The City of Sierra Vista will use grant money for some upgrades around town. Here is the City of Sierra Vista press release.

Council approves 2023 CDBG Annual Action Plan

 Sierra Vista, AZ.  05/26/23. At its regular meeting Thursday, the Sierra Vista City Council approved the Plan Year 2023 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Annual Action Plan, laying out how the City’s allocation of about $250,075 will be spent.

 Under federal regulations, 15% of the funds can be used for public services (about $37,500), 20% for administration (about $50,000), and the remainder (about $162,575) for eligible projects. CDBG-funded activities must benefit low to moderate income persons, aid in the prevention of slums and blight, or meet other urgent community needs such as disaster relief.

 Council approved the staff proposal to dedicate $162,575 to install fire hydrants in the Montebello subdivision that was annexed into the City in 2010. The subdivision does not meet requirements for fire hydrants in a residential area, which poses problems with emergency response and increases the possibility of increased loss due to a fire.

 The portion dedicated for public services was approved to be split between three local organizations that presented requests this spring. The United Way of Sierra Vista and the Cochise County Family Advocacy Center will each receive $15,750, while Southern Arizona Legal Aid Services, which requested a smaller amount, will receive $6,000.

 In other business the City Council:

  • Approved an amendment to Chapter 33 of the City code for a 30-day public comment period. The change cleans up a conflict found with the personnel rules regarding contracts for executive staff.
  • Approved the preliminary plat for Castle & Cooke Arizona’s Independence Village, a 376-lot residential subdivision that encompasses 109.25 acres east of Highway 92 and north of Buffalo Soldier Trail.
  • Approved a request to proceed with an alleyway abandonment from Cyr Center to North Avenue.

 More information from Thursday’s City Council meeting is available in the supporting documents for the Thursday, May 26, City Council meeting. They can be accessed via the City’s website at

 City Council meetings can be streamed live and past meetings can be viewed on YouTube. The meetings are also aired on Cox Channel 12. Learn more at or in the “Council HQ” page at

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