Council considers legislative action matters

At their recent meeting, members of the St. Marys City Council discussed and took action on several different agenda items. Tina Gradizzi, Community and Economic Development Coordinator, approached council requesting approval of guidelines for the HOME program. "On Oct. 18, council approved a one-year extension for our 2007 HOME program, the contract for the housing rehab program, so that changes could be made to the guidelines based on the new EPA lead-based paint regulations and changes that were again suggested by our grant manager during our recent monitoring. Council was provided with the revised guidelines and I highlighted throughout the guidelines what was modified or added," Gradizzi said. Council members unanimously approved Gradizzi's request. According to the Homes and Communities section of the website for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), "HOME is the largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. Each year it allocates approximately $2 billion among the states and hundreds of localities nationwide."Todd Caltagarone, Chief of the St. Marys City Police Department, also approached council and requested that Officer Jerome Gerg, who will have accumulated 20 years of service this month, be honorably discharged at the end of the year. Council members also unanimously approved Caltagarone's request. For more on this story, see the Dec. 11 edition of The Daily Press.