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South Greensburg on easy street for getting grant funding

| Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

South Greensburg will have an easier time using money from a federal program to pay for street work.

Borough officials learned this month that the entire community is considered low-to-moderate income under the Community Development Block Grant program.

Federal officials determined 48.68 percent of residents meet income guidelines; more than the 47.99 percent cutoff for eligibility, borough officials said.

“The big thing that's happening is the classification of the borough of South Greensburg as low- to moderate- income ... and we don't have to do a survey,” Councilman Tom Yarnell said.

Previously, borough officials needed to survey residents' income in involved work areas to determine whether they met the guidelines.

To be eligible, the assessment needed to show at least 51 percent of residents in the work area fell into the income classification.

The program operates in three-year cycles.

Between 2015 and 2018, the borough expects to receive $73,863. That's up from $57,695 received the last cycle.

Borough officials said they can use the money all at once or spread it out over three years.

During a meeting Monday, council asked its engineer to determine costs for work on three roads, Secretary Lee Kunkle said.

One is Huff Avenue, from the American Legion post to Ashland Street, and from Cedar Street to South Greensburg Community Park.

The other two are Sheridan Avenue, from Ashland to Pine Street, and Jamison Avenue, from Pine to Oak Street.

Council approved changing zoning for 20 Huff Ave. from a one-family residential district to a general commercial district.

Dr. Dennis Kreinbrook bought a home at the property with plans to use it for Kreinbrook Psychological Services, borough officials said.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or