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Chambersburg council allocates block grants

March 24, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council voted Monday night on how it will allocate $282,752 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds.

The council approved $105,000 to the borough for reconstruction of Elder and Oak streets. That was $45,000 short of the borough's request, which also would have paid for work on Burkhart and Conner avenues.

The council approved the full $60,000 request by the borough to fund its housing rehabilitation program for low- and moderate-income homeowners. The borough also was granted $26,500 to make more curbs and sidewalks handicapped accessible.

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The Chambersburg Hispanic/American Center was given one bricks and mortar grant of $37,000 for the second of three installments on its purchase of a building on South Main Street and a public service grant of $19,000 for GED and after-school programs. The public service grant was less than half the $41,780 the center requested.

Franklin County Legal Services asked for $17,087 for outreach programs targeting the Hispanic community and was approved for $12,000.

Another bricks and mortar grant of $5,252 went to Downtown Chambersburg Inc. for preservation work at the Capitol Theatre.

The borough's request for $26,500 for sidewalk and curb repairs was turned down, but council Vice President Robert Wareham said that will be considered for funding through excess block grant funds from other projects or repayments from homeowners to the housing rehabilitation program.

The Chambersburg Recreation Department did not get $25,000 it requested for the West Washington Street Playground. Capital project requests of $25,697 by the YMCA and $18,000 by Maranatha, a nonprofit Christian human services organization, were turned down.

Building Our Pride in Chambersburg was allocated $10,000 of the $17,000 it requested for youth programs. The Escape Parent/Child Center got $8,000 of the $15,000 requested for child abuse prevention.

Public service project funding requests by the Boys and Girls Club, Chambersburg Community Improvement Association and Maranatha were turned down.

Requests totaling $517,464 were considered by the council, Borough Planner Gary Norris said.

The council approved a resolution outlining how it expects to spend the block grant funds over the next three years. Norris recommended $50,000 a year each for public service projects, housing rehabilitation and handicapped accessibility; $25,000 for historic preservation; and $100,000 for public works.

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