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Gainesville City Council backs Legacy Link grant application
State, federal funds would help Meals on Wheels programs, senior life center, transportation
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Gainesville City Council approved a resolution Tuesday acknowledging its support for the Gainesville-Hall Community Service Center’s Legacy Link grant application.

The application seeks state and federal funds for Meals on Wheels programs, the senior life center and transportation services for the elderly, and is committed to a cash match requirement. The city provided $51,505 in matching support for the current fiscal year, and has committed no more than $60,000 for the next fiscal year beginning July 1.

But the Hall County Board of Commissioners has yet to give its backing to the grant application and cash match requirement, a fact CSC Director Phillippa Lewis Moss told the council could have an “impact on the community that would be devastating.”

In a letter dated Nov. 27, commission Chairman Richard Mecum wrote, “The county supports seeking grant funding and additional sources to support these programs.

“However, at this point in time in our fiscal year, we are not entering into annual budgetary obligations/commitment for FY 2015.”

Moss told City Council it is important to have the confidence and assurance the appropriate funds will be available from year to year.

City Council approved two other resolutions.

The first is a memorandum of understanding between the city of Gainesville, Main Street Gainesville (a civic organization that promotes the downtown area) and the Department of Community Affairs.

The MOU stipulates the DCA is the sponsoring state agency for the Georgia Classic Main Street Program, which promotes public and private partnerships to grow business districts and revitalize downtown areas. The MOU covers the 2014 program year.

Finally, City Council authorized the Gainesville Police Department to apply for equipment procurement as a member of the Region B Unified Healthcare Coalition.

The police department has participated in disaster preparedness exercises with the coalition and found it needs incident command vests and night vision goggles to better respond to emergencies.

The Northeast Georgia Health Care System reports it has funds to purchase this equipment for the police department.

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