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Federal funds may replace air system at Boys & Girls Club
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Claire Banks of the Warriors brings down a rebound during a rookies division basketball game at the Manteca Boys & Girls Club. The club could get $102,300 in federal pass through money via the City Council to replace its aging and inefficient heating and air conditioning system at the clubhouse at 545 Alameda St. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Manteca’s elected leaders may earmark $102,300 in federal pass-through funds to replace the aging heating and air conditioning system at the Manteca Boys & Girls Club, 545 W. Alameda St.

It is part of 13 programs targeted for $361,124 in funding if the council concurs during Tuesday’s 7 p.m. meeting at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St. The money is part of the Community Development Block Grant that the federal government gives cities to upgrade low-income neighborhoods or programs that serve the low-income.

The clubhouse was built in 1982 on city owned property at Bay Meadows Park. A provision of the land lease requires the building to convert to city ownership if the club should ever cease operations. The 27-year-old air conditioning and heating system is at a point of near-failure. It also consumes extensive amounts of energy. The non-profit lacks the money to replace the system. The new system will also drastically reduce its energy bill at a time donations are down and demand for services are up with a significant increase in day-to-day use among the 1,500 youth they serve. The club has already cut back on staff in order to maintain services due to reduced donations from the community.

Another $90,000 would be married with $51,000 in park fees paid by development to remove the existing Lincoln Park backstop and reconstruct it to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and Little League baseball standards.

The project list includes $86,000 for the replacement and upgrading of six existing storm inlets with higher-capacity inlets to prevent flooding along Martha Street and Washington Avenue.

Seven non-profits that serve Manteca residents may receive $7,738 each. They are the City of Manteca youth recreations scholarship program, Give Every Child a Chance, HOPE Ministries for Raymus House, Human Services Agency of San Joaquin County for Meals on Wheels for shut-in seniors, Second Harvest Food  Bank, South County Crisis Center, and Women’s Center of San Joaquin County.

The list includes $11,682 to the San Joaquin Fair Housing to monitor fair housing programs the city is mandated to overlook and enforce.

The block grant includes another segment for $138,494 known as the Home Investment Partnership Program.

Staff is recommending that the money go to the redevelopment agency’s first-time buyer program. On guidelines being developed for $1.2 million in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds the city will receive shortly, the money could about 10 to 12 families buy a home. The city this fiscal year has already helped 25 low-income families buy homes in Manteca. Between all the funding sources, the city could help put almost 70 families into their own homes by the end of the year.