Sewer, water projects awarded block grants

February 14, 2003|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County awarded about $450,000 of the 2003 Community Development Block Grant for water and sewer projects in Quincy Township, Pa., Fannettsburg, Pa., and Mont Alto, Pa.

The Board of Commissioners approved the funding, which is federal money administered through the state Department of Community and Economic Development, on Thursday and will send its recommendations to the state next month.

County Planner Phil Wolgemuth said the county set the goal a few years ago to focus on water and sewer issues and has put the majority of the more than $4 million it received in grants over the last nine years into these type of projects. The commissioners will re-evaluate that next year.


"Our goal is eventually to focus the money on community issues. But the commissioners took the stance we had to start from the ground up," he said.

Wolgemuth anticipates the county's next step will be to focus the funding on housing rehabilitation.

The federal objective of the program is to assist low- to moderate-income residents.

Wolgemuth said the county doesn't have the exact figure yet of this year's allocation, but he estimates it will be around $485,000.

Of that, the county will use 10 percent for administration, which is below the 18 percent it is allowed to.

The county fielded five requests totaling $670,000 for the funding.

Last month the Franklin County Planning Department recommended:

  • Quincy Township receive $200,000 to help residents pay the tapping fee for its new $11 million sewer system.

  • The Mont Alto Municipal Authority is slated to get $136,500 to develop an additional well source and a water storage tank to bolster its existing supply.

  • The Indian Lake Camp Corp. in Fannettsburg will receive its third annual $100,000 installment to build a water storage tank and upgrade distribution lines for the Fannettsburg community.

"I think we're investing wisely on a few large projects, where the money impacts whether or not the projects are done," Commissioner G. Warren Elliott said.

In addition to approving the grant recommendations Thursday, the commissioners approved a resolution to apply for an additional $471,000 in state funding for the Quincy Township sewer project to assist low- to moderate-income residents with their connection fees.

The project is expected to be completed this August and residents will have 60 days to connect.

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