Sumter City Council approved first reading on Tuesday to accept the proposed 2018 Community Development Block Grant that would allocate $291,838 among six city programs.
If approved after a third reading, the grant, appropriated to the city by …
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If approved after a third reading, the grant, appropriated to the city by HUD, would be used for multiple community projects such as youth employment, YMCA youth services, Sumter United Ministries, housing repair and demolition and historic preservation, as well as the administrative costs to operate each project.
According to a draft budget, $20,000 would be allocated toward demolition; $10,000 for historic preservation; $136,525 for housing repair; $39,946 for youth employment; $2,500 for YMCA youth services; $24,500 for youth services; and $58,367 would be allocated for administration.
The proposed budget is almost the same as the previous year except that YMCA has requested an $800 increase, and housing repair will receive $1,000 less than it did in 2017.
Each project is meant to benefit the public or residents from moderate- to low-income households.
For example, the youth employment program, held during the summer, helps teenage students in moderate- to low-income households gain work experience and develop a connection with their communities.
The students are monitored by school resource officers who also transport students to their jobs, Community Development Director Clarence Gaines said.
Alcohol sales approved for annual public events
Council approved a resolution to authorize the sale of beer and wine during multiple events held downtown each year. Those events include: Sumter Development Board Building Grand Opening, Sumter Green Untapped Food Truck Festival, Fourth Fridays on Main Concert Series, United Way Downtown Derby Day, Downtown Microbrew Festival, Taste at the Gardens/Iris Festival, Sumter Green Fall Feast, Downtown OktoberFest, Porches of Sumter, Sumter Downtown Market, Downtown Zombie Fest Halloween Event and Sip & Stroll.
The city of Sumter will not be selling alcohol during these events but will authorize other entities to do so, Mayor Joe McElveen said.
Councilman Calvin Hastie voted in opposition of the resolution as he said he always does because of the adverse effects alcohol can have.
Council recognizes local heroes
Council members shook hands with Nicholas Hill from Sumter Fire Department and Sumter Police Department's Lead Cpl. Cameron Bryant and Patrolman Joseph Kellahan who dove into a retention pond to rescue a family and performed CPR after their vehicle went over an embankment on June 22, 2017.
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