Going after grants
McAdoo consultant to seek funds for street paving.
McADOO — Borough council members are going to look into paving streets with the help of a consultant.
Tuesday night, council voted unanimously to hire Greg Gulick, of G&R Consulting, Mountain Top, to help them develop a street improvement program that will be based on a grant Gulick will obtain.
First, council will make a list of streets they think need to be done and send it to Gulick. Whatever roads are ch o s e n , a re p r e s e n t a t ive from the state Department of Transportation “will have to look at the list, too,” Gulick said.
Gulick was provided with a map of borough streets. Council members will look at the streets with Gulick and his engineer in the near future.
“We will come down and see( the streets ),” G ulick said. “I will need for your guys to take a look at these roads, and let me know (which streets they want done). Before we pave any roads, do you want the water lines re placed, or the g as lines replaced? I need to know your account rep for the water and gas companies.”
Gulick will apply for multiple g rants, if necessary. He explained to council how the grant or grants will work.
“The minimum g rant is $100,000, and you will need a 30 percent match,” Gulick said “We will price $1 million of roads, if you want, whatever roads you want done. Give me 10 or 15 roads, we will price them and get back to you. We will decide which ones are the worst.”
The grant will be from the 2017-18 g rant cycle, which hasn’t opened up yet, Gulick said.
“If we apply for $1 million, we might get $500,000, o r may b e $ 1 mi ll i o n , ” h e said. “You might get $300,000 from one grant, and we can get another grant. If we had a $3 million (program), they will fund project in phases, and you could do $1 million this year.”
If the borough were to apply for a loan for its 30 percent, liquid fuel money can be used to pay of f the loan, Gulick said.
“Whatever we apply for, you will have to show a bank statement showing you have the 30 percent match, or a letter from your bank that the borough can have access t o th i s mo n e y, ” h e sa i d . “Without showing you have the funding, they will not award the grant.”
Council questioned Gulick if Americans with Disabilities Act handicapped-accessible sidewalk ramps will be required if streets are done. If the street is on or intersects with a state road, the corner ramps will be needed. If the street does not have sidewalks, the ramps are not required.
“Storm water drainage, that’s going to be up to you guys,” Gulick said. “You’re talking big bucks there. You might get the money to pave 12 roads, but if you do the stormwater, you may be able to do only five.”
On another matter, council unanimously approved a stor mwater mana g ement ordinance to indicate if any pollutants are being emptied into the watershed, which drains into the Chesapeake Bay.
“It is to show what we are doing with our stormwater, where it is going,” borough secretary Diane Minne ci said. “The purpose of this ordinance is to promote health, safety and welfare within the municipality, by minimizing the harm and maximizing the benefits.
“There are water quality requirements. Basically, we will show them how we collect our storm water, and where is goes. We are going to educate the public not to put oil down storm drains. We don’t have many businesses that would be affected.” Contact the writer: jdino@ standardspeaker.com; 570501-3585