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Stimulus watch

Submitted by on 1, April 7, 2009 – 6:55 am3 Comments

Alameda is in line for $3.23 million in federal stimulus money that will help repave part of Central Avenue, put new roofs on one of the city’s low-income housing complexes and cover a host of other needs, including (possibly) solar panels on the roof of the main library.

The city will get $1.3 million to repave a section of Central between Pacific and Webster, and another $640,600 in energy efficiency block grant money that Deputy City Manager Lisa Goldman said could help pay for solar panels on the library roof.

Alameda will also get over half a million dollars in homeless assistance funding, and additional $360,846 in community development block grant funds – money typically used to fund programs for the poor – plus $104,282 for police equipment and $269,717 to replace the roofs at the Esperanza Housing Complex.

The city didn’t get money for some of the big-ticket items it put on a list of “shovel-ready” projects submitted to the U.S. Conference of Mayors as part of its lobbying efforts to Congress last year, including money to move the Planning & Building Department into the old Carnegie Library and additional funds for the Willie Stargell extension project.

City staff are also looking to apply for additional money to upgrade Fire Station 5 out at Alameda Point and to do environmental cleanup work at Alameda Landing.

You can get all of that and more from Goldman’s report to the council, which is here. She’ll give ’em the rundown at the meeting tonight, 7:30 p.m., City Hall (it’ll be on Channel 15).


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