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Wayne stimulus for community projects

Honesdale Borough to follow county lead

By TOM KANE

HONESDALE, PA - Funding from President Obama’s stimulus package, which will grant $113,790 to Wayne County, will be spent on several community projects that are part of the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program.

The funding will come to the county through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) passed by Congress.

“The county will receive $80,320 and Honesdale Borough will receive $33,470,” said Jackie Young, director of the Wayne County Redevelopment Authority. She addressed the Wayne County Commissioners at their meeting on May 28.

Because the redevelopment program is already in place, the commissioners decided that the municipalities that requested funding through CDBG last January and were awarded on partial grants, will be fully funded.

One of the county’s allocations will be used to pay for construction in the court house building to meet the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act, which will cost $26,526; another will be for a water and sewer project for Habitat for Humanity costing $12,000; and a third is for paving in Clinton Township, which will cost $35,369.

The redevelopment authority will receive a percentage of the funding for management of the project.

The Honesdale Borough allocation will pay for the erection of guardrails on Carroll, Vine and Hillcrest streets and the completion of the borough’s storm water project on 15th Street, again as part of the CDBG program.

“We have 120 days to get applications in,” Young said. “After approvals, each project will have to go to bid.” The money will come after the projects have been completed.

The purpose of the CDBG program is to fund activities that benefit communities that are comprised of at least 51 percent low- and moderate-income families. The CDBG funds traditionally originate in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and come through the state.

As part of the CDBG program, municipalities must survey their neighborhoods to see if the 51 percent rule applies. If it does, the project qualifies.