The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 22, 1996 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 22, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS TUESDAY. OCTOBER 22, 1996 AS T GOVERNMENT GRANTS Grant request ties all kinds of needs together Combined local effort includes streets, housing and job training 1996 Comprehensive Development Project By CHRIS KOGER The Salinn Jnttrnnl The traditional process of applying for federal and state grant monies has been bypassed as local governments begin to look at the big picture. Salina city administrators, educators and economic development leaders are in the process of putting together a comprehensive grant package that has a scope unlike any recent project in the city, tying together separate entities in a cause-and-effect situation. A group of Salinans involved in the grant application explained the process at a Monday afternoon city commission study session in the City-County Building. The $6.34 million project — which includes $2.39 million in state and federal money the city will apply for — began with a plan to fix about 27,000 linear feet of secondary streets at the Salina Airport Industrial Complex in 1997 and 1998. Tim Rogers, executive director of the Salina Airport Authority, said the street improvements would open 23 lots for development, leading to an increase of a possible 700 jobs. ''When you open up the additional industrial lots, you allow existing businesses to continue to;expand and grow and create new jobs," Rogers said. "With every new job we create, there is a significant issue: where does that new employee come from, and-how do we properly house the employee that comes to Salina." ..Laborers moving to Salina will find a minimal number of affordable — and adequate — rental housing units in Salina, Rogers said. There also needs to be an assurance that local students are being trained to fill those jobs. "When we create new jobs at HOUSING $2,040,000 STREETS $3,576,517 WORK FORCE TRAINING $727,605 City of Salina,. $100,000 / 4.9% Pivate Contributions, $900,000/44.1% Home Program, $400,000/19.6% Low-income Housing Tax Credit Program, $600,000 / 29.4% Community Development Block Grant, $40,000 / 2.0% Salina Airport Authority, _ $1,962,765 / 54.9% Community Development Block Grant, $1,050,000/29.4% Federal Aviation Administration, $263,752 / 7.4% Economic Development Administration, $300,000 / 8.4% State Board of Education*, $90,860 / 12.5% Salina School District*, $90,860 / 12.5% Smoky Hill Education Center*, .. $145,040 / 19.9% Work force Training, $300,845/41.3% Chamber of Commerce', $100,000/13.7% 'Funds already allocated or granted. The Salina Area Chamber of Commerce plans to spend $100,000 on its Regional Workforce Center. The Smoky Hill Education Center is donating $145,040 in instructional and other in-kind services. The Salina School District has allocated $90,860 to supplement the State Board of Education's Excellence grant, awarded to the district this spring. Source: City of Salina the Airport Industrial Center, there's more that needs to happen to help the business industry, to help that employee get the job," Rogers said. That's where the city and educational groups come in. The comprehensive grant program is separated into three parts: streets, housing and work force training. Street project The street project, if the comprehensive grant is awarded, would be funded with a Community Development Block Grant of $1.05 million, a Federal Aviation Administration grant of $264,000, an Economic Development Administration grant of $300,000 and $1.96 million from the Salina Airport Authority, to be funded through general obligation bonds. Housing Roy Dudark, the city's director of planning and community development, said the city plans to rehabilitate 30 houses (using $400,000 in HOME grant money, and $100,000 in city funds) and build another 30 houses for affordable rentals (with $900,000 from a private developer, coupled with $600,000 in federal tax credits to lower rents). "We're focusing on the neighborhoods in the proximity of the airport area," Dudark said. "This is Schilling Manor, the old housing area, and the Foxboro neighborhood. This is all military housing designed for a 50-year life, and much of it was built in 1950." The area is bounded by Centennial Road on the west, Interstate 135 on the east, Glenshire Avenue on the south and Greenbriar Drive on the north. Another area, bounded by Crawford Street on the north, Broadway Boulevard on the east, Centennial Street and 1-135 on the west and Magnolia Street on the south, will receive improvements. The new housing may go north and south of Schilling Road, just west of Foxboro Drive. Dudark said a two- to three-foot tall levy will have to be moved before building could start. The levy work would be funded by a $40,000 Community Development Block Grant. "We could relocate that levy and make it feasible for a developer to go in and utilize that site," Dudark said. "We've had people look at that in the past, but they've never been able to pull together an architect's plan because there are some restraints." About 120 houses could eventually fit in the area, Dudark said. City Manager Dennis Kissinger said it's likely he will recommend that city commissioners establish a neighborhood service area in the Schilling Manor area, making it eligible for other improvements from community policing programs to park and street construction. "We think it strengthens our application to say that we are also prepared to bring aspects such as community police or a new neighborhood park into one of the neighborhoods that service this," Kissinger said. Work-force training With a 20 percent dropout rate in Saline, Lincoln, Ellsworth, Dickinson and Ottawa counties, business and education leaders are finding non-traditional ways to keep students in school, or get their diplomas even after they drop out. Melany Pearce, director of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce's Workforce Center, helps test and train prospective employees. The center has established programs between industries and the Salina Area Vocational Technical School. The .center hopes to buy a new van and equipment through the $132,000 in grant money and $100,000 from the Chamber. Efforts are also being made to tailor training to what employers need. "This is not the same workplace as it was five or 10 years ago," said Laura Hawkins, special projects coordinator with the Smoky Hill Education Center. "Employers are demanding a different type of employee, a more skilled employee," Hawkins said. "They are demanding a high school diploma." The Smoky Hill Education Center works with dropouts to obtain their diplomas, and is applying for $83,000 through the city's comprehensive grant program to sup-^ plement $145,000 in donated in- .> structional help through the pro- * gram. •. The Salina School District hopes to expand its performance based diploma program, which will take 60 to 80 students who are at risk of dropping out and let them complete high school on a computer. The district has received $90,860 from the State Board of Education and will supplement the grant with the same amount, to establish a computer lab for the program at one of the high schools this fall. Another $109,000 through the city's comprehensive grant would allow the district to buy computers and software for another lab The city commission will vote on a number of resolutions on Monday, which will set into motion the grant process if approved. Kissinger said the city will have to build similar partnerships for future grants. "Communities like Salina need to be better prepared structurally for bringing together partnerships," he said. Kissinger said communities are being asked to take a "holistic" approach to the grant process. "Grants will require partnerships, communication," he said. Newly planted wheat thrives in warmth By, The Associated Press . WICHITA — Most of the state's wheat crop is in the ground and ttiriying because of favorable soil moisture and warm temperatures, Kansas Agricultural Statistics said in its weekly report. Wheat is 94 percent seeded, compared to 95 percent at this time last.year, but identical to the aver- age, the state agency reported Monday. Wheat has emerged on 74 percent of the acreage, compared to 69 percent last year and the average of 70 percent. Wheat condition is rated 88 percent good to excellent and 12 percent fair. Wet grain is keeping some farmers out of the fields for fall harvest. A widespread frost would halt crop growth and help dry the grain, but there have only been a few light frosts in northern Kansas. Seventy percent of the corn crop has been harvested, compared to • 57 percent last year and the average of 74 percent. Corn condition is rated 86 percent good to excellent, 11 percent fair and 3 percent poor to very poor. John Wood &Assoc. INSURANCE • FINANCIAL SERVICES Specializing In Employee Benefits 1997 Saline County Historical Calender On Sale Now! moMD N U S E U Gift Store 211 West Iron T\ies.-Fri. 12-5 & Sat. 10-5 Sun. 1-5 In Stock Custom Frames &O /O rsr s. s««t«. XZ7-9200 in the Salina Business Community i^v.i.'s. lupi^l >pllfi >NI to LINE r I Sure there is. 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