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Community Project Funding Requests FY 2022

Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations Community Funding Projects

For the first time in over a decade, I am able to submit funding requests for individual projects, called Community Funding Projects (CFP) requests, to the Appropriations Committee to benefit communities in my congressional district. This process will ensure that Members of Congress, not Washington bureaucrats, have the opportunity to potentially direct aid to eligible and deserving projects.   

GUIDELINES FOR THE FY2022 COMMUNITY PROJECT FUNDING MEMBER REQUEST PROCESS

  • For most accounts, projects must be able to be completed in one year. The federal fiscal year 2022 begins on October 1, 2021, and all funds must be spent by October 1, 2022. Requests cannot be made for multi-year funding.
  • Eligible applicants are states, cities and municipalities, and non-profit organizations. For-profit companies are not eligible to apply.
  • Several federal programs require a state or local match. To be considered under those programs, applicants must have a plan to meet matching requirements. Applicants are not required to have the matching funds on-hand at the time of the request.

TRANSPARENCY

All Members of Congress are required to post all Community Project Funding requests submitted to the committee on their website. The posting must include the name of the proposed recipient, the address, the amount of the request, and an explanation of the purpose and justification for the use of taxpayer funds. I also must certify that I nor any immediate family member do not have a financial interest in the project.

Requested Projects

Project Name: Coos Bay North Jetty Root & Truck Major Maintenance Construction and Monitoring
Request Amount: $32.72 million
Intended Recipient: US Army Corps of Engineers, Coos Bay Project at Port of Coos Bay
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 125 W. Central Ave; Suite 300; Coos Bay, OR 97420
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request:
The purpose of this project is major root and truck maintenance construction and monitoring along the Port of Coos Bay’s North Jetty. The Coos Bay North Jetty is losing approximately 20 feet every year and has receded more than 750 feet since it’s construction. Not only does this cause dangerous conditions within proximity of the bar, it undermines the jetty’s primary function, which is to protect the channel, and ensure efficiency in the dredging cycle. Lack of funding for this project not only puts mariners in harm’s way, it impedes the U.S. Coast Guard’s ability to carry out search and rescue missions. The deterioration of the North Jetty at the Port of Coos Bay also puts hundreds of millions of dollars of current and future non-federal investments at risk. Full funding for this project will not only improve safety conditions, it will help maximize investments and economic opportunities for the area. Oregon ports are the economic drivers in rural Oregon, supporting thousands of jobs and bolstering local economies.

Project Name: Coos County Emergency Radio Communications System
Request Amount: $231,000
Intended Recipient: Coos County
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 250 North Baxter Street; Coquille, OR 97423
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds): 

Coos County is requesting $231,000 to support their emergency radio communications system. Beginning several years ago, the County’s 911 system started failing on a regular basis, leaving fire, medical, and police responders without radio communications. There have been instances where officers have been confronted with weapons and were unable to call for backup, and instances where pagers did not alert fire responders to an active call. In October of 2019, the entire system was inoperable for a period of about 36 hours. The County was unable to make repairs due to the manufacturer no longer supporting the system, as well as the scarcity and expensive nature of required parts, so it has determined that replacement is the only option. Funding options for the system replacement were exhaustively researched, and while the County moved forward with a local option tax, certain costs were not covered by the Statement Of Work for the levy, or became apparent after analysis and study. Accordingly, the County is requesting funding for the following: $84,000 for power options (batteries) for several sites; $91,000 for construction and installation of a new communications tower; $36,000 for wireless communications infrastructure for Coos Bay and North Bend; and $20,000 for fiber-optic cable.

Coos County’s 911 radio system supports dispatching and tracking of all local first responders in the area, including 7 police agencies, 16 fire agencies, the Coos Forest Protective Association, the county roads department, and 2 rural ambulance companies across four dispatch centers. A failing communications system puts citizens in danger of not receiving fire, police, or emergency medical services, and responding personnel would be placed in harm’s way without being able to call for support. This project will prevent future failures of the system.

Project Name: Port of Brookings Harbor Wastewater Treatment Plant
Request Amount: $3.5 million
Intended Recipient: Port of Brookings Harbor
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 16330 Lower Harbor Road, Brookings OR 97415
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request:

The purpose of this project would be to help construct a new wastewater treatment plant owned and operated by the Port to serve businesses, governmental, and residential customers. Additionally, the Port of Brookings Harbor has a fish processing plant supporting more than 60 high paying positions, other entities, and a residential and commercial marina. The surrounding area’s population is growing quickly, all of which supports the economic region. The state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant would improve compliance with state and federal clean water standards, returning environmentally safe effluent into the water cycle, and provide new capacity for the growing region. It will also build resilience against natural disasters. The Port’s strategic plan is supported by state and county partners. Oregon ports are the economic drivers in rural Oregon, supporting thousands of jobs and bolstering local economies.

Project Name: Rural Community Health Clinic for Cottage Grove, OR
Request Amount: $1.5 million
Intended Recipient: Lane County
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: East 8th Ave, Eugene OR 97401
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter 
Explanation of the request: The purpose of this project is to establish a Federally Qualified Health Center in Cottage Grove to better serve this community. South Lane County is designated as a Health Professional Shortage Area for primary and dental care. The proposed area to be served includes two of Oregon’s highest need primary care service areas as identified by the Office of Rural Health. This clinic will play a major role in providing access to comprehensive primary care, reproductive health, integrated behavioral health, and full service oral health services for children and adults. Patient-centered primary care teams will also address social determinants of health such as transportation, housing, medication assistance, and care coordination. The clinic will provide access to 5,000 patients and will employ more than 22 individuals when fully staffed. The clinic will also provide medical career and technical education in partnership with the South Lane School District and Lane Community College.

Project Name: Fuel Reduction Efforts in Forested Areas in the Greater Springfield Area
Request Amount: $200,000
Intended Recipient: Willamalane Park and Recreation District
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 250 S. 32nd St., Springfield, OR 97478
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request:
In September of 2020, southwest Oregon faced one of the most devastating wildfires in its history. The Holiday Farm Fire devastated communities along the McKenzie River and came within about 6 miles of Springfield’s Thurston Hills Natural Area and surrounding communities. Had the fire reached Springfield, the losses would have been even more catastrophic. This project’s purpose is to use funding for fuel reduction efforts in forested areas in the greater Springfield area. Decades of fire suppression and the ecologically productive climate in the Willamette Valley has led to an overabundance of fuel loads on Springfield’s urban periphery and the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). Robust funding of fuel treatments would provide the catalyst needed to initiate treatments in areas not previously treated. This vital work would result in more manageable projects that could be done on an annual basis with existing resources, operating budgets, and leveraging on-going funding.

Forest management and fire suppression efforts are essential for southwest Oregon, especially as wildfires are increasing in both quantity and severity each year. This funding would potentially help to save lives, property, and other vital resources.

Project Name: McKenzie River Restoration Project
Request Amount: $2 million
Intended Recipient: McKenzie River Trust
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 120 Shelton McMurphy Blvd., Suite 270, Eugene, OR 97401
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request: The funding would be used for floodplain restoration and site improvements on Finn Rock Reach, situated in the middle reach of the McKenzie River. Floodplain restoration in strategic areas can attenuate the risks to water quality, provide greatly improved habitat for threatened and endangered fish and wildlife species, and provide resilience to wildfires.

In September 2020, the Holiday Farm Fire burned within the requested project restoration area, burning over 170,000 acres (over 20%) of the middle portion of the McKenzie Watershed and destroyed over 400 homes, increasing risk of flooding, landslides, erosion, and debris flows for years ahead. These impacts affect the immediate community as well as the security of the water supply for residents downstream in metropolitan Springfield and Eugene, OR.  The fire has made expedited restoration in this area an immediate need. It is important to note that the McKenzie River is the sole source of drinking water for the City of Eugene, OR.

Project Name: Eugene Civic Park community facility improvements
Request Amount: $1 million
Intended Recipient: Eugene Civic Alliance
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: Eugene Civic Alliance  2077 Willamette Street  Eugene, Oregon 97405
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request:
Eugene’s shortage of athletic facilities inhibits its ability to host sports events and tournaments, preventing our community from fully accessing the growing sports tourism industry. The purpose of this project is to execute capital improvements, including excavation, a new retaining wall, and pad for bleacher seating, for the historic Civic Stadium to expand that capacity. To deliver this project, Eugene Civic Alliance will remove the Civic Stadium’s existing wall, damaged by a fire that destroyed the historic Civic Stadium in 2015, stabilize the hillside, and install 1,000 bleacher seats. Completing Civic Park and the grandstand will provide a space for Eugene to host not only youth sports tournaments, sports camps and clinics, but also community festivals and similar events. These events will boost our local economy by attracting out-of-town visitors and increasing traffic to local businesses. This project will help bring spectator sports back to Civic – supporting the local economy while providing residents the opportunity to enjoy a game or an event in their beloved park.

Project Name: Aviation Professional Pilot Improvement Project
Request Amount: $497,000
Intended Recipient: Lane Community College
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 4000 E 30th Ave Eugene, OR 97405
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request:
The Lane Aviation Academy (LAA) currently provides commercial pilot, remote pilot, and aviation maintenance training. To keep up with industry demand and keep southwest Oregon students competitive, LAA needs additional aircraft, aircraft avionics, and other industry expected new technologies. The purpose of the Aviation Professional Pilot Improvement Project (APPIP) is to improve the quality of training and maintain accessibility of LAA’s commercial pilot programs by providing new and enhanced training for LAA students, help LAA maintain current student cost rates, and streamline training for students, saving them time and money. This would ensure our community members have access to high-quality training, and LCC is able to provide those community members high-quality training.

Project Name: Crisis Respite Center
Request Amount: $1 million
Intended Recipient: Benton County
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis, OR 97333
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request:
According to Benton County’s Criminal Justice Assessment that was conducted in 2017, a Crisis Respite Center is a significant missing element in the community and recommended the establishment of such a center. The purpose of the project would be to transform the existing Board of Commissioners/Administration office into a Crisis Response Center to serve individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis. It would provide stabilization services, in-patient options, as well as linking patients to community-based treatment options. The center would also provide relief to the local emergency room and the county jail, which has very limited capacity.

Project Name: Southtown Permanent Supported Housing Project, Project Turnkey
Request Amount: $3 million
Intended Recipient: Corvallis Housing First
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 2311 NW Van Buren Ave. Corvallis, OR 97330
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request:
The purpose of this project is to develop additional and better-suited units of Permanent Supported Housing (PSH). The project recipient is Corvallis Housing First – they strive to provide solutions to homelessness, specifically focusing on providing housing and case management services for individuals experiencing homelessness. Many of the people they serve have experienced chronic homelessness, have a disability or substance use disorder, and are vulnerable. Currently, they offer 39 units of supported housing in Corvallis, but, as experts in the community, their estimates show that between 150 to 200 individuals are in need of this resource in our community. Corvallis and Benton County are at the top of the list in Oregon for rent burden, they also have a very low vacancy rate, and few services that can provide the housing and supports these folks need. Corvallis Housing First recently purchased a property, an old Budget Inn, as well as over a half-acre of land that is appropriately zoned and near services to best serve people in need of PSH. This recent purchase, combined with the funding from this project, offers a very unique opportunity to develop additional housing that is appropriate, accessible, and healthy. Corvallis Housing First can also add additional units to the current site that would go far in meeting the need for PSH in the Corvallis area.