The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Midd-West Region

March 27, 2013

Snyder County municipalities seek government grants

MIDDLEBURG — Six Snyder County municipal organizations are requesting a total of $538,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding for projects this year, but the county anticipates receiving less than half that amount.

Glenda Ruch, of SEDA-Council of Governments, outlined the municipal projects during a public hearing Tuesday in the county board’s office. The county isn’t expected to learn how much money it will receive or decide which projects it’ll support for several months.

Communities with at least 51 percent of the population in the low- to moderate-income range are eligible to apply for the federal funds. Each of the communities will be required to survey residents to confirm eligibility.

The proposals are:

- The McClure Municipal Authority is asking for $223,000 for sewer rehabilitation due to large amounts of groundwater infiltration on three streets. If the entire amount can’t be covered, the authority requests $148,000 for the sewer line at Stuck Street, which is most affected by heavy rain.

- McClure borough wants $40,000 for curb cut ramps at eight corners that have no wheelchair access.

- The Freeburg Municipal Authority is asking for $150,000 to cover a portion of the $500,000 water distribution system upgrade.

- The Middleburg Municipal Authority is requesting $64,000 to add an emergency generator at its water treatment plant. The entire cost of the equipment is $73,600.

- The Beavertown Municipal Authority is requesting $40,000 to rehabilitate a water tank that serves the borough and a portion of Beaver Township.

- Beaver Township is seeking $21,000 to purchase and install guide rails along Creek and Pine Swamp roads. The supervisors say the entire project will cost $24,300.

To fund all six projects would cost $538,000, more than twice the estimated $225,245 in CDBG funds expected to be available this year. In addition, SEDA-COG will charge the county an 18 percent administration fee, or $40,540.

Residents will have a chance to weigh in on the municipalities’ funding requests at a public hearing yet to be announced.

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