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Franklin Co. selects projects for grant funding

February 19, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Projects in Greencastle and Orrstown were selected by the Franklin County Commissioners for 1999 Community Development Block Grant funding, but the county will allocate $168,000 in unused funds from 1996 for six other projects.

The commissioners Thursday announced the county will give $186,500 to Greencastle for a storm water project and the same amount to the Orrstown Water Authority for its water system.

The county will retain $81,162 of the $454,162 in federal funding for administration and planning purposes, according to Community Planner Phil Wolgemuth.

Greencastle's $1 million storm water project is designed to reduce flooding along South Carlisle Street and U.S. 11 at a railroad underpass.

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"This will finally help us get the project off dead center," Greencastle Borough Manager Ken Myers said.

The problem has existed for years, causing flooding "to a depth of four feet in some places," Myers said. Heavy rains often close U.S. 11 at the underpass.

The borough and Antrim Township are seeking funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and other state sources for the project, according to the county. Additional block-grant funding is expected over the next two years.

Orrstown's grant will help pay for a $296,000 project that includes water lines and a 200,000-gallon water storage tank to serve 125 customers, according to Wolgemuth. The authority has received $80,000 in block-grant funding in previous years and will contribute $16,000 to the project.

The borough will get $13,500 in unused 1996 funds to complete funding for the project.

Orrstown gets its water from Shippensburg, Pa., but there are frequent service interruptions, a problem the project is designed to correct. County Commissioner G. Warren Elliott said it will mean adequate water capacity for emergencies, such as fire fighting.

The Dry Run Water Association will get $70,000 from unused 1996 funds toward a $1 million project that includes waterlines, a treatment plant, meters and, eventually, a storage tank. The Fannett Township community had received block grants totaling $625,500 in previous years and the state has committed $220,500 to the project.

Projects receiving 1996 funds include the following:

* Mid-Atlantic Coalition for Housing Opportunities - $42,500 for sewer tap fees on a 16-unit low- to moderate-income townhouse complex in the Sheffield Manor development in Waynesboro, Pa. Wolgemuth said the total project cost exceeds $1 million.

* The Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center - $14,300 toward a $36,000 project to make the county nursing home's main entrance handicapped accessible.

* Financial Counseling Services of Chambersburg - $12,500 for its $377,000 Total Person Transitional Housing program. Executive Director Natalie Newcomer said the money will help meet the local match for a U.S. Housing and Urban Development grant.

Newcomer said the three-year program will help teach child care, budgeting and other life skills to at least eight families.

* Occupational Services Inc. - $12,500 toward the purchase of a van to transport mentally retarded people from Waynesboro to its facility in Chambersburg.

Commissioner Cheryl Plummer said the 1996 funds were originally allocated for a countywide housing rehabilitation program. She said the county later decided the money could better be spent on programs to help more low- and moderate-income residents.

The federal funds must be spent within three years, she said.

Among the project requests not funded was $125,000 for the Mont Alto Water Authority for a new well site.

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