HUD visit to Freeport IL 19609425 Freeport Journal Standard

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HUD visit to Freeport IL 19609425 Freeport Journal Standard - Ways To Finance New King Center Aired By DON...
Ways To Finance New King Center Aired By DON VOSE Journal-Standard Reporter A city referendum may be needed to provide park property for a proposed new Martin Luther Luther King Jr. Community Center Center in Taylor Park. This was the opinion offered by John Luecke, president of I the Freeport, Park Board, and shared by Richard Eckert, an attorney for the city, at a conference conference Thursday afternoon at which a representative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development answered answered questions on application procedures and requirements for federal financial assistance. The HUD representative, Mrs. Alexis Kennedy, and officials met for more than an hour at the CAP Satellite Center, 641 E. Stephenson St., to work out application application details. Mayor-elect Mark McLeRoy was among those present for the 3:30 p.m. conference which was also attended by the Rev. Everett Jackson, director of King Center, the Rev. Martin Olsen, director of the Com- munity Action Agency, Karl V. Janssen, executive director of the Freeport Housing Authority, Curtis Gruenau, YMCA executive executive secretary and Aldermen Bennie Brown and Frank McGee. McGee. Also present were George Kloos, of the Park Board and Clifford Alexander, a member of the King Center board. The referendum was brought up after a question was raised on whether the Park Board had the authority to transfer land to another agency of government. Mrs. Kennedy told officials that the "applicant" for HUD assistance (which can be any one of several city agencies) must have the title, not ownership, ownership, in hand at the time assistance assistance is requested. She ruled out a proposed park swimming pool as the city's one- third contribution toward the total cost for the center which has no set cost' estimate at this early date. Two plans are being considered. considered. The establishment of a new Center in Taylor Park or construction of a new building on the lot next to the present King Center building at the corner of E. Crocker St. and N. Adelbert Ave. The park location was suggested suggested as a King Center location location because of its recreational facilities and its location in regards regards to serving the east side of town. The Rev. Mr. Jackson said it would be good if the Center, Taylor Park School and the park could be grouped together. The Park Board has reportedly reportedly agreed to be the applicant for the planned center. Although no set cost on construction construction of a new center was available, it was general consensus consensus of opinion that the plan for a new center in the park may have to be dropped for rehabilitation rehabilitation and extension of present facilities mainly because because of anticipated high costs. It was pointed out at the meeting meeting that the applicant must also pay architect fees in addition to one-third of total costs of the center. Mrs. Kennedy said that the center "can't rehabilitate a private private building" such as present facilities, without the ownership being first transferred to the applicant. applicant. The land and structure are owned by the YMCA. To get federal assistance, Mrs. Kennedy said, the applicant applicant must show 19 per cent of the families in the area to be (serviced are at the poverty level. These are families, it was explained, that have an annual annual income of less than $3,000 each year. It is possible, Mrs. Kennedy said, that a whole city could be considered as a poverty area. But, she added, this is not likely in the case of Freeport. The HUD official explained in detail the rating process used in determining those cities which are given grants. She said that if an application does not have action taken on it in six months that it is then returned to the originator. The latter action, she said is brought about by the lack of funds, explaining that more applications are received than for which funds are available. Even now, she said, "we don't know if any money will be available available to us at the beginning of the new fiscal year, July 1." In the application, she said, information must be furnished on present social statistics, relevance relevance of services program, citizens citizens participation in planning and operating facilities and remarks remarks concerning the coordination coordination of social services within the facility. . An area with the highest level of poverty, she said, receives preference for funds. In answer to a question posed to her, Mrs. Kennedy said that census figures dating back some years, or various surveys, can be used in determining a poverty poverty level in a given community. The Rev. Mr. Olsen said the city has the census figure from 1960, which Mrs. Kennedy considered acceptable. Families who can be considered at the poverty level include those on welfare and Social Social Security, she added. One question which stumped Mrs. Kennedy was whether the park board could lease a spot in Taylor Park on which to construct construct a center. She is to check on this and will advise the group. Kloos summed up the group's next move by saying, "We must resolve the issue of where we want to locate the center before we can progress further." Deaths And Funerals Mrs. Charles Penticotf quois St., died this morning in St. Anthony Hospital, Rockford, (Bessie) O'Malia of Sarasota, Fla., Mrs. Jerome (Gladys)

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  1. Freeport Journal-Standard,
  2. 25 Apr 1969, Fri,
  3. Page 6

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