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County Awards CDBG Funds To Shinglehouse Borough

December 9th, 2016

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Shinglehouse Borough is the winner in a competitive process to land more than $175,000 in federal funds that the Potter County Commissioners award annually to public works projects. A proposal to allot the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) revenue to support a major wastewater treatment plant upgrade in Shinglehouse was ratified this week by the commissioners after a final public hearing. Several other requests were received from across the county. Among them were wastewater treatment projects in Galeton and Roulette, water line replacement on Seventh Street in Coudersport, and handicapped accessibility accommodations at the Coudersport Borough swimming pool. None of those qualified for final consideration, based on CDBG regulations, but each of them remains in the queue for funding in 2017 or beyond.

Potter County Redevelopment Authority staff and the regional SEDA-Council of Governments are assisting the commissioners in administering the CDBG program. SEDA-COG’s Bill Seigel (left) attended this week’s meeting to conduct the final public hearing and verify for the commissioners that all of the administrative requirements had been met. Also attending were Shinglehouse Borough Council president Barry Church (right) and Redevelopment Authority member Phil Vaughn (center).

Shinglehouse has committed about $225,000 to match the county’s allotment. The borough is also seeking a separate federal grant to help cover construction, engineering and associated costs. A recent survey found that 69 percent of Shinglehouse residents fall within the government’s definition of low- or moderate-income, a figure that meets one of the many criteria to qualify for federal funds. A similar scenario unfolded when the commissioners allotted the 2015 CDBG funds. Genesee Township committed to provide local funding and was awarded a separate federal grant to make possible major water system upgrades that are now underway.

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