Waynesboro Borough Council allocates state grant money

March 02, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH


Acknowledging it has denied past requests for financial assistance from New Hope Shelter, the Waynesboro Borough Council decided Wednesday to allocate $7,290 of grant money to the shelter for 2006.

The council divvied up the rest of its $166,806 of Community Development Block Grant funding to street rehabilitation, downtown revitalization and administration.

While earmarking approximately $90,000 for streets and $41,000 for downtown revitalization, council members remarked that it can adjust the allocations at any point throughout the year.


CDBG funding is provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is primarily geared to improving the living conditions of low- to moderate-income residents.

New Hope Shelter asked for $3,800 for two washers and dryers, $2,000 to fund half the cost of an electrical system upgrade and $1,490 to enhance the telephone system.

It was the only request from the public this year.

Councilman Charles "Chip" McCammon recommended allocating $10,000 to the shelter "because we haven't given them anything but problems" before.

The council fulfilled the original request and recommended the shelter request additional funds later in the year.

Last year, the council rejected the shelter's request for $3,000 to build a smoking deck. Since then, the shelter's day-to-day operations are being managed by a different staff, and it has been significantly renovated.

Waynesboro receives CDBG funding each year as an "entitlement community" because the town center zone meets the slums and blight stipulation in the grant program.

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