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I-JOBS Local Street and Road Funding -- Have You Received Your Check Yet?

By now most everyone knows that $830 million has been committed by the Iowa General Assembly for the I-JOBS initiative. Of that $45,000,000 was appropriated to the Iowa Department of Transportation through various programs.
Fifty percent of these funds will be deposited into the Street Construction funds of Cities and 50 percent into the Secondary Road Fund of Counties to be distributed by formula, the same way cities and counties currently receive their road funding. These funds will be distributed in phases $20.3 million in FY 2010 and $24.7 million in FY 2011. This funding will be sent to cities and counties as a separate check from their regular road funding. Below is the estimated amount each city and county should receive in addition to their regular road funds.

For more information contact Shirley Helgevold, MIDAS (515) 576-7183 ext. 212 shelgevold@midascognet or Charlie Purcell, Iowa DOT (515) 239-1532 charlie.purcell@dot.iowa.gov.

Estimated I-JOBS Funding
Distribution to Counties
Estimated Estimated
I-JOBS Funding Additional Transfers I-JOBS Funding
County (prior to under 500 From Cities Under (after under 500
pop. adjustment) 500 Population pop. adjustment)
Calhoun $207,804 $2,673 $210,477
Hamilton $209,462 $1,853 $211,314
Humboldt $163,123 $5,266 $168,389
Pocahontas $215,938 $1,850 $217,788
Webster $311,610 $5,160 $316,770
Wright $209,008 $674 $209,682
Total $22,500,000 $240,892 $22,740,892

Estimated I-JOBS Funding Distribution to Cities
Estimated
Estimated Transfer to County I-JOBS Revenue
I-JOBS Revenue for Cities Under (after under 500 pop.
City Population (prior to under 500 pop. adjustment) 500 Population adjustment)
Badger 610 $5,911 $0 $5,911
Barnum 195 $1,890 $0 $1,890
Belmond 2,560 $24,806 $0 $24,806
Blairsburg 235 $2,277 $184 $2,093
Bode 327 $3,169 $908 $2,260
Bradgate 101 $979 $355 $624
Callender 424 $4,108 $1,112 $2,996
Clare 190 $1,841 $1,050 $791
Clarion 2,968 $28,759 $0 $28,759
Dakota City 911 $8,827 $0 $8,827
Dayton 884 $8,566 $0 $8,566
Dows 675 $6,541 $0 $6,541
Duncombe 474 $4,593 $1,273 $3,319
Eagle Grove 3,712 $35,969 $0 $35,969
Ellsworth 531 $5,145 $0 $5,145
Farnhamville 430 $4,167 $664 $3,503
Fonda 648 $6,279 $0 $6,279
Fort Dodge 26,309 $254,929 $0 $254,929
Galt 30 $291 $74 $217
Gilmore City 556 $5,388 $0 $5,388
Goldfield 680 $6,589 $0 $6,589
Gowrie 1,038 $10,058 $0 $10,058
Harcourt 340 $3,295 $319 $2,976
Hardy 57 $552 $275 $277
Havelock 177 $1,715 $297 $1,418
Humboldt 4,452 $43,139 $0 $43,139
Jewell 1,239 $12,006 $0 $12,006
Jolley 54 $523 $130 $394
Kamrar 229 $2,219 $1,045 $1,174
Knierim 70 $678 $335 $344
Lake City 1,827 $17,703 $0 $17,703
Laurens 1,476 $14,302 $0 $14,302
Lehigh 497 $4,816 $795 $4,021
Livermore 431 $4,176 $920 $3,256
Lohrville 431 $4,176 $481 $3,696
Manson 1,893 $18,343 $0 $18,343
Moorland 197 $1,909 $275 $1,634
Odebolt 1,153 $11,172 $0 $11,172
Otho 571 $5,533 $0 $5,533
Ottosen 61 $591 $239 $352
Palmer 214 $2,074 $894 $1,180
Pioneer 21 $203 $0 $203
Plover 95 $921 $509 $411
Pocahontas 1,970 $19,089 $0 $19,089
Pomeroy 710 $6,880 $0 $6,880
Randall 148 $1,434 $625 $810
Renwick 306 $2,965 $572 $2,393
Rinard 72 $698 $305 $392
Rockwell City 2,224 $21,550 $0 $21,550
Roland 1,324 $12,829 $0 $12,829
Rolfe 675 $6,541 $0 $6,541
Rowan 218 $2,112 $347 $1,765
Rutland 145 $1,405 $676 $729
Somers 165 $1,599 $541 $1,058
Stanhope 488 $4,729 $0 $4,729
Stratford 746 $7,229 $0 $7,229
Thor 174 $1,686 $1,053 $633
Varina 90 $872 $150 $722
Vincent 158 $1,531 $317 $1,214
Webster City 8,176 $79,224 $0 $79,224
Williams 427 $4,138 $0 $4,138
Yetter 36 $349 $106 $243
Notes:
  • City/county I-JOBS revenue ($45 million) will be distributed over two fiscal years. FY 2010 and FY 2011.
  • 50 percent of city/county I-JOBS funding is distributed to the Secondary Road Fund.
  • A very small portion of the I-JOBS funding to cities will transfer to counties that have jurisdiction to farm-to-market extensions in cities under 500 population.

Region 5 Shuttle Routes Start August 17, 2009

The cities in Calhoun, Pocahontas, Hamilton, Humboldt and Webster counties will see the MIDAS RTA Bus in their communities on a regular basic, which will travel to Fort Dodge, Iowa. Travelers who would like a ride can call MIDAS’s at 1-800-287-7433. Starting Monday August 17, 2009 MIDAS RTA Bus will operate modified fix routes in the five county area of Region 5.襘; The following schedules will be part of an overall operations and maintenance schedule for the MIDAS Transit System. Fares for the bus rides is $5.00 each way.襘;

Monday Schedule:襘;Leaves襘;Rockwell City襘;at 9:00 a.m. return at 2:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays.襘;The bus will travel through Somers, Roelyn, and Mooreland.
    Leaves襘;Pomeroy襘;at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays.
    The bus will travel through Manson, Barnum and Tara.
Tuesday Schedule:襘;Leaves the襘;City of Pocahontas襘;at 9:00 a.m. returns at 2:30 p.m.襘;The first and third Mondays the bus will travel through Rolfe, Bradgate, Gilmore City.襘;The second and fourth Mondays the bus will travel through Palmer, Pioneer and Clare.

Wednesday Schedule:襘;Leaves the襘;City of Lake City襘;at 9:00 a.m. returns at 2:30 p.m.
    The first and third Wednesdays the bus will travel through Lohrville, Farnhamville, Gowrie, and Callender.
    The second and fourth Wednesdays the bus will travel through Lohrville, Farnhamville, Gowrie and Harcourt.
Thursday Schedule:襘;襘;Leaves the襘;City of Humboldt襘;at 9:00 a.m. returns at 2:30 p.m.襘;The first and third Thursdays the bus will travel through Badger Vincent and Thor.
    The second and fourth Thursdays the bus will travel through Livermore, Bode and Rutland.
Friday Schedule:襘;Leaves the襘;City of Webster City襘;at 9:00 a.m. returns at 2:30 p.m.
    The first and third Fridays the bus will travel through Kamrar, Ellsworth Jewel, and Stanhope.
    The second and fourth Fridays the bus will travel through Stratford, Dayton, Lehigh and Otho.
For More Information about the Shuttle services call 1-800-Bus-Ride (1-800-287-7433). The MIDAS staff will help you arrange your transportation schedule. MIDAS wherever life takes you.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Grant Deadline Coming Up!

The Community Development Blocks Grant (CDBG) program is offered through the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED).襘; The goal of this program is the “development of viable communities by providing decent housing, suitable living environments, and expanding economic opportunity –襘;primarily for persons of low and moderate income”.襘; CDBG programs include Public Facilities, Community Facilities and Services. Activities funded through CDBG include:
  • Water System improvements
  • Water System installation
  • Water tower construction/rehabilitation
  • New well construction
  • Regional water
  • Sanitary sewer system improvements
  • Sanitary sewer system installation
  • Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation
  • New Housing Construction
  • Assistance to Homebuyers in financing purchasing
  • Assistants to Tenants
  • Daycares
  • Senior Citizen Centers
  • Assisted Living Centers
Applications for Water Sewer Grants are due November 17, 2009 and for Community Facilities Grants December 16, 2009.襘; This may seem like a long time away but it is only 3 months and there is a lot to do before entities can apply. The following must be completed before a city/county can apply for a CDBG grant:
  • Complete a Request for Qualification for an Engineer/Architect
  • Complete a Preliminary Engineering Report (Water/Sewer projects)
  • Determine where match funds will be coming from.襘; If from another grant/loan it must be applied for before the CDBG deadline.
  • Hold a public meeting announcing the project
  • Determine if your cities/counties Low and Moderate Income (LMI) level is 51% or above.襘; For those cities/counties with LMI levels below 51% they will have to conduct and income survey.襘; See list below of MIDAS cities LMI levels.
    CITYLMI %CITYLMI %
    Badger36.2Lake City45.1
    Barnum38.8Laurens38.5
    Belmond41.5Lehigh55.4
    Blairsburg25.9Livermore61.2
    Bode42.7Lohrville44.6
    Bradgate50.5Manson41.0
    Callender46.0Moorland34.6
    Clare52.7Otho45.1
    Clarion33.9Ottosen62.3
    Dakota City48.6Palmer48.6
    Dayton48.0Plover58.7
    Dows57.7Pocahontas41.1
    Duncombe41.2Pomeroy52.1
    Eagle Grove39.8Randall43.6
    Ellsworth53.2Renwick53.5
    Farnhamville49.8Rinard67.7
    Fonda49.2Rockwell City43.0
    Fort Dodge42.3Rolfe53.9
    Galt50.0Rutland53.0
    Gilmore City49.7Somers46.1
    Goldfield41.9Stanhope35.2
    Gowrie39.6Stratford53.0
    Harcourt30.5Thor46.1
    Hardy71.2Varina40.4
    Havelock59.7Vincent36.6
    Humboldt34.1Webster City39.5
    Jewell35.5Williams34.3
    Kamrar c34.1Woolstock34.8
    Knierim45.3Yetter28.1
If you would like more information on CDBG grants please contact Shirley Helgevold at (515) 576-7183 ext. 212,襘;shelgevold@midascog.net

Funds Still Available for Disaster-Affected Iowans Working to Recover

Jumpstart Program assists with housing needs襘;

Many Iowans are still recovering more than one year after the 2008 floods and tornadoes.襘; The good news for disaster-affected Iowans is that there are still funds available to assist in their recovery effort, but they should not delay in submitting an application. MIDAS Council of Governments and the Rebuild Iowa Office (RIO) would like to remind disaster-affected Iowa homeowners that financial help is available through the Jumpstart Housing Assistance Program.襘; This program will help disaster-impacted homeowners make either a down payment on a new house, repair their current home, or maintain their mortgages while waiting for a potential buyout. For down payment assistance and housing rehabilitation assistance, the maximum award is a $60,000 receding loan that will be forgiven if the homeowner stays in the house for five years. There also is the "Jumpstart Express" Emergency Repair option under the Jumpstart Iowa Housing Assistance Program. The application process for "Jumpstart Express" is the same as Jumpstart Iowa Housing Assistance. However, the express option helps homeowners repair their current home without having to meet all of the requirements of the regular program. The maximum award is a $24,999 receding loan which will be forgiven if the homeowner stays in the house for five years. To find out more about Jumpstart and to obtain an application, visit the MIDAS Council of Governments office at 602 1st襘;Avenue South, Fort Dodge or contact Chrystal Rasmuson at (515) 576-7183 ext.216.

The Iowa Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team is Forming

The Iowa Department of Human Services, Division of Mental health and Disability Services is developing 6 regional teams of behavioral health providers to respond to the behavioral health needs of Iowa residents following a disaster event (bio-terrorism, manmade, or natural disasters).襘; The teams will respond to disasters or critical incidents when local behavioral health resources have been depleted or overwhelmed.襘; The goal of the disaster behavioral health teams is to provide an organized response to individual victims, family members, survivors and disaster workers affected by critical incidents or disasters. The teams will include individuals with experience in human services, nursing, first response (fire, police, paramedics, etc.) mental health, substance abuse, social work, psychiatry, education or spirituality.襘; However, anyone that’s interested in being part of the Iowa Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team can volunteer their time and join the team. There have been training sessions that have been held already this summer, but there will be make-up training sessions in the fall.襘; So if you, or anyone you know, might be interested, please send your notice of interest to Corey Miciunas at襘;cmiciunas@midascog.net襘;so that he can send you the information for the next meeting when they are scheduled.

MIDAS Technical Assistance

Calhoun County:
  • Farnhamville - Administered CDBG Housing Rehab program.襘;Assist City with LMI survey for CDBG grant.
  • Lake City襘;-襘;Provided trails funding information to City Administrator.
  • Lohrville - Provide adminsitration for CDBG Housing Rehab Program.
  • Pomeroy -襘;Provide adminsitration for CDBG Wastewater Program. 襘;Met and discussed who would be best to have on the hazard mitigation committee.
  • Rockwell City襘;-襘;Provided City Clerk with information for LMI survey for CDBG grant and on Requests for Qualifications for engineers.
Hamilton County:
  • Ellsworth襘;-襘;Provide administration for CDBG/SRF water grant.
  • Stanhope襘;-襘;Met with City Clerk to discuss IJOBS grant and Prairiemeadows grant.
  • Stratford -襘;Provided襘;administration襘;for襘;CDBG襘;Water襘;Program.襘;
  • Webster City -襘;Hazard mitigation plan; and assisteed homeowner with Jumpstart Housing program. 襘;Provided administration for Buy Out Program.
Humboldt County:
  • County襘;- Provided assistance on county-wide addressing issues.
  • Bode -襘;Provide adminsitration for CDBG Housing Rehab Program. 襘;Jumpstart Housing Assistance.
  • Gilmore City -襘;Attended City Council meeting
  • Humboldt –襘;Provide administration for CDBG Housing Grant. Working on environmental assessment for EDA Special Projects grant. 襘;Hazard mitigation plan. 襘;Started working on GIS city-wide project.
  • Livermore -襘;Provide administration for CDBG Housing grant. Assist with CDBG Supplemental grant.
  • Renwick – Provided襘;administration襘;for襘;CDBG襘;Water襘;Program.
Pocahontas County:
  • County襘;-襘;Researched funding opportunities for Energy Efficiency program.
  • Fonda -襘;I-Jobs Application
  • Havelock -襘;Met to go over city code. Met with City to discuss codification of ordinances.
  • Laurens - Administered CDBG water grant. 襘;Provide adminsitration for CDBG Water Program.
  • Rolfe – Provided administration for CDBG Housing Rehab Program. 襘;Provided GIS technical assistance.
Webster County:
  • County – Worked on two economic development grants. Hosted Government Service Sharing and Coordination Meeting. Conducted Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee meeting. Assist with IJOBS application for LEC.
  • Badger - Hazard mitigation plan.
  • Barnum -襘;Met with City Clerk to review ordinances for codification.
  • Callender襘;-襘;Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • Clare -襘;Discussed with City Clerk avaialbe funding for City's well.
  • Dayton - Administered CDBG Housing and Water grants.
  • Fort Dodge -襘;Assisted a local business in preparing a Business Continuity/ Disaster Recovery Plan. Conducted a Low Income Housing Tax Credit Compliance Inspection. Jumpstart Housing assistance.
  • Gowrie -襘;Jumpstart Housing Assistance
Wright County:
  • Belmond襘;- 襘;Hazard mitigation plan. 襘; Provide adminsitration for CDBG Housing Rehab Program.
  • Dows - Assisted襘;homeowner襘;with Jumpstart Housing Program.
  • Eagle Grove - Hazard mitigation plan.襘; Provided City Administration information on Procurement Policy.
Regional Benefit:
  • Conducted a Low Income Housing Tax (LIHTC) compliance inspection.
  • Awarded Jumpstart Housing assistance in Boone.
  • Assisted homeowners with Jumpstart Housing program in Boone.
  • Attended Revolving Loan Fund training
  • Assisted in writing MIGP RBEG grant.
  • Attended Small Cities workshop in Dows.
  • Attended IARC meeting.
  • Attended Highway 20 Meeting
  • Attended Iowa Geographic Information Council (IGIC) quarterly meeting.
  • Attended technical advisory committee meeting for statewide addressing and geocoding project.
  • Attended Census Roundtable and Census Complete Counts Committee meetings.
  • Attended a Homeland Security Emergency Management Training course.
  • Attended Historic Preservation Tax Credit Seminar.
  • Submitted final draft of Regional Transportation Improvement Program to IDOT.
  • Iowa Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team

MIDAS Executive Committee Meeting of July 15th, 2009

Chairperson Sweedler called the meeting to order at 6:30 P.M.


Due to lack of a quorum, a special meeting was scheduled for 17 July, 2009.襘;



MIDAS Executive Committee Meeting of July 17th, 2009

Chairperson Sweedler called the meeting to order at 4:00 P.M.
A quorum consisted of: Sweedler, Bergman, Treibel, DeWolf, Watne, Bowman, Fuller, Hansen, Besch, and Kramer.
Motion by Bowman, second by Watne to elect the following slate of MIDAS officers for FY 10: Chair, Jack DeWolf; Vice Chair, Bob Singer; Secretary, Dennis Bowman, Treasurer, Catherine Bergman. Ayes, all.
Motion by Watne, second by Kramer, to recommend the City of Fort Dodge approve Amendment 2 to IDOT Contract 18-0028-269-06 for DART building security cameras. Ayes, all.
Motion by Hansen, second by Besch, to recommend the City of Fort Dodge approve IDOT contract 18-0029-269-10 for SFY10 Operating Assistance for DART Ayes, all.
Motion by Kramer, second by Bergman authorize Weldon to sign IDOT contract 18-0029-050-10 for SFY 10 Operating Assistance for Region 5 RTA. Ayes, all.
Motion by Kramer, second by Bowman, to accept the T. P. Anderson Company Three-Year Audit Services Proposal; NTE $5,600 for FY 09; $6,200 for FY 10; $6,800 for FY 11; with NTE $1,000 additional each year Single Audit is also required. Ayes, all.
Motion by Watne, second by Hansen, to approve Planning Administrative Assistant job description. Ayes, all.
Motion to adjourn by Fuller, second by Bowman. Ayes, all.
Respectfully submitted for Secretary Dennis Bowman by staff member Clifford Weldon.襘;襘;襘;襘;

Cliff's Notes

July was a very busy month for your MIDAS staff. In addition to the normal end of fiscal year reports and activities, there has been a very significant increase in the number of grant applications we have been asked to help prepare due to I-jobs and ARRA funding deadlines. We believe we have done a good job of juggling existing and new contracts and assistance requests, and we appreciate your understanding if one of your projects was delayed in order to meet these new suspense dates. I also appreciate the hard work by the staff who kept all of the balls in the air. MIDAS will be inviting several area legislators to our offices for informal discussions over topics of interest this month. We plan to talk about the public transit infrastructure fund, workers’ comp law, and the Jump Start Business and Housing programs, among other issues. I mention this as a way of reminding you that this is generally a good time to meet with legislators in a more relaxed setting that permits more in-depth sharing of ideas and concerns. Why not schedule some time with your legislators soon?襘;

襘; Cliff襘;襘;

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IN THIS ISSUE

I-JOBS Local Street and Road Funding -- Have you Received Your Check Yet?

Region 5 Shuttle Routes Start August 17, 2009

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Grant Deadline Coming Up!

Funds Still Available for Disaster-Affected Iowans Working to Recover

The Iowa Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team is Forming


MIDAS Executive Committee Meeting of July 15th, 2009

MIDAS Executive Committee Meeting of July 17th, 2009

Cliff's Notes

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