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Matching Grant Awards for 2012

Fieldstone Neighborhood Council

Take a look at the street frontage beautification project that has been recently completed along SE 240th Street and 127th Place SE.  They trimmed trees, sheared shrubs, cleaned up weeds and ground cover.  What a huge difference this has made for the area.  The city contributed $891.00 and the neighborhood match was $1,087.40 with the project total cost amounting to $1,978.40.  Total volunteer hours were 65.6 and donations calculated to be $169.00. 

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Tudor Square Neighborhood Council

Barbeque anyone?  This neighborhood installed two Pilot Rock covered grills in Tudor Square Park.  The project cost is  $3,438.46 with the city contributing $1,353.00 and the neighborhood matched $2,085.46. Total volunteer hours were 77.5 and donations calculated to be $108.71. 

 

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Seven Oaks East Neighborhood Council

Have you ever driven by a neighborhood at night and you couldn’t see the neighborhood identification sign?  Now you'll never miss Seven Oaks East entrance again with this 12’ pole with an acorn light illuminating the area by their sign.  The city contributed $1,952.75 and the neighborhood matched $2,077.00.  The project total cost was $4,029.75.  Total volunteer hours were 18 and donations calculated to be $1,825.00.  

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Saltair Hills Neighborhood Council

Our most western piece of Kent has identified their corner with a new entrance sign and bench.  The project total cost was $4,705.92 with a neighborhood match of $4,113.00 and the city contributing $592.92. City of Des Moines was so kind to add a storm drain in the what used to be open ditch.  This allows pedestrians to be able to walk along the shoulder of the west side of 20th Ave. to avoid traffic in the street.  Keep an eye out this spring as you will see plants begin to appear.  Total volunteer hours were 167 and donations calculated to be $1,775.00. 

 

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Kenton Firs Neighborhood Council

Invasive plants are all over the city and Kenton Firs wants to do their part in eradicating these species in their neighborhood.  The total cost of the project was $18,613.17 with the city portion of $4,609.54 and the neighborhood match of $14,003.63. What a difference this has made not only in looks, but in safety as well.  Total volunteer hours were 740 and donations calculated to be $10,360.00.  

 

 

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Matching Grant Awards for 2011

Saltair Hills' Neighborhood Council 

The Saltair Hills' Neighborhood Council's project focused on the installation of a gravel walkway, meant provide a safer environment for pedestrians along the north side of SE 252nd Street east and west of 25th Avenue South. The City awarded $2,643.19 in grant funds with only $1,668.06 being used.   The neighborhood match was $2,954.00 for a grand total of $4,622.06.   With 211 volunteer hours to complete the project.

  

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Mill Creek Neighborhood Council 

   

The Mill Creek Neighborhood Council now has close to eighty homes with plaques identifying the year homes were built, the original builder/owner and the Mill Creek neighborhood along with the second edition of "A Community of Unique & Historic Homes" book available for purchase at the Kent Historical Museum.  The City awarded $2,099.66 in grant funds with a neighborhood match of $4,237.73 for a grand total of $6,337.39.  161 hours of volunteer time put into this project with $1,973.23 of in-kind donations. 

   

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Misty Meadows Neighborhood Council 

The Misty Meadows Neighborhood Council spruced up two of their neighborhood entrances. The south entrance is located at SE 231st Way and the north entrance is at SE 228th Place, both off of 132nd Avenue SE. The City awarded $3,727.33 in grant funds, with a match of $9,554.30 from the neighborhood.  The total cost of the project was $13,281.63 which includes over 282 hours of volunteer time.

 

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Kent West Hill Neighborhood Council 

The Kent West Hill Neighborhood Council added eight more vandal-proof mailboxes, serving 75+ residents, throughout their neighborhood located east and north of Reith Road, west of Interstate 5, and south of 516. The City awarded $10,286.64 in grant funds, with a match of $10,804.20 from the neighborhood totaling $25,732.28. To date, over 300 residents have participated in these community mailboxes and 556 hours of volunteer time to complete the project. This has helped to reduce phone calls made to the police for mail theft.

 

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Tudor Square Neighborhood Council 

The Tudor Square Neighborhood Council, after not having entrance signs to identify their neighborhood for more than 20 years, made it a priority to build the columns for both new signs that were just recently installed. The City awarded $5,108.92 in grant funds with only $4,539.03 being used.  The neighborhood match was $7,842.79 for a grand total of $12,381.82.  179 volunteer hours put into this project with $3,173.79 of in-kind donations.  One has been placed at the southwest corner of 114th Avenue SE and SE 269th Street. The other is located at the southeast corner of SE 269th Street and 108th Avenue SE. 

 

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Matching Grant Awards for 2010

Lakes Kent Neighborhood Council

The Lakes Kent Neighborhood Council had a playground with many damaged parts that were unsafe for children. The City awarded $9,000.00 in grant funds, with a match of $22,933.02 from the neighborhood totaling $31,933.02.  199 hours of sweat equity volunteer time.  Through the neighborhood's community effort, and lots of planning and communication, new play equipment was installed in their local park. The Lakes at Kent park is just off of Lakeside Drive just north of S 237th Place. Stop by and take a look.

 

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Lake Meridian Neighborhood Council

 

For the Lake Meridian Neighborhood Council, the Meridian Belle has been a landmark used since 1970 at the 4th of July Splash, a platform for dragon boat races and other community events on the lake. Over the years the Meridian Belle became unsafe, so the residents decided to revive her into what today is the Meridian Belle II. The City awarded $15,000.00 in grant funds, with a match of $16,191.63 from the neighborhood totaling $31,191.63.  Over 375 hours of sweat equity volunteer time.  Keep an eye out for her as you enjoy some time out at the lake.

 

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Highland Crossing Neighborhood Council 

The Highland Crossing Neighborhood Council made a big difference in the frontage of their retention pond along 120th Avenue SE, just north of SE 244th Street. The City awarded $1,718.43 in grant funds, with a match of $1,718.44 from the neighborhood totaling $3,436.87.  They removed invasive grass and withered plants, and replaced them with slow-growing, neat and tidy plants to make this frontage a lot more attractive. 

 

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Seven Oaks East Neighborhood Council 

The Seven Oaks East Neighborhood Council was tired of looking at their dreary common area, so they snapped into action. With a little elbow grease, teamwork and time they were able to bring life back to this quaint natural area. Pulling weeds, adding new plants and bark made all the difference.  The City awarded $465.00 in grant funds, with a match of $889.34 from the neighborhood totaling $1,354.30 and 33 hours of volunteer time.  The common area is located in Seven Oaks East on SE 260th Place and 120th Place SE.

 

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Kent West Hill Neighborhood Council 

The Kent West Hill Neighborhood Council continues to build their neighborhood pride. One of their main goals was to reduce crime by installing community vandal-proof mailboxes in various locations within their neighborhood. The City awarded $10,000.00 in grant funds, with a match of $10,487.19 from the neighborhood totaling $20,487.19.  Over 676 hours of sweat equity volunteer time.  Their continued efforts working with the United States Postal Service, along with 128 residents in the community, show just how people can pull together to make a difference.

 

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Tudor Square Neighborhood Council

The Tudor Square Neighborhood Council had a broken and dilapidated fence along 114th Avenue SE between SE 267th Street and SE 269th Street. This is near one of their main entrances, and something which residents and local business completely rejuvenated. The City awarded $8,283.08 in grant funds with only $8,243.94 being used.  The neighborhood match was $7,056.50 for a grand total of $12,315.03.  Sweat equity volunteer hours were 434 with $5,258.53 of in-kind donations.  This fence is now aesthetically pleasing to the eye. 

 

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Matching Grant Awards for 2009

Mill Creek Neighborhood Council

The Mill Creek Neighborhood Council knew their neighborhood had some history in the City of Kent. Mill Creek decided to place historical plaques on homes identifying the year it was built and its original name. The homes participating in this neighborhood project range from 40 to 100 years old. The City awarded $2,360.00 in grant funds, with a match from the neighborhood of $4,422.97.  This match includes cash donations and 237 volunteer hours of sweat equity.  The total project cost was $6,782.97.  An informational book is available to view at the Kent Historical Museum, as well as in the City of Kent's Neighborhood Program Office. There is also a self-guided walking tour map to direct visitors through the neighborhood.

 

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Meridian Glen Neighborhood Council

The Meridian Glen Neighborhood Council was tired of overgrown grass and weeds at the entrance of their neighborhood. After multiple meetings and neighbors' generous contributions, the entrance went from drab to fab!  The City awarded $369.56 in grant funds, with a cash match of $445.00 from the neighborhood.  The total project cost was $814.56.  Just by removing the grass and weeds and adding a layer of bark, this entrance has a new look. This neighborhood is located just south of Kent-Kangley at 137th Avenue.

 

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Saltair Hills Neighborhood Council 

 

The Saltair Hills Neighborhood Council decided that communication within and identification of their neighborhood were their most important issues. Through the Matching Grant Program, Saltair Hills built an informational kiosk and cleared a hidden brick wall in order to add an entrance sign with landscaping. The City awarded $3,464.38 in grant funds with only $3,159.59 being used.  192 hours of sweat equity went into this project which the final cost was $5,655.59.  Ongoing volunteer time for maintenance of the area and posting information on the kiosk will continue.  Take a ride to South 252nd Street and 25th Avenue South to see how this neighborhood made a difference in their community.

 

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Highland Crossing Neighborhood Council 

The Highland Crossing Neighborhood Council wanted to spruce up the Public Right-of-Way frontage along 120th Avenue SW, south of SE 240th Street.  The City awarded $1,791.75 in grant funds with only $1,758.91 being used.  A match from the neighborhood of $2,141.71 which includes mostly cash and only 9 volunteer hours.  The scope of work involved the removal of grass, weeds and a dead tree. Landscaping the area with a new tree, a pre-emergent and beauty bark thoroughly changed the look and feel of the entrance to their neighborhood.  

 

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Kent West Hill Neighborhood Council 

The Kent West Hill Neighborhood Council took a bite out of crime by installing nine community vandal-proof mailboxes. They worked hard with the United States Postal Service to re-route all mail routes for over 1,100 homes. Imagine the involvement of neighbors, and the time this took. The City awarded $11,961.18 in grant funds, with a match from the neighborhood of $18,165.00 totaling $30,126.18.  Sweat equity added up to over 1,387 in volunteer hours.  A vandal-proof mailbox for this neighborhood is located on the south side of 252nd Street between 42nd Avenue South and 43rd Avenue South. This is just one location of the nine.  

 

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Greenfield Park Neighborhood Council

 

The Greenfield Park Neighborhood Council turned a vacant lot into a recreational area open to the public. This area consists of a barbeque platform, picnic tables, benches, and a gated area to allow dogs to run freely, with a future spot for a half basketball court. The City awarded $3,010.10 in grant funds with only $2,605.86 being used.  A match from the neighborhood of $4,449.61.  Total cost of project was $7,055.47 with 141 volunteer hours. The location for this neighborhood is north of South 270th Street and west of 28th Avenue South. Keep your eyes open as this project continues.

 

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Matching Grant Award 2008

Canterbury Neighborhood Council

The Canterbury Neighborhood Council was the first to receive a Neighborhood Program Matching Grant award for an entrance sign, lighting and landscaping. The grant amount received was $536.06 with a match of $816.00 from the neighborhood, totaling $1,355.06. The project is located on the northeast corner of SE 248th Street and 100th Avenue SE. The City of Kent rolled out the Neighborhood Program in August of 2006. One of the requirements of the program is for residents to organize their neighborhood and become formally recognized as a neighborhood council by City Council. 

 

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