CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has informed Franklin County that its share of Community Development Block Grant funds will not be less than the $402,000 it received for 2008 and it could be much higher depending on what is in the federal stimulus package now before Congress.
Any additional money, however, could come with additional strings that could tie the hands of the Board of County Commissioners.
On Thursday, the board reviewed the applications for CDBG funding totaling $1.2 million, including a $750,000 request from Mercersburg, Pa., to replace water and sewer lines and the sidewalk on East California Street. Dan Wolfe of the county Planning Department said the request is for the funding to be spread over three years.
Wolfe also said Mercersburg will be seeking a competitive CDBG grant directly from DCED, a separate pool of which municipalities can apply. The county's CDBG funding is an annual entitlement.