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Municipal programs receive grant funding

April 05, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council has allocated $164,435 of community development block grant funding to municipal programs in a year when officials said no community organizations applied for money.

Waynesboro's allocation, down 1 percent from 2006, was open to groups seeking to rehabilitate housing or provide public services.

"It's not unusual that no one applied," Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said. "It's more unusual when they do."

The council on Wednesday earmarked $40,451 for downtown revitalization, $94,386 for street rehabilitation and $29,598 for administration.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development distributes CDBG money on behalf of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Allocations are based on factors including income, blight and emergencies.

In other business, the council launched the process to redesignate the stretch of Pa. 997 that provides a thoroughfare between Waynesboro and Maryland.

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In 1955, the road to the borough line was named State Road, but signage and conversation since has added "State Hill Road" and "State Road Hill" into the mix.

The U.S. Postal Service uses "State Hill Road," the council's street committee reported. The fire department has "State Hill Road" in its run books, Waynesboro Fire Chief Ron Flegel said.

The council will advertise and eventually consider an ordinance setting the road name as State Hill Road.

"I just hope a lot of people don't have the wrong address on their driver's license and insurance," Mayor Richard Starliper said.

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