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Four Franklin County agencies receive grant money

February 16, 2001

Four Franklin County agencies receive grant money



By STACEY DANZUSO/ Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Commissioners approved grants for four local agencies Thursday, primarily to improve residential access to water.

The grants were approved for:

-- The Mont Alto Municipal Authority, $200,000 for water system upgrades.

-- Indian Lake Camp Corp., $100,000 for water upgrades in Fannettsburg, Pa..

-- South Central Community Action Programs, $70,000 for housing rehabilitation.

-- Quincy Sewer Authority, $44,000 for tap fee and hook-up subsidies.

The commission also agreed it would give the Indian Lake Camp Corp. $100,000 in grants in 2002 and 2003 to continue the upgrades.

For 2001, the county had $482,978 in Community Development Block Grant funds to divide between six local agencies that requested more than $929,472 in aid, said Phil Wolgemuth, Franklin County planner.

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The applications were rated on a 100-point scale based on the seriousness of the problem, how it would benefit low-income residents and how it fit in with the county's comprehensive plan, Wolgemuth said.

"It's difficult for a small municipality to comply with regulations, and this is a big help," said Maurice Gossert, an engineer for the Mont Alto Municipal Authority. "It's wise of the county to put an emphasis on providing clean water."

A representative from SCCAP was also at the meeting to express his appreciation of the grant.

SCCAP had asked for $138,000 to start a housing rehabilitation program for low- income residents modeled after a similar program in Adams County. The $70,000 the commission approved is enough to rehabilitate six homes.

"This is a great start. We will use this quickly and hopefully be back asking you for more money," said John McPaul, Housing Rehabilitation Coordinator for SCCAP.

He said the agency is receiving requests from residents for assistance. The money can be used anywhere in the county except Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Pa., and Shippensburg, Pa., which give out their own grants under separate entitlement programs.

Franklin County Commissioner G. Warren Elliott pointed out that the planning staff cut the administrative costs by 4 percent this year, freeing up an additional $12,000 - or the cost to rehabilitate one house - for the organizations.

Two requests, one from Franklin-Fulton Counties Mental Health/Mental Retardation for $193,0000 for services for older adults at risk, and the second from the South Central Community Action Programs for $13,472 to fund an emergency services aide, were not funded.

The commissioners have specific objectives when allocating CDBG funds, including projects that direct system improvements and development toward existing communities, public facility projects that address sewer and water needs on a regional basis, affordable housing projects and architectural barrier removal projects that improve handicapped-access to public buildings.

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