Three recommended for block grants

HONESDALE, PA — Last week’s snowfall kept them at home, but on November 3, Starrucca Borough Council members Donald Haynes and Charles Ledchak made it to Honesdale for the county commissioners’ weekly meeting.

The pair carried the borough’s proposal for federal-state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding of $51,600 to repair the borough portion of Leech Creek Road, which it shares with Preston Township.

The commissioners last week first entertained proposals for the 2017 grant round, and Thursday’s agenda anticipated Starrucca’s proposal among the list of proposals to be recommended for formal review and grant application preparation. Approximately $194,000 is available for funding and additional proposals, including one for Wayne County, may be considered until the December deadline.

Proposals already on hand Thursday included Hawley Borough for $52,299 for repairs to Penn, Barker and Wayne streets; and Dyberry Township for $90,466 for repairs to Elk Road. Those proposals and Starrucca’s were moved forward by the commissioners.

A fourth proposal came from the county redevelopment authority, seeking funding of $27,000 to $30,000 per residence, for up to four individual home repairs. That proposal was redirected for funding under another grant program.

A grant resolution came with the commissioners’ approval of a commitment letter and grant agreement through the PA Department of Community Economic Development Trails and Recreation Program for a $169,019 tennis court project of the Wayne Highlands School District.

Another came with the commissioners’ agreement to accept a $107,000 PennDOT Multi-Modal Grant funding replacement of Honesdale’s 6th Street pedestrian bridge. The county will provide a 30% match toward the project.

In other business, the commissioners appointed Heather Hopkins to the unexpired term of Kathleen Lester on the board of the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District.

The commissioners recessed their meeting to an executive session on personnel related to the preparation of the 2017 county budget.


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