Smiley confronts PSJ commissioners on redundancies

Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 09:33 AM.

He said the BOCC had also been able to address stormwater issues he could not in his district as well as playground equipment that had been upgraded in a park.

“We are helping people which is what government is supposed to do,” Smiley said. “You can stop me from doing work in my own district.”

Smiley said he could not come to the Port St. Joe board and make a motion and was constrained in pursuing grants and other funding mechanisms to make needed changes in his district.

City commissioners noted several times that the housing work going on in unincorporated areas was funded by a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), while the city has dedicated the current and next CDBG grant cycle on water line replacement in the neighborhood of North Port St. Joe.

A governing body may only have one CDBG per cycle.

Playground improvements Smiley suggested were being funded by a grant secured by the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency.

City Commissioner Rex Buzzett said while Smiley can not make a motion in a City Commission meeting, he could come to any commissioner to work to address problems.

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