Commissioners moving CDBG funds to help Bear Lake

The Warren County Commissioners agreed this week to move Community Development Block Grant funds in order to assist with stormwater problems in Bear Lake.

Lorri Dunlap, the county’s grant administrator, told the commissioners that the goal is to utilize the funding from previous fiscal years “in a timely fashion.”

Roughly $88,000 was proposed to moved from several different federal fiscal years.

Dunlap said the funding was coming from other projects that came in under budget as well as a residential sidewalk program that had been set up in Tidioute and Clarendon boroughs, which was “not as popular as we hoped.”

She said one sidewalk was replaced in Clarendon and four or five were done in Tidioute under the project, which did not require any match from eligible homeowners. She said the “money is getting old” and is “not being spent.”

Dunlap told the commissioners that Bear Lake Borough approached and asked for CDBG funds to hire an engineer to conduct a field study on Center Street to determine “what can best be done to control the water from eroding the road and people’s driveways.”

She said a request for proposals is currently out in order to hire a firm for the work and added that the funds set aside today would be used for construction next year.

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