Public Hearings Notice – County of Cheshire – Community Development Block Grants

Posted on February 28, 2021

Public Hearings Notice
County of Cheshire
Community Development Block Grants

The Cheshire County Commissioners will hold 3 public hearings on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 8:30 a.m.  Pursuant to Emergency Order #12, issued by the Governor of the State of New Hampshire and Executive Order 2020-04, the public hearings will be conducted electronically via the web-based platform Zoom.  Members of the public can join online at www.zoom.us/join and use the Meeting ID: 409 748 8803 and Pin: 6031233, or use the Zoom call-in number at +1 (646) 558-8656 to participate.  The purpose of the first Public Hearing is to discuss and receive public comment on the Microenterprise projects currently underway.  These projects are funded through a federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awarded to the County of Cheshire.

The second Public Hearing will discuss three applications to the NH Community Development Finance Authority under the CDBG program.  CDBG funds are awarded on a competitive basis in New Hampshire and may be used for projects which have a primary benefit to low- and moderate-income people.  A municipality can apply for up to $500,000 in CDBG funds per year in each of the following categories: housing, public facilities, economic development, microenterprise technical assistance, and emergency funds.  Municipalities can also apply for up to $25,000 annually for feasibility studies.

The proposals to be considered by the Commissioners are microenterprise grants to be submitted by Cheshire County for up to $500,000.  The funds, less administrative costs, will be sub-granted to multiple entities including the Hannah Grimes Center, Rockingham Economic Development Corporation, and the NH Small Business Development Center for the purpose of providing training and technical assistance to microenterprises.  This public hearing has been scheduled to provide residents with specific information regarding the grant requirements.  A third Public Hearing will be held to adopt the Relocation and Anti-Displacement Plan specific to these projects.

Those interested are invited to attend and comment.  Please contact the Cheshire County Commissioner’s Office, (603) 352-8215 or via Relay NH at 1-800-735-2964, in advance if you have a disability or need assistance to attend or participate in the hearing.  Anyone wishing to submit written comments prior to the hearing should address them to the Cheshire County Commissioners, 12 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431, or email rbouchard@co.cheshire.nh.us.