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
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.