Community Development Block Grant Program
The Florida Department of Commerce (formerly the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity) received an allocation of $85.82 million in federal disaster recovery funds to disperse via grant agreements to local governments in 48 counties in Florida impacted by Hurricane Irma in 2017. The City of West Melbourne was selected as a recipient of a portion of these funds through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program.
Projects Currently Receiving CDBG-DR Funds
Melbourne-Estates Drainage Improvement Project
As authorized by City Council Resolution No. 2019-17, on August 27, 2019, the City of West Melbourne applied to the Florida Department of Commerce for a federally funded grant seeking to improve the drainage in the City’s Melbourne Estates neighborhood that suffered significant flood damage during Hurricane Irma. On January 30, 2020, the City was notified of the grant award, and on August 27, 2020, the City received the grant agreement document from the Department of Economic Opportunity. On September 24, 2020, the City Council accepted the agreement and the award of $2,266,191 as presented by DEO and authorized the Mayor to sign the agreement on behalf of the City. On October 19, 2020, an authorized representative of DEO signed the grant agreement (Grant Agreement available HERE).
Additionally, the City Council approved Resolution No. 2020-17 (Resolution available HERE) for the small cities community development block grant application for the Melbourne Estates neighborhood for water main infrastructure improvements. The Grant award was in the amount of $750,000.
City staff publicly bid the project incorporating all CDBG requirements on February 16, 2022 (accessible HERE). Six potential bidders picked up the bid Packets. The public bid opening was held on March 24, 2022. The City received one bid from Young’s Communication LLC. The bid tab was designed as two separate projects to be completed at the same time in order to limit the disruption to the neighborhood and take advantage of economies of scale. Bid was as follows:
- Base Bid – Water lines Project Section C-1 thru C-39 = $2,542,219.00 (related to CDBG-NR funds)
- Base Bid – Drainage Project Section C-40 thru C-70 = $3,218,072.00 (related to CDBG-DR funds)
- Total Bid – $5,760,291
The drainage improvement project involves the construction of approximately 8,600 linear feet (LF) of new stormwater piping and associated structures in the vicinity of Bossieux Boulevard and Stephenson Drive in West Melbourne, Florida. Earthwork, minor utility relocations, and various demolition and restoration of items within the project areas (including sod, trees, driveways, pavement, etc.).
AWARD OF CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT
At their meeting on May 17, 2022, City Council authorized awarding Young's Communications, LLC. a contract in the amount of $3,346,872 for construction of the Melbourne Estates Drainage Improvement project to provide flood risk reduction for the Melbourne Estates neighborhood. The total cost for the drainage improvement portion of the project is $3,346,872 and is partially funded through a federal CDBG-DR program grant in the amount of $2,266,191.
Melbourne Estates Drainage Improvement Project Construction Contract is available HERE.
- Citizen Participation Plan
- Compliance Policy, Evaluation and Transition Plans, Grievance Procedures
- Procurement Policy
- Loan Program, Antidisplacement and Relocation Plan
- Prohibition on Use of Excessive Force
All citizens have the right to file a complaint. All complaints will be thoroughly investigated and a response will be provided within fifteen (15) business days. To file a complaint related to the Melbourne Estates Drainage Improvement Project (including for fraud, waste or abuse), you may contact the City's Capital Projects Manager at (321) 837-7759 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Citizens may also file a written complaint with the Department of Long-Term Resiliency by email at CDBG-DR@deo.myflorida.com or by mail to the following address:
Attention: Office of Long-Term Resiliency
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
107 East Madison Street
The Caldwell Building, MSC 420
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
City of West Melbourne Fair Housing information is available HERE.
The City of West Melbourne and The Florida Office of Long-Term Resiliency operate in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Law (The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988). Anyone who feels he or she has been discriminated against may file a complaint of housing discrimination: 1-800-669-9777 (Toll Free), 1-800-927-9275 (TTY) or www.hud.gov/fairhousing.
This web page is dedicated to providing current CDBG-DR project information and will be updated no less than one time per month. Most recent update: 10/27/2023.
All Request for Proposals for the City of West Melbourne (including the Melbourne Estates Drainage Improvement Project) are posted on the DemandStar system and can be accessed at www.demandstar.com.