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2012 Year Funding Cycle Begins

As in previous years, it is the intent of the Union County Commissioners to submit an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. For Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2012, Union County will be allocated $228,591.

Proposed project activities must meet one or more of three objectives: benefit low- and moderate-income persons; prevention or elimination of slums or blight; and/or alleviation of immediate threats to the health and safety of the community. Union County Commissioners are required to and will commit not less than 70% of the total funds to projects which principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons. It is the desire of the Commissioners to receive public comment on possible projects or activities including the environmental impact, the previous use of CDBG funds, and/or the County’s Three-Year Community Development Plan. Interested applicants should contact the Union County Commissioners as soon as possible for funding consideration, but in no case later than March 20, 2012, at which time a Public Hearing is scheduled.

Eligible Community Development Block Grant projects may include broad areas of housing, infrastructure, economic development and public services. More specific activities include acquisition of real property that is blighted, deteriorated, or inappropriately developed; the preservation or restoration of resources or scenic areas; the development or improvement of recreation facilities; or the guidance of urban development. Funding may also be used for the provision, extension or improvement of public works, including water, sewer, and storm sewer projects. Limited funds are available, as well, for public services, administration, and planning costs. A complete list of eligible activities can be found in Section 105(s) of the Housing and Community Development Act (P.L. 93-383) as amended.

Projects being considered for possible funding include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. 13th Street Reconstruction, East Buffalo Township

2. Black Run Road Curbcut Replacement, Buffalo Township

3. Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements, White Deer Township

A Public Hearing will be held on March 20, 2012, at 2:30 p.m., at the Union County Government Center, Lewisburg, PA. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the CDBG Program and to receive public comment on these proposed activities and/or proposals for new activities. The hearing will also include discussion of the potential environmental impacts of the proposed projects. The public is also invited to provide input into the Three-Year Community Development Plan, as well as any comments on this year’s Program or the performance of any other year’s CDBG Program.

As a result of this hearing, proposed projects will be reviewed and prioritized by the Commissioners. Elements considered in their review will include the public good and urgency of the proposed project. Projects will also be ranked on the ability of the applicant to carry out the work, the estimated budget, and the status of the local funds, if any. Additionally, every effort will be made to avoid or minimize displacement and relocation. Should any displacement be required, the applicant is responsible for replacing all low- and moderate-income housing units that are demolished or converted. Additionally, Union County plans to disclose the types and levels of assistance that they will make available to persons displaced by CDBG-funded activities, even if no displacement is expected to occur, at the March 20, 2012, Public Hearing.

The Union County Commissioners will make every effort to make all programs and activities accessible to the learning, mobility, visually, hearing, and language-impaired persons. Therefore, if you are a person with a disability and require an auxiliary aid, service, or accommodations to participate, please contact Denise Clark at SEDA-COG, 201 Furnace Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837, (570) 524-4491, or 1-800-332-6701, to discuss how Union County can best accommodate your needs.