CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- There were fewer applicants for less money Thursday as the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners held a public hearing for its 2008 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
The Metal Township Municipal Authority, Quincy Township and the Val-Med Center in Dry Run, Pa., were the three applicants for the $402,000 available this year to the county for projects to benefit low- and moderate-income communities and the disabled. No representatives from any of the applicants were at the hearing.
As in recent years, the applicants reflected the commissioners' preference for bricks-and-mortar projects. Two of the projects are previous recipients of CDBG grants from the county.
"The idea is to make these outer communities more habitable" by improving sewer and water systems, Commissioner Bob Thomas said. Encouraging development where public utilities are available can discourage sprawl, he said.