Most of $2.65M in Stanislaus block grants used for public works

Federal Community Development Block Grants to Stanislaus County were spent on a variety of housing and shelter, education and food programs, and street sewer projects in the past year.

The funds are aimed at improving communities and target low- and moderate-income residents. Stanislaus County, along with the cities of Ceres, Newman, Oakdale, Patterson and Waterford, received $2.65 million in fiscal year 2006-07 from the program.

The Board of Supervisors, in a unanimous vote, approved a report on the spending Tuesday morning.

Stanislaus County got the biggest share, $692,028, which it spent on the Robertson Road sewer project in south Modesto. The project gives 275 households the opportunity to shift from septic systems to Modesto city sewer service.

Other grants and projects:

Ceres received $338,764, which it used to put in curbs, gutters and sidewalks on Richard Way.

Newman received $310,823, which it used for sidewalks, wheelchair ramps and intersection improvements to help students from Hunt Ele- mentary and Orestimba High get to and from school safely.

Oakdale received $290,663 and used it to replace water and sewer mains, for curb and gutter improvements, and for wheelchair ramps on California and Third streets.

Patterson received $291,901 and used it to start replacing deteriorated sewer lines on Third Street.

Waterford received $295,104 and used it to begin work on curbs, gutters, sidewalks and storm drains on Northwestern Avenue.

In addition, 17 public service agencies, ranging from the Children's Crisis Center to El Concilio, received grants totaling $433,205. The money was spent for meal programs, counseling, education, home improvement, shelter, after-school programs and housing.

Bee staff writer Tim Moran can be reached at tmoran@modbee.com or 578-2349.