Council Puts Community Grants in the Hands of Parks Commission

Janie Costa/TurlockCityNews.com

The City of Turlock has begun to devote duties the Turlock Chamber of Commerce was previously charged with as part of the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) agreement to other entities following a lengthy discussion on Tuesday night deciding who would administer community grants.

CVB, which has been ran by the Turlock Chamber of Commerce, previously created a community committee to appropriate money from the Community Grant Program to community organizations, such as for Fourth of July fireworks or the Downtown parades.

However, with the Chamber submitting their 90-day contract termination with the City of Turlock for CVB services, they are no longer handling the bids for this year.

On Tuesday, Turlock City Council unanimously approved to appointing the Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission (PARC) to administer the 2015 Community Grants Program, although not without a long deliberation.

Council had the choice between appointing PARC or the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Committee, whose members were appointed earlier in Tuesday’s meeting, to administer the funds.

That decision, however, was made somewhat more convoluted as some grants needed approval as soon as possible.

The California State University, Stanislaus, who often receives grants as part of the program was in need of two $5,000 grants for two upcoming tournaments they are hosting in Turlock — including their “Tournament of Champions” softball tournament planned for March 27 to 29.

“I became aware today that CSU Stanislaus critically needs to know what their grant request will receive,” City Manager Roy Wasden said on Tuesday.

The University relies on grant funds from the City of Turlock to help host the tournament, which brings 24 teams to Turlock. Those teams stay in Turlock hotels and eat at Turlock restaurants, according to CSU Stanislaus Associate Athletic Director Kim Duyst.

“It’s a great tournament,” said Duyst of the softball tournament. “Teams love to come…They love coming to Turlock.”

Without the grant funds this year, Duyst said that the tournaments would still take place, although the University would possibly lose money due to added costs. Additionally, future tournaments would be at risk if grant funds were not available to the University.

Council unanimously voted to appoint PARC to administer the community grant funds, however due to the immediate need of CSU Stanislaus, Council will vote on select, time sensitive grants at the special meeting on March 17.

In addition to the already complicated vote, Councilmember Matthew Jacob suggested an amendment to the motion, which was approved on a 4-1 vote with Councilmember Steven Nascimento dissenting, to give Council the final approval of the grants. 

Comments 9

  1. New Era says:

    Councilmember Nascimento is angry and is not going to play ball. His days are numbered as well as others who continue to cause static for this City and our Mayor. Gary, it’s time to clean house and be rid of those who lie, hide facts and information from you. We will stand behind your actions and would welcome the cleansing!

  2. Guest says:

    Amen to that New Era. The old regime would not be transparent and funnel money throug the Chamber. And they would hide money in the budget. Money that should have been going to police and fire. Mayor Lazar was a pathetic leader that left no legacy for Turlock in all of his 18 years of public service. Bring back Curt Spycher.

  3. USDA Gary says:

    Why would turlock appoint Gary as mayor? Maybe because of his USDA connections and the fact that the USDA is behind govt farmer welfare checks called farm aid. Turlock is run by farmers who sucking california dry.

    Prepare for the next economic downturn while you can.

  4. Joe B says:

    People who cannot understand the difference between an appointment to an office, and being elected to hold office should not be commenting on politics.

  5. Joe b says:

    Thinks elections mean something ROFL. People without a fundamental understanding of what government is should not comment like joe b. Gary was chosen. Gary was appointed. Gary is a financial warlord.

    Joe b thinks secret ballot elections are trust worthy. But who actually counts? Not joe. Joe is another mouth breather from turlock. Nuff said.

  6. Joe B says:

    People who find a conspiracy in everything, especially things like small town politics, should be committed.

    “Nuff said”

  7. Joe b says:

    Illustrates his ignorance again. Yes, use violence and imprisonment for those that do not agree with your perspective. Which is exactly what government does.

    You must be a government employee… Or a fascist.

    Nuff said

  8. Joe B says:

    Using rhetoric and conspiracy theory to rebut your belief in conspiracy theories? Interesting strategy.

  9. Joe b loser says:

    Must be a government employee because his arguments are weak and can only win through the threat of violence. And not just a government employee, but a knuckle dragging mouth breathing government employee of Turlock.

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