Ridgway Curb Cuts

Former Ridgway Borough Manager Paul McCurdy examines one of the handicapped-accessible crossings on Spruce Street in 2020 Photo by Brian D. Stockman

RIDGWAY--Elk County has just announced a public hearing to discuss the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program in general, the needs of Elk County and Ridgway Borough in housing, community development, and economic development, and the County and Boroughs performance under the previously funded CDBG Program years, potential competitive grant projects and to discuss the required Three-Year Community Development Plan of both governments. 
The public hearing will take place on April 27, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. at the Elk County Courthouse Annex Building, 300 Center Street, Ridgway, in Conference #2. This meeting is accessible to individuals with disabilities and persons with Limited English Proficiency. If you wish to attend and require special accommodations, please notify the Elk County Planning Department office 72 hours in advance at (814) 776-53 35 or bltaylor@countyofelkpa.com.
For the Fiscal Year 2022, Elk County is expected to receive approximately $221,000.00, and Ridgway Borough is expected to receive about $92,000.00 from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania CDBG funding. At least 70% of the available funding must be used for activities that benefit low and moderate-income persons. The proposed activities must benefit at least 51% of low-moderate income persons in the service area to qualify as a low-moderate income project. The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has not announced the application submission deadline, but it is expected to be in late October. Early planning is necessary for this process.
The following types of activities may be eligible for funding under the CDBG Program: water and sewer line replacement and improvements; housing rehabilitation; construction of affordable housing; construction/reconstruction of public/community facilities; recreational facilities; public services that are new or provide quantifiable increases in the delivery of services; street improvements; historic preservation; removal of architectural barriers; code enforcement; economic development; acquisition and relocation; clearance and demolition; and general administration, planning, audit if required, and preparation of the CDBG application.
All interested citizens are encouraged to attend and will be offered the opportunity to give oral testimony at the public hearing or to present written comments concerning the needs of the Elk County and Ridgway Borough, proposed CDBG Program activities, the prior use of CDBG funds, as well as the CDBG Program in general. Written comments will be received for ten days beginning April 28, 2022. Project applications and comments may be directed to Becki Taylor, CDBG Coordinator at P.O. Box 448, 300 Center Street, Ridgway, PA 15853, or bltaylor@countyofelkpa.com.  The application deadline for CDBG entitlement will be 3:30 p.m. on July 13, 2022.

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