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City Council weighs funding for youth, energy efficiency programs


By Ginger Livingston
Staff Writer

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Greenville City Council will decide if it will finalize the completion of programs to help homeowners and youth organizations in west Greenville at today’s 6 p.m. meeting.

The council also will hold a public hearing on the police department’s efforts to secure a grant for its ShotSpotter program.

Council members earlier directed staff to develop a proposal to use $100,000 to support youth development programs and to provide energy efficiency upgrades to homeowners in the west Greenville area. Each of these efforts would receive $50,000.

Staff is proposing that the West Greenville Community Grant would offer up to $5,000 to nonprofit and other civic organizations that benefit youth living in The West Greenville Redevelopment Area. It’s boundaries begin at Ward Street and run to Farmville Boulevard, down 14th Avenue to Broad Street to a portion of 10th Street, and Reade Circle to West Fourth Street.

Staff recommends qualifying agencies would be eligible for one grant a year as long as funding is available.

The West Greenville Energy Efficiency Program will provide up to $10,000 for energy efficiency improvements for homeowners who meet certain income requirements.

The public hearing is a requirement before the council can approve the Greenville Police Department’s request to pursue a $30,956 from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.

Funded through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the grant is named after a New York City police officer who was shot and killed in his patrol car while guarding the home of a cooperating witness in a drug gang prosecution.

It’s made available to help local departments purchase equipment and supplement programming needs. The bureau designates grants based on the size of a jurisdiction and crime rate.

If approved, Greenville police will use the money to fund the city’s portion of the ShotSpotter program.

In a note to Council, police officials said the grant is being jointly awarded to the Pitt County Sheriff's Office, which will receive $30,955. An interlocal agreement has been prepared between the city and and Pitt County for distribution of these funds.

The city doesn’t have to match the funds.