FARMINGTON — The city's community development grant program spent less than half of its 2011 funds before the fiscal year ended on Sept. 30, according to the latest report.
After an initial 30 day review, the city is offering the public a final opportunity to review and comment on the report before submitting it to the federal government for approval.
"Basically it's the end of the year report," said Jay Peterman, the city's grant program administrator. "It documents how the money was spent so the public gets to see we're doing the job we said we would."
The report, known as the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report, shows that from Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30 2012, the city had $405,157.78 in available grant funds. It spent $188,730.82 on seven projects and planning and administration.
"We managed to spend down a lot of our projects," Peterman said. "There were some minor things, but it all went as planned."
Two projects presented the city with a number of difficulties. Public feedback for the 2010 and 2011 downtown improvement projects indicates little interest among downtown businesses, an overly complex grant application process and difficulty obtaining approval from the State Historic Preservation Office for replacement of windows, the report said.
The grant program's largest project, $166,591.64 toward transitional housing at A Path Home, was complicated because of the new shelter's location near the Animas River, and the money has
An environmental assessment is ready and the project is ready to go out for public notice, the report said.
The annual community development grant program report does not seem to receive much public input, Peterman said.
"We occasionally get comments on the action plan, but it's pretty rare for anyone to take interest in (the report)," he said.
Anyone interested in commenting on the report may attend Tuesday's City Council meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 800 Municipal Dr. in Farmington.
Copies of the full report are available on the City Council agenda posted online at www.fmtn.org under the agendas and minutes tab on the left side of the site.