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Residents voice opinions on projects

Published 8:17pm Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Daily Star reported on Tuesday that the City of Niles has $262,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funding. The city is turning to its residents to help decide how those funds are used.

The Community Development Citizens Committee is meeting at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Niles City Fire Department to discuss a budget for the funding. The meeting is open to the public.

The Daily Star asked its Facebook followers how the money should be used. Here is a sampling of what people had to say. What are your thoughts? Share them at facebook.com/nilesstar.

Tessia Sue: “Fixed roads!!!!”

Danny Deuce Palmer: “Put towards a Michigan works/work one program in the city to help bring more employment opportunities…”

Charles E. Jones: “level some junk houses and build a community garden that is supplied with water from the city.”

Terra Jackson: “community theater”

Kevin Brazo: “Refuse the grant, our nation is in debt and we don’t NEED any of the above.”

Katie Riley: “New sidewalks downtown”

Nancy Gentry Boose: “River walk extension.”

Jennifer Sturdee: “How about pave some dirt roads, do something with old buildings (by) the old YMCA, the old police station. Give back to the community by refurbishing these places and make them community friendly.”

Bryan Williams: “What about paying 6 months rent for any new businesses moving downtown this year and put a little aside for a ‘Shop Niles’ advertising campaign?”

Sandra Redman: “An indoor community center for year round activities”

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