by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). The program funding, which totals nearly $500 million in Florida alone, is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG); the program is designed to “address unmet infrastructure needs related to protection of critical facilities.”
According to Floridajobs.org, “The Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program is designed to provide funding opportunities for local governments and state agencies to develop large-scale mitigation activities that allow Florida communities to better withstand future disasters. With a total allocation of $475,000,000, the Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program will be implemented in three competitive application cycles, with $150 million in funding available in the first round.”
Improving and Hardening Critical Infrastructure
The City notes that “The grant application for the project to improve and harden the water facilities in the Tamarac Utility East area will consist of construction activities to improve and harden the water facilities in Tamarac Utility East (TUE), an area extending from NW 31st Avenue to Prospect Road and NW 15th Avenue. These activities include the installation of a new water main to ensure service during an emergency. The City is requesting $10,185,000.00. The program does not require matching funds from the City.”
According to the City, The Water Treatment Plant Grant will “consist of mitigation activities at the Water Treatment Plant at 7803 NW 61st St. Tamarac, FL 33321-6200. These activities include the hardening of the facility to provide uninterrupted service during an emergency. The City is requesting $10,350,000.00. The program does not require matching funds from the City.”
Where to Comment or Learn More
All comments on both grants must be submitted to Jack.Strain@tamarac.org and must be received no later than close of business on August 28, 2020 to be included with the application package submitted to the State of Florida.”
In June, the State of Florida held a webinar for municipalities interested in these grants. The webinar slides are available here; the full webinar transcript is available here.
You can learn more about the “Rebuild Florida” program here. According to Rebuild Florida, this is “a program of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) created to help Florida’s long-term recovery efforts from recent hurricanes. The state of Florida is committed to helping homeowners, small businesses and communities affected by these storms.”
Click here to read the City’s notice on the grant application for a project to improve and harden the water facilities in the Tamarac Utility East area.
Click here to read the City’s notice on the grant application for a project consisting of mitigation activities to harden the Water Treatment Plant.