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Grants could fund future projects in Blawnox

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Blawnox officials are in the early stages of discussing future projects that could benefit from Community Development Block Grant funding.

Next year, Blawnox will be eligible to receive county funding through the program. Pre-applications are due May 24, and full applications are due by July 22.

Borough engineer Gordon Taylor of Senate Engineering said now is the time to start thinking about how that money could be used.

“You should start thinking about some of the pre-applications you want to prepare,” Taylor said.

Borough manager Sherry Kordas said about $20,000 should be available for the borough, That is down from $25,000 that previously was available.

“They decreased it because of reduced funding,” Kordas said.

To receive funding, officials must have a project to submit. The community is eligible to receive funding every other year. Money from applications submitted this summer would be received in 2014.

“Next year is our year to get that $20,000,” Kordas said.

Kordas said officials have ideas for some projects but are open to others. They would need to be cost out in order to be included in the application, she said.

“If there are paving projects, we need to identify those,” Kordas said.

The borough has had success with block-grant funding in the past.

A water tower on Carla Drive was demolished with funds from the program.

The program also has funded upgrades to the lights at the ball field.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or

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