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Block Grant spending is outlined

April 01, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - About one-sixth of Martinsburg's Community Development Block Grant funding for the upcoming fiscal year will be spent on projects that will benefit children and battered women in need of shelter, according to a draft copy of the plan.

The bulk of the money will be used to continue replacing an old bridge on East John Street - a $128,400 project - and installing new sewer lines along East John Street and South Water Street - a $165,711 project.

The city will receive $465,139 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. At least 70 percent of the funding must be used to help low- to moderate-income residents.

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Other proposals are:

· Spending $25,000 to improve Martin Luther King Jr. Park on West Martin Street.

· Giving $10,000 to the Martinsburg-Boys & Girls Club to help replace its kitchen.

· Providing $7,200 to the Shenandoah Women's Center to replace a furnace, and an additional $10,800 to replace windows at the shelter for battered women and children.

· Setting aside $25,000 for emergency housing repairs.

More than $93,000 will be spent on administrative costs.

Copies of the draft plan are available at the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library, the county courthouse and City Hall.

A public hearing on the draft plan will be Thursday, April 14, at 6 p.m. in City Hall. City Council members will either accept or reject the plan at their May 12 meeting.

Although the $10,000 allocation will not completely pay for a new kitchen at the Boys & Girls Club, Stefani Pierson said the funding could be used to obtain additional matching grants.

Installing a commercial kitchen at the club likely will cost between $40,000 and $50,000. The club's existing kitchen contains many items donated over the years, Pierson said.

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