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Agencies to divvy $575K for sewer upgrades throughout Armstrong County

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Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, 12:31 a.m.
 

Armstrong County plans to give out more than $575,000 to seven municipal organizations for sewer improvements as part of the state's annual community development block grant program.

Funding for the block grants comes from the state's Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), said Jenn Bellas, director of the community development division of the county's Department of Planning and Development.

“Projects have been approved, but we still have to send the plans to DCED for their review,” Bellas said.

Carmen Johnson, assistant director of the county's planning and development department, said East Franklin, Kiskiminetas, Kittanning Borough and Manor, which will collect a combined total of $331,020, are using the funds as part of several multi-year sewer improvement projects.

Those municipalities are considered entitlement communities, meaning they are economically distressed and have a population of more than 4,000, Bellas said.

“Each year, the county receives a pot of money for those specific communities to do projects that need done,” Bellas said. “We also get money from DCED for non-entitlement communities, which any organization can apply for.”

The CDBG entitlement community recipients include:

• $81,180 to East Franklin sewer tap and lateral connections at the villages of Furnace Run and Walkchalk

• $86,664 to Kiskiminetas for the Wright Road Sanity Sewer Project

• $80,889 to Kittanning Borough for the Market Street Revitalization Project

• $82,287 to Manor for a townshipwide housing rehabilitation project, and storm sewer work on Short Street.

The county plans to divide $200,114 in non-entitlement community block grant funding between three organizations, including:

• $76,850 to Brady's Bend Water and Sewer Authority for an emergency generator at the sewage treatment plant

• $79,730 to the Municipal Authority of West-moreland County for the Oakwood Avenue water line extension project in North Apollo

• $43,534 for a countywide housing rehabilitation project through the county's Department of Planning and Development.

Bellas said the communities and organizations will receive the funding during the first quarter of 2014.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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