Globe to use CDBG funds for Veteran’s Park upgrades

David Sowders/Arizona Silver Belt The City of Globe will utilize approximately $179,879 in federal funding on added improvements to Veteran’s Park.

A lighting upgrade is in progress at Veteran’s Park, in front of Globe City Hall, and last week the City Council voted to apply federal funds toward further improvements that will, as Public Works Director John Angulo put it during the council’s September 13 meeting, “finish Veteran’s Park.”

The city is expected to receive around $179,879 in fiscal year 2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the Arizona Department of Housing; funds that must be used  to benefit low-income individuals and areas, alleviate slums and blight, or address urgent needs.

Planned upgrades to the park include redoing the concrete to address drainage issues and meet all Americans with Disabilities Act requirements (Angulo said that currently only one side of City Hall is ADA compliant); adding a second ramada; and installing some new tables and benches. The current lighting work, which Angulo said would hopefully be finished in the next two weeks, is not included in the CDBG funding; the project had already been budgeted and procured.

The council’s vote followed a public hearing on the funds. There were no comments from the public.

Council also authorized City staff to advertise a second invitation for bids to replace Upper Pinal Creek Bridge (aka Connie’s Bridge). The first invitation, earlier this year, received only one bid, for an amount that was over budget. City Engineer Jerry Barnes said staff was “pretty confident we can get more interest this time,” and hoped to start construction on the new bridge in January.


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