City of Clearwater makes third attempt at COVID relief grant


CLEARWATER – After two previous applications for COVID relief grants, the city of Clearwater is making its third attempt with the help of Sedgwick County Economic Development (SCED). Funds ran out before the city’s previous requests were approved.
A CV 3 community development block grant is only available to cities and counties in Kansas that have not obtained funds under the prior two offerings. Qualified cities must have a population no greater than 50,000, and qualifying counties must have a population of no more than 200,000.
A public hearing was held Tuesday, May 25, to give businesses and community members an opportunity to ask questions. With no one in attendance for the hearing, the city council proceeded to its regular meeting to discuss the matter. The council approved a resolution to permit the city to apply for the grant.
SCED will assist the city with the application process to increase the likelihood of success. A fee of $1,750 will be paid to SCED if a grant is successfully secured.
Once received, the city will distribute funds to local businesses that qualify. Qualifying businesses with one employee could receive up to $25,000. Businesses with two to five employees could receive a maximum of $30,000.
Grant proceeds awarded to Clearwater businesses must be used for retaining jobs for low- to moderate-income employees. Businesses can use the funds for working capital such as wages, rent, inventory, and non-city owned utilities.
If the city is awarded the grant, money will be distributed in July.
In other business:
• The city council approved road closures for the Clearwater Art Walk. Ross Avenue will be closed at all points of entry between Gorin Street and Byers Street during the event on June 18.
• A temporary alcohol resolution was approved for the art walk. Simply Sangria will be offering samples of adult beverages at Boutique @ Busy Bee. Council member Chris Griffin voted in opposition to the resolution.
• The city council approved an agreement with Foster Design and Associates LLC to create a comprehensive city plan. The plan will take approximately 10 months to complete and will be used by the city to help improve and grow the city of Clearwater.