The City of Edinburg is moving closer to finalizing city projects that will get a significant boost, using U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds over the next three years.

The city council approved its custom list of projects found in the 2010-2012 Three-Year Regional Consolidated Plan and Strategy (CPS) on April 20. CPS is the joint program undertaken by all major cities in the Valley as required by HUD.

All cities outline their respective projects in the CPS. In Edinburg that means funding for its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 36th Year Action Plan beginning on Oct. 1, 2010.

More than $1.5 million is set aside for projects from 36th Year entitlement funding and program income, according to the city. All that remains is a 30-day public comment period throughout the month of May.

The city will also hold a public hearing on May 13 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall where the community can voice any concerns for recommended city projects under CDBG’s action plan.

The 10 projects include:

More than $231,000 for CDBG staff in Edinburg, who provide monitoring of CDBG funded projects; $300,000 for housing rehabilitation and reconstruction, $108,000 going to administration costs of the housing program; $15,000 to eligible families to receive emergency repairs to their homes; $245,000 towards a loan repayment for the city’s wastewater treatment plant expansion; more than $191,000 to Public Works for the improvements and reconstruction of existing streets; $36,732 for a stretch of sidewalk on east Highway 107.

Additional projects include $4,000 to Edinburg’s Fire Department for a life safety mascot for children; $8,000 to Amigos del Valle Inc, which provides free home-delivered meals to the elderly; $8,750 to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for a case manager, who will assist abused and neglected children; and $8,000 to Dentists Who Care, Inc. for free dental services to low and moderate income school children in Edinburg.

The city has also included $100,000 for construction of the upcoming Boys and Girls club facility in north Edinburg. The B&G’s Portal Del Norte Capital Campaign is listed as a “secondary project”, meaning it will be initiated only if any of the other projects meet “unforeseen obstacles,” according to the city. In that case, funds will be redirected to the secondary project.