Independence has secured more than $1.7 million in funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The City Council approved the federal funds for 2017-18 on Monday.

The funding comes from the Community Development Block Grant and Home Investment Partnerships Act programs.

The CDBG plan includes $600,000 earmarked toward a new Farmer's Market building at the parking lot off Truman Road between Osage and Liberty streets. In the spring, city officials initially had hoped to possibly gather funding and construct the building before the Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival over Labor Day weekend, but now they hope to begin later in September.

The breakdown for CDBG AND HOME funds:

CDBG

Administration, $143,640.60

Housing

Code compliance, $195,000

Home rehabilitation, $200,000

Dangerous buildings, $100,000

Public facility improvements

Farmer's Market, $600,000

Public services

Independence Meals on Wheels, $5,000

CSL Homeless Prevention Program, $9,576

Child Abuse Prevention Association, $5,000

Palmer Senior Center, $16,758

TMC Medical Center New Mom Program, $14,866

Hillcrest Transitional Program, $22,280

SA Rent and Utility Assistance Program, $18,929

NWCDC Senior Meal Program, $9,576

Hope House Shelter Food Program, $5,745

Job training programs, $71,832

Total, $1,418,203

 

HOME

Administration, $32,578.50

Community Housing Development Organization, $48,867.75

CHDO Operating Funds, $16,289.25

Single and multi-family housing projects, $228,049.50

Total, $325,785

TOTAL, $1,743,988

 

Also on Monday:

• The council approved liquor license premises for a pair of establishments – Ron's Roadhouse at 10817 E. Truman Road, and Shots at 11703 E. 23rd St. The first vote was unanimous, while the vote for Shots was 5-2. It had been postponed from June 19 after a handful of citizens, including the owner of the bar next door, had objected to the application, complaining of late-hour noise and unruly behavior that led to several police visits.

• The city also is set to replace the windows along the south and west sides of the Sermon Community Center. The council approved a contract for almost $398,000 with The Wilson Group. The windows had been marked for repair or replacement two years ago, but the city couldn't fit the whole project into the budget in 2015, so money has been budgeted from three consecutive fiscal year budgets to pay for the project.

City staff preferred replacement windows over repairs for more long-term efficiency and less construction time, according to city documents.