•Approved doling out $60,000 to the Volunteers of America/Crossroads Homeless Shelter.
Each year, the city obtains federal dollars called Community Development Block Grant funds.
Block grant funds are designed to boost quality of life for individuals in low- to moderate- income households.
A year ago, city officials gave the homeless shelter $65,000. The shelter uses the funds for general operations, including providing shelter to those who don’t have a home.
Commissioners also approved spending $35,500 for a consulting firm to oversee the city’s block grant program through 2018 and $12,000 to implement a housing program where residents can file discriminatory complaints against landlords.
It’s estimated the city will receive $700,000 this year in block grant funds.
•Applied for a $42,500 state grant to build a boat dock off River Avenue near Pipe Creek.
The dock would complement a new boathouse built by Sandusky Bay Rowing Association members.
A dock would help club members ease their boats into the water.
•Spent $27,600 on a device to detect leaks in water pipes.
The device “is able to pinpoint the location of the leak,” Sandusky engineer Aaron Klein said. “This keeps crews from chasing leaks, which saves valuable time and resources. The more crews have to chase the water main, the longer you spend on the job site and the more material it takes to repair the trenches created by investigative exploration”
•Accepted a contract for yard waste, maintaining the monthly rate at $11 per customer. This is the same rate from a year ago.