|How Can his Happen?|
"City fails to finish federal grant application",
That is the title and piece in the Review; front page online. How can this possibly be?
"In June, the Half Moon Bay City Council authorized staff to apply for $4.5 million worth of federal grants for Coastal Trail repaving and bridge maintenance. However, despite a 4-0 vote authorizing the grant work, city staff never completed the application and as a result that money will never make it to Half Moon Bay."
"A U.S. Department of Transportation official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the press, confirmed that the city did not complete a formal application by the June 5 deadline."
Although we can live without it, and I say that because we will have to now, the fact that the Council took action and by vote directed staff to apply and staff did not respond is simply negligence; negligence on the part of the City Manager (not acting) and the Council (not supervising).
To put a sharper point on the amount, $4.5 Million; that is about 35% of the HMB Annual Budget - a very good chunk of money that would have been very helpful in the betterment of HMB going forward.
Maybe, if the Council acts now, the City Manager might have enough time to do the paperwork and submit an application by June of 2016, if the possibility of those funds still exist then.
Just really hard to believe. How many of us would just space on $4.5 Million?
"Ruddock was also disappointed to hear so late that the application deadline passed without city action."
“I was talking to (Half Moon Bay City Manager Magda Gonzalez) about something else and she mentioned that she had some bad news,” Ruddock said. “She told me the city’s application had been rejected.”
Ruddock said it is her understanding the application wasn’t so much rejected as never submitted. Gonzalez did not return emails or phone calls seeking comment.