Mesa Springs zeroing in on final CDBG projects

       Three main curb/ gutter/sidewalk projects were announced and at least two other citizen requests will get considered in the final year of Mesa Springs as a city Neighborhood Strategy Area (NSA).
       Don Sides, who heads up the capital improvements section of the city's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, told about 25 Mesa Springs residents at a meeting May 5 that the proposed work will cost over twice as much as the NSA's $100,000 carryover, “but I'm going to try to do them all. We'll move money around [among the city's seven current NSA budgets] and make it work.”
       He hopes to accumulate $250,000 in all for Mesa Springs - an amount which should cover the main three projects and possibly additional ones. Sides said he planned to take a closer look at the new requests.
       Allowing time to bid out the work, construction could get started within 60 days, he said. The goal is to have all the work done this year.
       The three announced project areas are:
  • Chestnut Street - Buena Ventura to Columbia and Columbia to the dead end.
  • Jefferson Street - Seventh Street to the dead end.
  • Jackson Street - Sage Street to the dead end.
           These projects were determined after meeting with Mesa Springs residents in January and reviewing follow-up written requests, explained city rehab specialist John Ballweber, who was with Sides. He said he and Sides drove around to look at possible project areas and developed cost estimates. Helping out was the Mesa Springs Community Association, which talked to neighbors, Ballweber said.
           Mesa Springs is being phased out as an NSA after about 21 years. According to Sides, the city believes an adequate amount of public upgrades have been made in that time, and now other parts of town qualifying under the NSA's low-income standards could use the assistance.
           CDBG capital-improvement money comes from the federal government, and is dispersed by . the city among the NSAs based on need, Sides explained.

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