Box 15, Folder 4, Document 11

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MINUTES
GRANT REVIEW BOARD
DECEMBER 31, 1968
The City of Atlanta Grant Review Board met in the office of the Director of
Governmental Liaison at 9:30 a. m. on December 31, 1968, to review the
Atlanta Model Cities Program application to the U. S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development for Supplemental Funds. In attendance were:
Dan Sweat, Director of Governmental Liaison, Chairman,
Grant Review Board
Collier Gladin, Planning Director, Member, Grant Review
Board
George Berry, Deputy Comptroller, Member, Grant
Review Board
Johnny Johnson, Director of Model Cities
George Aldridge, City Planner
Carl Paul, Deputy Director of Personnel
Jay Fountain, Senior Accountant
The Grant Review Board discussed with Mr. Johnson several major points of
. concern, primarily procedures for approval by responsible City departments
and agencies; administrative organization; .a nd personnel requirements.
In view of the complexities of the Model Cities Program and the need for full
understanding by all responsible City officials, the following concensus of the
Grant Review Board membership is hereby presented:
The Mod e l Cities Program as established by the President and Congress of the
United States is perhaps the most comprehensive and optimistic grant-in-aid
program ever offered to America's cities.
The concept and intent of the Model Cities Program is good. It provides for th e
legally responsible local governing authority to exercise its authority and
influence in demonstrating bold new techniques of urban planning and development.
It provides maximum opportunity for real involvement and participation by
citizens of neighborhoods in the planning and execution of programs whic h effect
their daily lives.
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And it promotes coordination among local, state and national agencies and
departments of the limited resources which are available.
The successful planning and e x ecution of a Model Cities Program can be a
valuable experience for any city in its search for orderly and timely solutions ·
to its multitude of urban problems.
Atlanta's City Demonstration Agency has attempted to meet the challenge
and intent of the Model Cities legislation.
Citizens of all six neighborhood areas encompassed by Atlanta's Model Cities
Program were actively involved in organizing and planning for Model Cities
more than a year in advance of the beginning of the City's formal planning stage.
Local, state and federal public agencies and numerous private groups
participated in the preparation of the required planning grant application.
The Mayor and Board of Ald e rmen endorsed and supported the planning effort.
The Model Cities planning staff worked long and hard to prepare the documents
necessary for successful funding of the first year program.
The final documents detail a bold and innovative plan of attack on the major
problem areas in the Model Cities neighborhood. The Model Cities staff
has made an admirable attempt to live up to the concep!: of the 1v!or:! ,,.l Cities
. program. To a great e x t e nt they have met both the needs and wishes of the
citizens of the area and the requirements of planning and administration of the
City and federal gov ernments.
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The Model Cities Program also places on all City depa rtments and agen cie s
the requirement for cooperation, coordination and approval of program
c ompone nts.
The r e a r e indicatio n s that t h is requi rement has not been m e t .
Wher e it h as n o t do n e so , each departme n t a n d age n c y i s obligate d to revi ew
a nd pass on t he specific compon ents of the p r og r am w hich assig n s e x ec u t i on
re s pons ibilit y to tha t d e p art ment .
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Each committee of th e B o a r d of A ldermen s h oul d r e v i ew a nd a p prove / di s approve
each progr a m component whi ch falls w i th i n t h e r e spon s ib ility a n d a uthority of
the committee.
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The Planning a n d Development Committee should e x erci s e its re s ponsibility
for overall plann ing of the cit y by reviewing the Model Cities plan and making
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the determination as to the compatibility of the Model Cities Program
with overall city plans.
The Finance Committee should determine the financial feasibility of the
program and the capability of the City to meet the requirements placed
upon it by the program.
The full Board of Aldermen should carefully consider the priorities involved
in the Model Cities execution, its impact on the area served and the entire
city as well.
The Grant Review Board believes these approvals should be given before
_Aldermanic sanction is granted.
We feel that if the provisions of the Model Cities application are understood
and accepted before final approval is granted a much stronger program will
result.
It should be understood that this is not intended as criticism of the planning
grant document or the work of the Model Cities staff, but is an effort to gain
full understanding and support of the strongest program in the best interest
of all citizens of Atlanta.
It is therefore recommended that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen require
written acceptance or denial of each component of the Model Cities plan by
the d epartments and agencies responsible for the exe cution of each component
befor e final approval of the grant application is given.
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E. H. Underwood, Member

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