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Franklin Co. Commissioners allot $465,000 in block grants

Applications were received for $2 million worth of projects

May 04, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. -- The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners on Tuesday pared down grant requests and awarded money for several projects in the county.

The commissioners received applications for $2 million worth of projects, but their allotment of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money for 2010 is $465,000, county officials said.

Dan Wolfe from the Franklin County Planning Office suggested some of the projects be divided over several years so their 2010 amount would be lower. The commissioners agreed with his recommendations and announced funding as follows:

o $55,000 for the Indian Lake Camp Corp. to complete a water system upgrade for the mobile home community

o $75,000 for Quincy Township to continue extending public water service along Furnace Road

o $100,000 for Greencastle (Pa.) borough to create curb cuts on Madison Street. Another $30,000 for a sewer project in the borough

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o $100,000 for the Washington Township Municipal Authority to install sewer lines on Calimer Drive and Old Forge Road

o $50,000 for Peters Township to replace an inefficient pump and septic tank system in Upton

Not granted was a request from Dry Run Water Authority for $63,000 to cover cost overruns on a water system upgrade and $750,000 over three years for Mercersburg borough to upgrade East California Street.

Wolfe said the county would work with some of the applicants to find alternate sources of funding.

"Although the (Mercersburg) project needs to be done, it only benefits six families and we just don't have the funding to help them. ... The state wants you to benefit at least 100 families," he said.

For most of Franklin County, federal CDBG funding is funneled through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to the commissioners, who divide the dollars among projects. The boroughs of Waynesboro and Chambersburg are so-called "entitlement communities," meaning their borough councils receive funding directly without involving the commissioners.

Grant recipients thanked the commissioners for their support.

"Like all municipalities, we're struggling to make ends meet from a revenue standpoint," Greencastle Borough Manager Ken Womack said.

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