The Town of Mentone is applying for a construction grant funded by the Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) program, administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) to improve the amenities in Mentzer Park. The intent of the project is in response to the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure residents’ safety using the various amenities in the park to have proper social distancing and encourage living an active, healthy lifestyle. The Town of Mentone will hold its second public hearing on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at 6:00 PM at 201 W. Main Street, Mentone, Indiana, to provide residents an opportunity to hear an update on the project development and grant application.
The Town is seeking to apply for $280,622 of CDBG-CV program funds. The total project cost is estimated at $702,800 to construct a new pavilion with restroom and concessions, updated lighting and security, improved and expanded playground, resurfaced basketball court, accessible sidewalks, parking lot improvements, and rehabilitation of a pedestrian bridge. If awarded, approximately 56.5% of the grant award, $163,850, will be used to benefit low-to-moderate income individuals on an area wide basis.
The Town is proposing utilizing $202,961 of its allocated Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (ARPA) and will be using a $200,000 grant received from K21 Health Foundation and a $18,750 grant from the Go Forward fund from the Community Foundation as their local match.
Interested residents are invited to provide comments regarding the park improvements either at the public hearing or by prior written statement. Accommodations for individuals with disabilities or with limited English proficiency can be requested at the contact information below. This project will result in the displacement of no individuals or businesses. Information concerning the proposed project may be obtained from:
Amanda Yaprak
Town of Mentone Clerk-Treasurer
Mentone Town Hall, 201 West Main Street, Mentone, IN 46539