County Approves 2015 CDBG Application

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield County Commissioners approved the 2015 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement application during Tuesday’s meeting.

The county’s CDBG allocation is $242,768. After administrative costs, it’s left with $199,070 in project funding, according to Lisa Kovalick, community development specialist.

She said the county provides the funding to non-entitlement communities, which are smaller and in rural areas. This year she said the county was able to fund all of the CDBG project requests.

Kovalick said Burnside Borough requested $55,000 to assist with the purchase and installation of a generator at its water treatment plant and new water tank site.

She explained this will provide back-up electricity for its pumps and system and will give residents a reliable water system. She said the borough is also purchasing a new water meter system.

She said Chester Hill Borough returned to request $19,070 to continue repairs and improvements of several existing stormwater systems that are located along Decatur and Baker Streets.

Kovalick said the Covington, Karthaus, Girard Area Authority (CKG) requested $25,000 to provide replacement of waterlines. She said it’s to improve the capacity and provide adequate flow and pressure along Gillingham Road.

Lastly, she said Curwensville Borough requested $100,000 to assist with its streetscape project along State Street. She said its total project cost is $2,750,000.

She said the borough has a match of $500,000 in state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funds but still is still trying to get $750,000 in competitive CDBG funds and an unidentified match of about $1.4 million.

In Grampian Borough, she said the Kratzer Run Sewer Authority will use $12,530 in FY 2011 and $9,470 in FY 2013 funds to replace the existing chlorine-based distribution system at its treatment plant.

She said it will be replaced with an UV disinfectant for improved performance and elimination of the use of a chlorine treatment system. She said its total project will cost $25,600.

Also, Kovalick noted the state Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) is having counties act on behalf of CDBG entitlement communities with populations fewer than 10,000.

As a result, she said that the county will be applying for and administering the 2015 CDBG funds on behalf of both Clearfield Borough and Lawrence Township.

However, Kovalick said municipal leaders are still responsible for identifying the use of the CDBG funds. She said the county is only going to be tasked with the administrative aspect.

She said the borough is receiving $99,194 and allocating $89,274 for street improvements, sidewalks and curbing along North Third Street. She said it’s leaving $9,920 for administration.

Kovalick said the township is receiving $110,798 and allocating $99,718 to street improvements in the Kerr Addition area. She said it’s leaving $11,080 for administration.



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