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Local governments agree on block grant changes

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Local governments have agreed to spending changes stretching over four years of Community Development Block Grant allocations.

Because of the latest revisions, Antis Township will have access to $260,883 for street and drainage repairs along North Fourth Street and Blair Street. That was achieved by reassigning and combining CDBG funds from three fiscal years.

Grant Administrator Trina Illig, who administers the CDBG program on behalf of Blair County, monitors annual grant allocations made available through the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development.

Illig also tracks how the money is spent and files required reports with the state.

Commissioners voted this week to approve CDBG revisions based on Illig’s recommendations that were subject to review by local governments and the subject of recent public hearings.

They are as follows:

2015 CDBG grant — Allocate $26,672 to housing rehabilitation efforts in Frankstown Township. The money was originally designated for structure demolition.

2016 CDBG grant — Allocate $84,843 for street and drainage improvements along North Fourth Street and Blair Street in Antis Township. That money was initially set aside for housing rehabilitation.

2016 CDBG grant — Allocate $27,237 to housing rehabilitation efforts in Franks­town Township. That money was originally designated for structure demolition.

2017 CDBG grant — Allocate $110,186 to housing rehabilitation work in Duncansville. That money was originally set aside for street improvements in Duncansville’s East End.

2017 CDBG grant — Allocate $83,777 for street and drainage improvements along North Fourth Street and Blair Street in Antis Township. That money was previously set aside for housing rehabilitation.

2018 CDBG grant — Allocate $92,263 for street and drainage improvements along North Forth Street and Blair Street in Antis Township. That money was previously designated for housing rehabilitation.

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