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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Potter County: Public Meeting On County’s ‘Block Grant’ Set April 13

Potter County Commissioners will hold the first in a series of public meetings for input on how to expend the county’s annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) at 6 pm Wednesday, April 13, at the Redevelopment Authority office at 109 Market Street in Coudersport. These meetings typically attracted borough and township officials seeking to develop public works projects that comply with the strict standards covering this federal grant program. The county’s CDBG allotment has typically averaged about $200,000 annually.
One recent success story is a pending upgrade to the public water system serving the village of Genesee. The commissioners provided $216,000 in CDBG funds that Genesee Township was able to leverage for additional support. A subsequent $680,000 federal grant was the final funding piece that needed to fall into place to launch the nearly $1 million project to increase water capacity, quality and pressure, while improving public safety. Its major elements are development of a new water source and increased storage capacity. Potter County Redevelopment Director Joe Pagano worked closely with Genesee Township officials in developing the funding package and pulling together the many entities needed to make the long-awaited project a reality. Local contribution will be about $100,000. About $76,000 will come from the Genesee Water Authority, which derives its revenue from water customers, and about $20,000 worth of in-kind services are being provided by Genesee Township.

Details on Potter County’s 2016 CDBG allotment will be discussed at the April 13 meeting, Additional meetings will be scheduled for public input and a proposed spending plan will also be subject to a public hearing. For more information, call 814-274-7031, extension 5.