The legislature set aside $46.5 million for ten flood recovery projects and a new state panel just reviewed eight of the proposals.
The new I-JOBS Board will meet Monday in Cedar Rapids and is expected to release the money for at least seven of the projects.
The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids would get $10 million dollars. Another $10 million would go to build a new "Human Services Campus" in downtown Cedar Rapids for 10 nonprofit agencies.
The other $25 million would be split equally among five projects, like rebuilding the Cedar Rapids Public Library; restoring the Paramount Theater; constructing a new building for Linn County that would house agencies like the V-A and rebuilding the Public Works Building that houses the mechanical and electrical systems for the City of Cedar Rapids. The fifth project would help move more customers off the downtown Cedar Rapids steam system that was heavily damaged by last year’s flood.
The City of Elkader submitted its plan for building a new fire station, but the I-JOBS Board asked the city to provide more details for spending the half a million dollars that’s set aside for the project.
The legislature also set aside a million dollars for building new fire stations in Palo and Charles City, but neither of those cities have submitted formal applications for the money. September 1, 2009 is the deadline for getting those applications filed.