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Everson awaits word on CDBG application

| Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008

Everson Borough Council submitted an application for 2008 Community Development Block Grant funds, will submit a liquid-fuels funds request, and is awaiting word on a new borough truck.

Council President Mike Banaszak reported the CDBG application was submitted last month, and the borough should hear something by April.

The CDBG program was developed through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1974 to help low- and moderate-income residents. The state administers the federal money through its Department of Community and Economic Development.

"We should hear something by April," Banaszak said, adding that the borough has normally had no success and no funds received from the program in past years, "but we'll see."

Banaszak said he's more hopeful the borough will receive liquid fuels money. The deadline to apply is May 1.

Banaszak said the borough has been successful receiving liquid fuels money in the past when listing it needed money for its general road maintenance fund. Council plans to list the need on this year's application, too.

Council is awaiting word on a new truck for the street department. An application to the Ford Motor Company's credit program was submitted.

In other business:

= Banaszak said plans for the Veterans Memorial Project through the Everson Civic Organization are coming together. Groundbreaking is planned for sometime in March. The dedication is scheduled for May 17, with commitments from the Southmoreland High School Band along with state lawmakers. Everson Mayor Tim Shoemaker said they are also trying to raise an additional $4,000 to extend the back wall of the memorial.

= Street Department Director Marty Adobato said he received complaints of potholes in front of residences, but he will have to wait until the weather is appropriate to fill with a hot-patch material. He said the cold-patch material is too temporary and not feasible.

= The 2008-2009 Everson Municipal Office Directory is now available at the borough post office.

= Scottdale Public Library is holding free tax preparation every Wednesday through April 9. Those wanting to take advantage of the program, however, must meet income and age qualifications and must contact the library at 724-887-6140 to make an appointment.

= Shoemaker said the borough will participate in the National Association of Town Watch's National Night Out on Aug. 5, adding that there were 120 participants in the borough last year.

= Everson Evangelical Church will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 1, with a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children. Attending the dinner will be families who participated in missionary work in Bolivia and Hungary.

= Any Everson resident currently a freshman attending a university is eligible for the Robert C. Edwards scholarship program, with a deadline of May 2. For more information, contact Kathy Zaffina at 724-220-2405.

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