Go­ing after grants

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM DINO STAFF WRITER

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.”

Stormwa­ter or­di­nance

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

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