In 2013, the Planning and Development Department administered a total of $2,700,639 in state and federal grants, including $287,427 in Smithfield Township Entitlement CDBG funds.
Three grant applications were filed in 2013 requesting: $500,000 in Competitive CDBG for water/sewer line relocation along two blocks of Mount Union Borough’s Pennsylvania Avenue; $250,000 from the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program (GTRP) for Mount Union Borough linear park improvements in public rights-of-way along Pennsylvania Avenue; and $350,000 in HOME Investment Partnership funds for owner occupied housing rehabilitation in Broad Top City Borough.
While GTRP funds were not awarded, decisions are pending on the HOME and CDBG applications. Huntingdon County received a Competitive CDBG of $375,224 for an application filed in 2012 for wastewater treatment plant improvements serving the Mapleton Area.
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development approved $375,224 in “Competitive” CDBG funds for repairs at the Mapleton Area Joint Municipal Authority’s wastewater treatment plant. This grant, paired with $35,276 in County Entitlement CDBG funds, will improve plant efficiency through installation of a fine screen designed to capture and remove rags and other debris from the waste stream before it enters the treatment process. The grant will also help the plant to achieve NPDES permit compliance, and improve the quality of water released into the environment, by installing two new ultra-violet disinfection units. Finally, grant funds will be used to equip two remote pump stations with auto dialing equipment to notify staff of malfunctions that can result in overflows of untreated wastewater from the subsurface pump station vaults.
Projects substantially completed in 2013 include: Mount Union Borough Building Accessibility Improvements, and providing operating assistance to Huntingdon House domestic violence facilities through Emergency Shelter Grant funds. While the Orbisonia-Rockhill Well Facilities Rehabilitation work was under contract and to be completed in November of 2013, colder than usual temperatures and water system leaks delayed well pump replacement until 2014.
A geographic information system (GIS) has been developed by the Department for use in both planning and 911 addressing. In 2007, a County Mapping Department was formed. County and municipal maps are available from the Mapping Department
. Census and other information about Huntingdon County can be obtained from the Planning Department.
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