Input needed for future Community Development Block Grant projects

Media Release

The City of Stillwater is seeking public input on how to allocate federal funding for the benefit of people with low to moderate incomes.  

One way to share your ideas is to attend a community input meeting. Meetings will be held on Tuesday, February 16 and Thursday, March 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stillwater Community Center, Room 121, 315 W. 8th Ave. Face coverings are required in the Community Center and will be provided to residents upon entry.

If you’re not able to attend a meeting, you can still provide input from home. Call or email Administrative Services Manager Cindy Gibson at 405.742.8213 or [email protected]. There is also a public input page on the City’s civic engagement platform, Speak Up Stillwater.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects are financed in whole or in part by funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as administered by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

Examples of grant-funded projects include park and playground equipment, water and wastewater improvements, senior centers, stormwater drainage improvements, construction of sidewalks or streets, and removal of architectural barriers to make areas more accessible to people with disabilities.

The primary national objective of the CDBG program is to develop communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment. Recent CDBG projects include:

·         2011: Waterline replacement in the area of Doty, Arrington and Berry streets and 3rd Avenue.

·         2012: Sewer line replacement between 4th and 6th avenues along Pine, Gray, Stanley and Blakely streets.

·         2013: Stormwater drainage improvements in the area along 19th Avenue and Sangre Road and Stonegate Avenue and Raintree Drive.

·         2014: Leigh and Hall drainage channel restoration and improvements phase one.

·         2015: Leigh and Hall drainage channel improvements phase two, and Tucker Addition, Fern, Chester and Hartford water line replacements.

·         2016: ADA-compliant sidewalks, crosswalks and bus stops along Airport Road from Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services.

·         2017: Expansion of skate park at Strickland Park.

·         2018: New all-inclusive playground addition to Strickland Park.

The CDBG grant is typically around $100,000. With the required one-to-one match, the project will total around $200,000. Projects and funding are approved by the Stillwater City Council and administered by the City of Stillwater.