Planning commission hears requests

LEWISTOWN – The Mifflin County Planning Commission held its first public hearing for allocation of Mifflin County’s 2013 Community Development Block Grant funds Thursday at the Mifflin County Courthouse.

The Planning Commission heard six proposals for potential projects across the county.

The purpose of the hearing is to provide representatives from various county municipalities, non-profit organizations and engineering firms the opportunity to present information on their specific proposals that have been submitted to the county for consideration for the 2013 CDBG program.

The County’s application will be submitted to Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development in the second or third quarter of this year.

The Commission said it is anticipated that the county will receive a 6 percent increase of funds due to Superstorm Sandy. Last year’s funds were $218,556 and this year’s funds are expected to be $231,669.

At least 70 percent of the CDBG funds must be used for people of low to moderate income.

Three national objectives for CDBG funds are to: eliminate slum or blight; meet an urgent need defined by the community; and identify projects that meet the 51 percent moderate income.

Applications for CDBG funds include:

SEDA-COG Housing Development Corporation requested $150,000 for phase two of the Mann Edge Terrace project.

Borough of Juniata Terrace requested a total of $211,800 for sanitary sewer slip-lining project and a stormwater project.

Mifflin Juniata Dental Clinic asked for dental equipment purchase worth $8,107.50.

Mount Union Municipal Authority requested $43,640 for the replacement of water distribution system in Wayne Township.

The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Lewistown asked for $52,000 for a public water expansion for Armagh Township.

Armagh Township requested $81,400 for the Oak Street Stormwater Improvement Project.

The planning commission took no action at this hearing and will have another public hearing scheduled to be announced at a later date. The next regular Mifflin County Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. June 17 at the courthouse.