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St. Marys, Force, Johnsonburg, Ridgway receive development grants


Elk County, PA – Four Elk County municipalities are being awarded funding through a grant program administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), according to state Rep. Mike Armanini (R-Elk/Clearfield).

“Pennsylvania’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is designed solely for communities with a population of less than 10,000,” said Armanini. “As these are competitive grants, I applaud our borough and township leaders for taking the initiative to pursue this funding opportunity and congratulate them for their success in the application process, which can be time consuming and arduous.”

Grant recipients are as follows:

City of St. Marys – $330,015 to provide handicap accessibility for the more than 50-year-old Boys and Girls Club building.

Jay Township (Sewer Authority) – $39,000 for a new diesel-powered generator that will service the Village of Force.

Johnsonburg Borough – $125,750 to upgrade the existing storm sewer system near West Center Street, as well as $17,594 for construction of a new parking lot for the 400 block of Second Avenue.

Ridgway Borough – $77,200 to install new curb cuts on Center Street and make existing ones ADA compliant.

Approximately 200 Pennsylvania municipalities compete for CDBG grants, which may be used for housing rehabilitation, public services, community facilities, infrastructure improvement, development and planning.

Questions about this or any legislative issue should be directed to Armanini’s DuBois district office at 1-814-375-4688 or his St. Marys district office at 1-814-781-6301.