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Connellsville residents still have chance to submit ideas for CDBG funding

Although nobody showed up Friday at the second public hearing to offer comments concerning use of grant money for the City of Connellsville, residents still have a chance to voice their opinions in writing.

Michael Edwards, executive director of the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority, said the first required public hearing for input on how to spend $288,311 in Community Development Block Grant money was in July.

Project ideas are submitted to the redevelopment authority by local organizations, city departments and residents.

For the 2014 grant submission, the city is allocated $288,311, but after administration costs would only receive $236,703.

“On Aug. 4, we submitted our list to city council,” Edwards said.

Of the 12 projects council received, the following were chosen to be funded by CDBG money:

• $100,703 for road reconstruction for East Fayette Street, East Gibson Avenue and Penn Street.

• $70,000 for residential property demolition.

• $25,000 for various projects at the 12th Street Park.

• $25,000 for floor replacement and heating at the Connellsville Senior Center.

• $16,000 for code enforcement.

Council is expected to vote on the projects during its regular voting meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“I’m so glad they’re finally getting it done,” said redevelopment authority board member Marilyn Weaver of the three-month process to get the council to vote on the projects.

Edwards said the city may not receive the money until the summer months, since they didn’t receive the money until May of this year from last year’s application.

Edwards said residents still have time to submit any suggestions to the authority by Monday at 124 W. Crawford Ave., Connellsville, PA 15425.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or [email protected].


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