I would like to applaud Jamie Dixon, Carla Thompson and Derry Glenn for shedding light on the way CDBG money is spent.
Over 20 years ago, when we had the Weed and Seed program, the same problems existed then that exist today with CDBG allocations.
The primary goals for each program are to address issues such as community revitalization and assist residents in so-called targeted areas of the city. Somehow the targeted areas seem to change boundaries when allocations are made.
The government mandated that the City of Lima organize a Community Advisory Committee to give input on how Weed and Seed money was spent. I served as one of those committee members. We had representatives from the targeted areas of Lima.
In the 5th and 6th wards of Lima, we have burnt out, boarded up and dilapidated structures that the city tells us there are no funds available to address.
If you ride down the 1100 block of Holmes Avenue or the 1100 and 1200 blocks of Catalpa Avenue, you won’t find any curbs and sidewalks in worse shape than these. Funds are never available when it comes to problems such as these.
We not only need a citizens review board, but residents from the 5th and 6th wards should be a part of it.