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City to hold public hearing for CDBG grant

City staff will hold a public hearing to assess and discuss the City’s performance in the administration of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for completed street and sidewalk improvements on West Fifth Street between Santa Fe Avenue and Sunset Boulevard.

The public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at City Hall, Council Chambers, 401 S. Johnstone Avenue. City staff will consider both written and verbal comments.

The grant, in the amount of $228,333, was received from the State of Oklahoma under its fiscal year 2021 CDBG Small Cities Set-Aside program, Contract No. 18261.

All persons or groups interested in this matter are invited to attend the public hearing, or submit written comments to the Community Development Director, Larry Curtis, City of Bartlesville, City Hall, 401 S. Johnstone Ave., Bartlesville, OK 74003, no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 5.

Greg Collins, Special Projects manager, stated that these public hearings were previously held during City Council meetings, but there is a new procedure in place this year.

“This is based on recent guidance from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. They now require that these CDBG public hearings not be held at a regular City Council meeting and that they not be on an agenda with any other agenda items,” Collins said. “They do allow City staff alone to conduct these hearings, and so this one is being held on Tuesday, March 5 by City staff.”

A report on the hearing and a Resolution officially accepting the project are planned to be on the City Council agenda for Monday, April 1.

“The ODOC does allow the City Council to approve the resolution at a regular city council meeting, so this is the procedure we will follow,” Collins said.