Decatur council hears grant details

    What’s needed, how to plan for it and present it, and numerous other aspects of a bid for a Stellar Communities grant was unveiled for Decatur City Council at its meeting on Tuesday night.
    Kristi Sturtz, who has been hired by the city to guide it through the bidding process for the grant, gave considerable details to the council and Mayor John Schultz. Sturtz owns Sturtz Public Management of Fort Wayne, a company she started some 10 years ago and which now has three full-time and three part-time employees, one of whom is Suzanne Moorman, a former Decatur resident and businesswoman.
    The Portland native has previously guided similar grant bids by Auburn and Portland, the latter making it to the final six a year ago. Sturtz is being paid $8,000 to help prepare a letter of interest, and an additional $10,000 if the city gains a finalist position and then needs a strategic investment plan.
    The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and Indiana Department of Transportation combine resources to help communities with major projects. A city selected for a Stellar Communities grant may receive $13 million to $20 million.