The first public hearing to discuss possible actions for funding under the next fiscal year’s State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and solicit citizen input on possible activities to be included in the application was held at the Oct. 6 Caliente City Council meeting.

Building Inspector Ken Dixon handed out worksheets titled “Request for Assistance from the Public for Economic Development Projects to Stimulate the Growth and Economy of the City of Caliente”. The city is requesting input from the public about any needs that may be addressed with CDBG funds available for qualified projects. These sheets can be picked up at City Hall for those interested in participating with developing a list of qualified projects and assign priorities that would be in the best interest of the community from that list.

The next public hearing will be held Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. at the next city council meeting.

Other news at the meeting was the rise in flood insurance rates being a concern for the city. The council discussed conducting a study for a new Flood Insurance Rate Map change.

Keith Comella’s request for a business license for Grapevine Metal Worx was approved. A business license for Ken Dixon, Construction Consultant, was approved.

Three members of the Beautification Committee, Chair Lavette Lee, Millie Fitzsimons and Tina Taylor were present to request approval for fundraising for restoration of the Depot building. The Beautification Committee is “a group that tries to make things around town look nice,” said Lee. She stated that they have a fund that is from donations from the different yearly programs they have such as the the plaques at Christmas time when they light the trees The Beautification Committee is pledging $1,500 towards their new project, “Save Our Depot”. The goal is to restore the outside of the building. Donations can be made through the Beautification Committee or through the city.

The committee meets every third Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Depot. The request for “Save Our Depot” fundraising was approved.

An action for spending $70,200 RTC funds previously allocated to Clark Street to instead be spent on the Alice Street project was approved.

An action for spending $53,900 RTC funds on the Locust Street and Tennille Street Project was approved.

A proclamation making Oct. 9-15 2016 Fire Prevention Week was approved.

According to Dixon, “The CYC Bridge project is expected to be finished by the end of the year.”

Dixon also stated that True Value is expanding into the old Caliente Post Office. Owner Terri Phillips stated that it will be a division of Mountain Mercantile that will include a variety of clothes, toys and gifts.

Councilman Vic Jones stated “the Boxcar has a new volunteer, Sandy Culverwell. The Boxcar had a great season and will be closed by the second week of October.”

The Beautification Committee will have its Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 3.