County anticipates increase in CDBG funding next year

The county will receive slightly more in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds in the upcoming federal fiscal year.

Grants Administrator Lorri Dunlap said during a public hearing on Wednesday that the county’s allocation for federal fiscal year 2019-2020 is $241,490, up $1,200 from last year.

She explained that projects have to “comply with one of three national objectives” of the CDBG program – to benefit low to moderate income individuals, address blight or assist with disaster response – and explained that the money “can be used for quite a variety of things.”

Some of the more common in Warren County have included water and sewer line replacement and street reconstruction.

Dunlap said that the county will “try to spread the wealth” across the county and attempted to solicit proposals from the municipalities.

She explained she has projects in hand and is “working to qualify them at this point” and said the projects would be brought back in front of the commissioners before the application is sent to the state.

During the subsequent commissioners meeting, a series of resolutions regarding CDBG were approved.

Dunlap said those resolutions and plan approvals are annual obligations the county has as recipient of public funds.

The commissioners also approved a $20,000 grant to the Rotary Club for a sensory playground project at Lacy Park in the City of Warren.