Rantoul OKs community development budget

RANTOUL — The village board has approved a community development budget of $859,157. It includes:

— $415,577 for housing rehabilitation (six full-home and 35 emergency)

— $67,100 for social services

— $60,135 for planning, management and administrative costs

— $29,345 for building demolition

— $287,000 for an infrastructure project to be determined.

The village Citizens Advisory Committee recommended funding for the following social service programs: Champaign County Regional Planning Commission court diversion services, $9,000; Family Service of Champaign County Senior Home Care Program, $4,000; Family Service of Champaign County Senior Counseling and Advocacy Program, $5,000; Prairie Center Drug Rehabilitation and Education Program, $9,000; SmileHealthy's Head Start dental clinic, $8,000; Community Elements case management services, $9,000; and Multicultural Center's case management services, $1,100.

An estimated $22,000 will be carried over for fiscal year 2014-15 grantees.

The village was notified by the Department of Housing and Urban Development that it would receive a grant of $300,675. That, coupled with obligated carryover funds of $349,282 and unobligated carryover funds of $182,407, make up the budget. HUD, however, might reduce the grant money by $104,897 because the village has underspent its grant.

In other board action:

— It approved a contract with Tyco Integrated Security to install fire alarm panels in village buildings for $27,212 and for annual monitoring for three years for $12,780 a year.

— It voted to buy a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning vehicle from Crossroads Ford/Rahn Equipment for $34,836. Greg Hazel, public works director, said the vehicle replaces a vehicle that was purchased 10 years ago, used, and now has more than 250,000 miles on it.

— It approved the purchase of a 150kW emergency generator for Rantoul fire station No. 1 and the Rantoul Police Station from Altorfer Power Systems for $79,505.

— It approved an engineering and testing agreement with BHMG for testing CAT units' emission for $21,384.

— It approved an agreement with Utility Financial Service for the service review of the electric utility not to exceed $23,500.

— It authorized selling village scrap metal and scrap copper and aluminum wire that it will no longer need to TNT Recycling.

— It approved advertising for sale a used village Oshkosh snow plow.

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