Greencastle looks to drain water problems

January 14, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Residents who live between South Ridge Avenue and South Washington Street may be drained of their problems if the borough receives a Community Development Block Grant.

Borough Council last week approved conducting a survey of households along the two-block stretch that's had problems with stormwater flooding for years, said Kenneth Myers, borough manager. Residents in the area often end up with flooded basements, water-logged garages, streets that look more like rivers and backyard lakes after a hard rain, Myers said.

"Some places have no pipe. Other places have a conglomeration of pipes," Myers said. "The system is greatly inadequate."

Residents should have received letters in the mail from the borough to determine whether or not their incomes qualify the borough for the grant. Fifty-one percent of the households in the area must fall under low or moderate income guidelines, Myers said.


If the borough qualifies, it could get up to $200,000. The money must be used towards an improvement project in that area, Myers said. If the borough gets the money, drainage pipes would be installed or replaced. Most of the work would be along Franklin Street, Myers said.

The grant application must be sent in to the Franklin County Commission by Friday. Communities will find out if they've received the grant sometime after Feb. 13, Myers said.

This year, Franklin County received $460,905 in federal CDBG funds which will be distributed to qualifying communities. Greencastle received CDBG funds in 1991 to replace a water main, in 1992 to build a sewer pump station and in 1995 to install handicapped access ramps on curbs at intersections.

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