County RESTORE committee solicits ideas

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 09:19 AM.

There are 10 allowed activities under RESTORE, from restoration of wildlife habitat to infrastructure projects that would boost local economies, but the allowed activities “are not gospel yet” and as structured allow for “leeway”, County Commissioner Warren Yeager said.

The focus at this time is to solicit from the public suggestions for how best to use funds to foster environmental protection and restoration or economic stimulus for the county.

“We can take a look at them and as a group and maybe streamline them,” Jenkins said, noting that some suggested projects may be better suited for other pots of money that will address statewide and regional projects.

“This is so we can see what is important for eligible applicants and help us help you strategize for the application process.”

The RESTORE Committee will meet again on Dec. 18 and pre-proposals are due to the committee by January 15 of next year. The pre-proposals will be reviewed through March 1 and sometime in the spring of 2013 the application process is expected to begin.

Eligible applications must come from a local resident, a non-profit organization or a governmental/education entity. However, RESTORE committee members emphasized that eligibility is only for applications, not pre-proposals and urged any and all ideas from the public.

“It is important we work through the pre-proposal process and get ready for the application process,” Yeager said. “It will be a work in progress, I can tell you.”

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