Mayor Proclaims Community Development Week in Kauai

LIHUE (KHNL) -- Mayor Bryan Baptiste has proclaimed March 24 to March 30 as Community Development Week on Kauai.

The event is in conjunction with the annual national celebration of the Community Development Block Grant program.

The theme for the 2008 celebration is "CDBG: On the Right Road."

The Council recently passed a resolution recognizing the significance of the CDBG program.

County officials expect to receive $793,056 in CDBG funds plus an additional $235,000 generated from re-payment of CDBG loans for first-time homebuyers.

Eight projects have been selected for CDBG funding and are scheduled to begin shortly after the funds are released in August.

The projects include:

- $303,235, Department of Parks and Recreation, to make accessible all parking and connecting routes to park elements at Kîlauea Neighborhood Center and Kalawai, Peter Rayno and Wailua Houselots parks.

- $218,900, Kauai County Housing Agency, to provide low-cost mortgage loans for low- to moderate income residents who are first-time homebuyers.

- $97,000, Kauai Fire Department, to purchase a new fire response vehicle for the Hanapepe Fire Station.

- $70,000, Aupuni O Niihau, for design costs to convert a former community hospital in Waimea into a high technology and electronic media training center.

- $60,900, Hawai'i Home Ownership Center, to provide homebuyer education and counseling for low- to moderate income residents to help them become homeowners.

- $48,000, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, to expand a legal assistance program on Kauai that will help the homeless, residents of shelters, and tenants in both private and public housing.

- $46,350, Kauai Economic Opportunity, Inc., to convert a space into a certified kitchen to provide meals for residents at Kauai's first emergency homeless shelter, Manaolana.

- $25,000, Department of Public Works, to conduct a study and analysis on whether the flood control levees in Hanapepe and Waimea are structurally sound and still capable of providing their designed level of protection against flooding.