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Franklin Co. grant requests far exceed funds

January 27, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Community Development Block Grant requests to Franklin County will be almost twice the amount of money available this year, according to a Planning Office employee.

Topped by water projects, requests totaled $858,011, Community Planner Phil Wolgemuth said Monday.

The county's allocation for 1999 is $454,162, he said.

The Orrstown Borough Authority wants $200,000 to upgrade water mains and to construct a 200,000-gallon storage tank, Wolgemuth said.

Authority secretary Louise Lynch said Orrstown is served by Shippensburg's water system. Breaks in an old line serving Orrstown result in periodic losses of service, she said.

Design Engineer David Goodwin said the project will cost $296,000. The system serves 125 connections and money "has been trickling in for several years," Goodwin said.

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"The project will hopefully be done this year," he said.

Dry Run in Fannett Township wants $122,000 for its water system. Gloria Doyle, secretary for the Dry Run Water Association, said it serves about 90 customers.

The association got $75,000 from the county last year, according to Wolgemuth. The association's design engineer, Angelo Tesoriero, said the request, if granted, won't cover the whole project.

The cost of lines, meters and a treatment plant is $726,000, he said. Doyle said the association has applied for a low-interest state-backed loan to cover the balance. Tesoriero said the project calls for a storage tank at a later time.

The Mont Alto Water Authority has asked for $125,000 for a new well site. Authority Chairman Robert Rock said the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has mandated it have an alternative water site with a capacity equal to its current sources.

Rock said the authority needs a well capable of producing 140,000 gallons a day for more than 600 customers in the borough and Quincy and Guilford townships.

The project cost is about $285,000. Rock said the authority will request $125,000 this year and next and pay the balance of the cost itself.

Storm water problems in Greencastle cause frequent flooding of U.S. 11 at a railroad underpass. The borough has asked for $200,000 to solve the problem, according to Borough Manager Ken Myers.

Myers estimated the cost at $1 million with about three-quarters of a mile of storm water pipes and basins from Windsor Street to near the underpass.

The borough will ask the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Antrim Township and other state sources for additional funding, Myers said.

Six public service agencies, including the Cumberland Valley Mental Health Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Legal Services Inc., are asking for $211,000 for building renovations and expanded program services.

Wolgemuth said the projects are being ranked. He said the main purpose of the grants is to benefit low-to-moderate income residents.

"Infrastructure has been a priority for us for a number of years," County Commissioner Bob Thomas said Tuesday.

He and the other commissioners had not seen the requests as of Tuesday. A public hearing on the requests is scheduled for Feb. 4.

"If someone can't turn on their tap and get water, or get potable water, or if they can't flush their toilets, then those things demand our attention," County Commissioner G. Warren Elliott said.

Wolgemuth said $373,000 will be directly available for projects. The county will use $81,000 for administrative costs, including studies necessary for some of the projects.

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