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Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Program (GIP) funding provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support long-term mitigation efforts by assisting the State of Florida and its local governments in minimizing or eliminating the risks and reducing losses from future disasters. This program is being administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) thru the Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Program. A total of four hundred seventy-five million dollars ($475,000,000.00) in funding has been allocated by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) for the Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Program. The funding will be allocated through three separate funding cycles which will be held over a three-year period with the first funding cycle, to have applications due in DEO on or before September 14, 2020. The amount of funding available in the first GIP application cycle is one hundred fifty million dollars ($150,000,000.00). Eligible types of projects are those that demonstrate increased community resiliency. Examples of some of the types of projects encouraged by DEO are as follows:

· Restoration of critical infrastructure (such as water and sewer facilities, streets, removal of debris, drainage, bridges, etc.).

· Renourishment of protective coastal dune systems and state beaches.

· Building or fortifying buildings that are essential to the health, safety and welfare of a community (this can include police stations, fire stations, parks and recreational centers, community and senior centers, hospitals, clinics, schools and educational facilities, other public properties).

· Rehabilitation or construction of stormwater management systems.

· Improvements to drainage facilities.

· Reconstruction of lift stations and sewage treatment plants.

The City of Waldo anticipates applying for a total of two million six hundred forty-eight thousand three hundred dollars ($2,648,300) in funding through the CDBG-GIP General Infrastructure Program.

Activities that are typically eligible for funding under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program as well as specific additional activities as outlined in the State of Florida CDBG-MIT Action Plan for the program are eligible projects if no other funding is available to meet the need. Applications are due in DEO no later than September 14, 2020.

The City of Waldo anticipates submitting applications for the following infrastructure:

Structure Name Project Location CDBG Funding

Project Administration N/A $185,000.00

Engineering/Architecture N/A $398,300.00

Sanitary Sewer Collection

System & Water Treatment Plant

Hardening Program City of Waldo $2,065,000.00

TOTAL $2,648,300.00

Any resident wishing to know more about the proposed project should contact Ms. Kim Worley, City Manager, at (352) 468-1001 or by e-mail at kim@waldo-fl.com. Information relating to the proposed project and application can be accessed on the City of Waldo website located at (https://waldo-fl.com). Comments from the public must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2020. All comments will be considered and proposed changes will be submitted to DEO. Information relating to the proposed project and application is available for review between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the City of Waldo, City Hall located at 14450 NE 148th Avenue, Waldo, Florida 32694-4123.

Any non-English speaking person wishing to provide a response to this public notice should contact Ms. Kim Worley, City Manager at (352) 468-1001 or at email (kim@waldo-fl.com) at least five calendar days prior to September 11, 2020 and a language interpreter will be provided.

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Welcome to the City of Waldo, Florida

Waldo, a small town in North Central Florida with old Florida natural beauty and new opportunities waiting. Waldo has a rich history, it was founded in the 1820’s, and established as a City in 1859. Waldo once boasted the Railroad that brought tourist from all over to stay at one of the Resort Hotels, enjoy the Opera or Theatre, baseball games, paddleboat cruises on Lake Alto or hunting and fishing. A series of disastrous freezes that laid havoc on the areas horticultural assests, a downtown fire, the depression and the decision to move the Railroad operations out of Waldo put an end to town’s tourism and trade.

Today the old red caboose on display in the city park holds the key to Waldo’s past. It is the symbol of the town’s rich history and serves as a reminder to its community that Waldo remains a great place to live and to raise a family. Waldo offers new comers the charm of a small town with the benefit of living in Alachua County with its numerous resources and advantages. It’s prime location – easy driving distance to Gainesville, Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa. Excellent business corridor. Vacant lands on US Hwy 301 and US Hwy 24 with utilities available, some with railroad access. Waldo is a diamond in the rough. Undiscovered area of Alachua County with unlimited possibilities primed for developers – commercial and residential. Come visit or contact us and let’s talk about the future.

“The City of Waldo is a Fair Housing Advocate.  If you feel you have been discriminated against, you may file a housing discrimination complaint at:1-800-669-9777 (Toll Free) or 1-800-927-9275 (TTY) or locally, Kim Worley, City Manager at (352) 468-1001 or by email at kim@waldo-fl.com

 “The City of Waldo is an Equal Employment Opportunity Advocate. If you have any questions about equal employment opportunities or feel you may have been discriminated against, you may contact Kim Worley, City Manager at (352) 468-1001 or by email at kim@waldo-fl.com

“The City of Waldo is a Section 504/ADA Compliant Advocate.  If you feel you may have been discriminated against, you may contact Kim Worley, City Manager at (352) 468-1001 or by email at kim@waldo-fl.com