Press Release from the Commissioners Office
Baker County Board of Commissioners
1995 Third Street
Baker City, OR 97814
(541) 523-8200


05/15/2020 9:00 a.m. Special Commission Session
BAKER COUNTY
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING and PUBLIC NOTICE
2020 Community Development Block Grant from Business Oregon

Baker County is eligible to apply for a 2020 Community Development Block Grant from Business Oregon. Community Development Block Grant funds come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grants can be used for public facilities and housing improvements, primarily for persons with low and moderate incomes.

Approximately $12 million will be awarded to Oregon non-metropolitan cities and counties in 2020. The maximum grant that a city or county can receive for Emergency Small Business and Micro-enterprise Assistance is $150,000.

Baker County is preparing an application for a 2020 Community Development Block Grant from Business Oregon for Emergency Small Business and Micro-Enterprise Assistance Grant Program in Baker County which would consist of grants to qualifying microentrepreneurs and small businesses who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. It is estimated that the proposed project will benefit at least 15 persons, of whom 100% will be low or moderate income.

The Baker County Commissioners will hold a public hearing during a Special Session on Friday, May 15, 2020 which begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Baker County Courthouse located at 1995 Third Street, Baker City, OR. Members of the public can attend the meeting by visiting www.bakercounty.org and clicking on the link for “Upcoming Online Commission Sessions” and then selecting the appropriate meeting scheduled for May 15, 2020 in order to attend the video conference. The purpose of this Hearing is for the Commissioners to obtain citizen views and to respond to questions and comments about: community development and housing needs, especially the needs of low- and moderate-income persons, as well as other needs in the community that might be assisted with a Community Development Block Grant project; and the proposed project.

Public comment can be provided during the meeting or written comments are also welcome and must be received by 5:00 p.m. on May 14, 2020 at Baker County Commissioners, 1995 Third Street, Baker City, OR 97814 or by emailing hmartin@bakercounty.org Both oral and written comments will be considered by the Commissioners in deciding whether to apply.

The location of the hearing is accessible to persons with disabilities. Please contact the Assistant to the Commissioners at 541-523-8200 if you will need any special accommodations to attend or participate in the meeting.

More information about Oregon Community Development Block Grants, the proposed project, and records about the County’s past use of Community Development Block Grant funds is available for public review in the Baker County Commissioners’ Office at 1995 Third Street, Baker City, OR 97814, 1st floor, during regular office hours. Advance notice is requested. If special accommodations are needed, please notify the Assistant to the Commissioners at 541-523-8200 so that appropriate assistance can be provided.

Permanent involuntary displacement of persons or businesses is not anticipated as a result from the proposed project. If displacement becomes necessary, alternatives will be examined to minimize the displacement and provide required/reasonable benefits to those displaced. Any low- and moderate-income housing which is demolished or converted to another use will be replaced.