Jefferson County Takes Over Punxsy CDBG Program, Approves CDBG Grants

Jefferson County Flag LogoBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – In order to meet new state requirements, Jefferson County will now serve as the administrator for Punxsutawney’s Community Development Block Grant program.

Jefferson County Commissioners Paul Corbin, James McIntyre, and Jeffrey Pisarcik July 15 approved a cooperation agreement between the county and the Borough of Punxsutawney for the administration of the borough’s CDBG program.

The borough previously served as its own CDBG administrator. Jefferson County Director of Community Development William Setree said the change is required by the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

“DCED now requires municipalities with a population of 10,000 or (fewer) to have its CDBG program administered by the county. Apparently they had too many contracts to handle and weren’t getting things accomplished due to regulations,” Setree said.

Reynoldsville Sewer Replacement Project

Jefferson County will be providing the Borough of Reynoldsville with funding from the CDBG program for a sewer project.

The commissioners approved using $103,500.00 of CDBG funds for the Worth Street Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project.

Setree said the money will come from the 2014 CDBG program funds, and the borough will also provide $11,500.00.

“We’re designing the project now, and it will go to bid soon. We just got our 2014 CDBG applications and now we’re putting an agreement in place to proceed with the project,” Setree said.

The commissioners also approved a consulting engineering service agreement with Gwin, Dobson, and Foreman, Inc. for engineering services for the project at a cost of $20,000.00.

Setree said this cost will be paid for from the $103,500.99 of CDBG funding.

Young Township Funding

Young Township will also receive CDBG funding for a street improvement project.

The commissioners approved an agreement to provide the township with $90,401.00 of CDBG funds to carry out the Village of DeLancey – Doby Road Street Improvement Project.

Setree said this will also use 2014 CDBG funds.

“It will continue to be funded in 2015 with approximately $90,000.00 as well,” Setree said.

About The CDBG Program

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is an entitlement program in which funds are awarded to municipalities by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) directly or through the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Develoment (DCED).

The primary purpose of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are to benefit low-to-moderate income persons.

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