Franklin County holds meeting on allocation of block grants

September 20, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners last week held a public hearing to consider requests for funds from the county's allocation of federal Community Development Block Grants.

The county allocation in 2011 is $354,236, while the 2010 allocation was $465,822 and the 2009 allocation was $412,417.

According to a news release, the county's 2011 amount is on par with what it received in the early 1990s.

Phil Tarquino and Dan Wolfe of the Franklin County Planning Office presented recommendations to the commissioners. Each of the recommendations is a continuation of programs previously allocated block grant funds.

The recommendations include:

  • Quincy Township (Pa.) Municipal Authority — $91,074, to be used to complete the installation of a water line on Furnace Road in Quincy Township. The project was started in 2007.  
  • Washington Township — $75,000, to be used to continue the installation of a sewage line on Calimer Drive and Old Forge Road. The project was started in 2010.
  • Indian Lake Camp Corporation (Village of Fannettsburg) — $75,000, to be used to continue Phase 5 of the camp water system upgrade. The project was started in 2001.
  • Peters Township — $50,000, to be used to continue removal of septic tanks and installation of grinder pumps in the village of Upton. The project was started in 2010.

Administrative costs in the allocation represent about 18 percent of the total.

"These projects will have a lasting impact on several of the communities in Franklin County, both from a public safety and a community development point of view," Commissioners Chairman David Keller said in the release.

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