The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 14, 2013

Study could lead to grant for Danville flood system repairs

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

DANVILLE — Members of Danville Borough Council voted to pay for an engineering feasibility study in the hope of receiving a grant to repair seven areas of Danville’s flood protection system.

The design work, by Larson Engineering, is estimated at $26,500, which the borough will have to pay upfront and is not reimbursable.

The grant application needs to be received by July 30.

The grant could amount to $50,000 to $500,000, council members learned Tuesday night.

Council Vice President Bill Rogers urged the council to approve the study because the flood budget fund has in excess of $30,000.

Public Works Superintendent John Hack said he understood that if the grant wasn’t approved this year, the borough could re-submit an application for the following year. He said money for the grant comes from funds related to natural gas exploration.

Seven areas would be eligible for funding. The grant application requires the engineering feasibility study.

The areas include Sechler’s Run pumping station, Blizzard Run, both sides of A Street, a drainage ditch at Blizzard’s Run and the headwaters of Sechler’s Run,  Hack said.

The grant, if received, would require a 15 percent local match.

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