Stoltz of Coudersport

xxx

xxx

Do You Know: You can buy this marquee ad on Solomon's words for the wise for your business or event for only $10. per day! It's just one of the low cost advertising options available. Your ad is viewed 40,000 to 70,000 times every day. Email us for information on other ad locations.

Solomon's Auction & Yard Sale Page

Really Rural

E & G

Street Machines

Howard's Inc, Coudersport, PA

UPMC Cole

Friday, January 1, 2010

Roulette Township, Coudersport Pool Losing Grants

cdbg1

Federal Funds Now Targeted For Ulysses, Coudersport, Galeton Projects

By Paul Heimel

Potter County Today

Potter County officials are proposing revisions to previously discussed allocations of federal funds for public works projects in local communities. The money comes to the county through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and can only be designated for projects that meet certain criteria.

A $60,000 grant originally designated for improvements to a section of the Roulette Municipal Water System is now being targeted to three other projects:

  • $20,000 for development of a water well in Ulysses;
  • $20,000 for property acquisition in Galeton Borough to support construction of the next Potter County Habitat for Humanity home;
  • $20,000 for a water line replacement project on Coudersport’s East Second Street, between Mill Street and Park Avenue.

Additionally, a $70,000 allotment previously targeted to improve handicapped accessibility to the Coudersport Community Swimming Pool is being reallocated to the East Second Street water project in the borough.

Joe Pagano, director of redevelopment for the Potter County Redevelopment Authority, administers the CDBG program and presented his recommendations this week to the Potter County Board of Commissioners.

Pagano said the Roulette project which was originally chosen for the $60,000 grant is not specific enough in detail to move forward under CDBG guidelines.

Meanwhile, Pagano said, the $70,000 that had originally been designated for the pool project was contingent on Coudersport Borough receiving a Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources grant and dedicating borough funds as a match. When those two elements did not materialize, CDBG funding was no longer practical.

Pagano pointed out that the major water project in Coudersport is being worked out through a cooperative arrangement with PennDOT, which will resurface East Second Street in 2010 through funds received under the federal stimulus legislation.

Proposed revisions on 2009 CDBG allotments are subject to public comment. Pagano can be reached at 814-274-7031 or by email at jopcra@zitomedia.net.

His office and the commissioners are now determining proposed distribution of the county’s 2010 CDBG funding, with adoption of the plan scheduled for March 11. Townships and boroughs with projects to propose must apply by Feb. 5.

Just one municipality, Harrison Township, was represented at a public meeting on the 2010 CDBG program held on Dec. 10.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roulette Township was awarded the $60,000 grant a year ago. To date there has been no correspondence to Roulette from CDBG that the paperwork wasn't specific enough in detail. When calls were made to Joe Pagano's office regarding this grant, the township was told that because of the economic downswing, the money was not readily available.

Sunday, January 3, 2010 7:50:00 AM EST

Delete
Anonymous Jonathan Huff said...

I guess that I will chime in so that people are aware of the facts, even though I am sure that I will be chastised for it.

As poster Sunday, January 3, 2010 7:50:00 AM EST stated, the last that we were told was that the grant was approved but we would have to wait until 2010 to receive it because of the state funding crisis that took place in 2009 with the budget. The paperwork was all filed in a timely fashion and correctly. There are very specific details in the request, and until I read this article, had no inclination to the contrary from Mr. Pagano's office.
The detail specific grant request was to partially fund, Roulette Township was going to have to come up with $20,000.00 of the $80,000 project cost, a water system betterment. This betterment was in 3 parts. Replace approximately 200 ft of old cast iron piping at the bottom end of 4th Street, install a 150gpm pump in Well #4 increasing its output from 60 gpm, and to install piping from Well #4 to the distribution system to increase the chlorine contact time for the water from this well with the flow increase making it conform to state standards.
What you all need to know is this, the increase in flow from Well #4 is not something that the Township has pulled out of the air to make things better, it is a REQUIREMENT mandated by the DEP. We are required to either increase the flow rate from an existing well or drill additional wells to allow an increase to meet state defined requirements. The supervisors have spent thousands of dollars testing this well to insure that it is capable of producing the additional flow. It was decided that this would be the best and most cost effective manner of meeting the state requirements.
That being said, Roulette Township is mandated to do this betterment. It is not an issue of, not having enough money to do it so we will wait until we do. It must be done, and done within a specific time frame. If the Township does not receive this grant, the burden of the entire cost will be put on the shoulders of the Township. What this means to you all, is there will be no alternative, other than to secure a loan for the total cost, triggering a necessity for a substantial rate increase to all of it's customers. I am sure that this is something that none of you want.

So, rather than spending your time bashing the Township, the Supervisors, the Employees, the County, and the Presidents, your time would be better spent utilizing the link that was supplied in the article to email Mr. Pagano and tell him what you think.

Personally, I don't see how the needs of 1 family outweighs the needs of needs of 400+ families. I will be sending him an email next to make sure he knows what I am thinking as well. Let's hope that he will remember that the details were very specific in needs and requirements and reconsider his decision.

Sunday, January 3, 2010 11:07:00 AM EST

Delete
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Jon for your input. I, too was not aware of any changes made to the funding from CDBG. If the township had infact made some errors when applying for this grant, we were not informed about any error, infact we were told that the funding was being delayed due to the economic crisis and also waiting to hear if the township needed to do another income survey. Somehow, now it has turned into "lack of detail" I also agree with you, instead of bashing the township, employees, the county, or whoever seems to be the bone of someone's contention, think past that and what this means to every tax payer in Roulette. You people that continually bash -- please stop as this is a very serious matter to the township and its residents.

23 comments :

Anonymous said...

$20k for land for a future Habitat for Humanity Home in Galeton???? Are you kidding me! Buy a lot outside of town at a fraction of the cost - and let habitat raise that money...NOT our tax $$$!!!

Anonymous said...

Well said 8:37! Galeton has needs that can benefit the WHOLE COMMUNITY not just one family. Wake up and look around.

Anonymous said...

More OBAMA change.


Actually, I can see putting the money towards urgent needs that have more priority or benefical uses.

Anonymous said...

It says that the public can comment, so, if you want to be heard, be heard!

Anonymous said...

Roulette township messed up. NO that cann't be. They never miss a grant or make a mistake like the fire dept. did.
As far as the Habitat House most of the property is donated or purchased by habitat. I don't understand what's up with that.
Well I guess we're all human?

Anonymous said...

"More Obaver change."

Whoever posted that comment is a moron. If you can read, read the posting and see that it was a CDBG, and they have been around for years and years.
Keep blaming everything on Obama though.....you'll be right occasionally, but you'll still be stupid.

Anonymous said...

hmmmmm....If memory serves me correctly Joe Pagano is a native of Galeton.....as the county turns!

Anonymous said...

I get great amusement over some of the comments on here. Can people really be that uneducated and jaded? CDBG is actually more Reagan change there 11:22 in case you really care about the program, which I doubt.
And as for 9:52 above, should Galeton be declared ineligible for funds because the guy who has been doing such a great job of running this program since the days of Reagan happens to live there?

Little Johnny the Flatlander said...

The habitat for humanity should NOT be funded by tax payer money. I could use some of my tax money to do improvements on my own camp....why should it be used to build a home for some non-working welfare family?

Anonymous said...

I beg to differ with you 12:33. The house that was built in Roulette the land was donated and the family that lives there is not on welfare and she works everyday. I was very happy to see her get it. If you want to save taxpayers money you need to go to the people that play the system. Have never worked and get all help for everything. I think you need to retrack your statement.

Anonymous said...

That isn't the only grant Roulette Township has missed or messed up on. I don't think they have anybody over there that is smart enough to make one out.

Anonymous said...

For years, Austin Borough was told they couldn't get funding or help with various projects (most notably senior housing} because they didn't have a sewage treatment facility. Several years ago, at great cost to all PA taxpayers and especially to the residents of Austin, a treatment plant was built. Now, years later, still no senior housing. Luckily the folks there are capable and willing to provide for themselves, witness the E.O. Austin Museum. Galeton does seem to benefit from government largesse in an amount that's out of proportion to either their population or contributions

Anonymous said...

The Austin borough council has had many offers in the past to improve the town! They have turned them down time after time ! I was told by a member of the council that applying for grant money is to much paper work and a pain in the a$%! The E.O. Austin House was done by Ron Ebbert ! Not the borough ! My hats off to him !

Anonymous said...

Roulette is the only place around that does not have a senior center and we are the only ones around that the meals on wheels food is delivered frozen and it is made right here in Roulette. Something wrong with his picture??????

Anonymous said...

Galeton gets alot of grants and funding because the borough council has educated people that know how to get things done, Galeton is in my opinion the nicest town in potter county and its location makes it a tourist and gas company hub, they should be getting more of the grants. And no i'm not from Galeton.

Anonymous said...

Roulette Township was awarded the $60,000 grant a year ago. To date there has been no correspondence to Roulette from CDBG that the paperwork wasn't specific enough in detail. When calls were made to Joe Pagano's office regarding this grant, the township was told that because of the economic downswing, the money was not readily available.

Jonathan Huff said...

I guess that I will chime in so that people are aware of the facts, even though I am sure that I will be chastised for it.

As poster Sunday, January 3, 2010 7:50:00 AM EST stated, the last that we were told was that the grant was approved but we would have to wait until 2010 to receive it because of the state funding crisis that took place in 2009 with the budget. The paperwork was all filed in a timely fashion and correctly. There are very specific details in the request, and until I read this article, had no inclination to the contrary from Mr. Pagano's office.
The detail specific grant request was to partially fund, Roulette Township was going to have to come up with $20,000.00 of the $80,000 project cost, a water system betterment. This betterment was in 3 parts. Replace approximately 200 ft of old cast iron piping at the bottom end of 4th Street, install a 150gpm pump in Well #4 increasing its output from 60 gpm, and to install piping from Well #4 to the distribution system to increase the chlorine contact time for the water from this well with the flow increase making it conform to state standards.
What you all need to know is this, the increase in flow from Well #4 is not something that the Township has pulled out of the air to make things better, it is a REQUIREMENT mandated by the DEP. We are required to either increase the flow rate from an existing well or drill additional wells to allow an increase to meet state defined requirements. The supervisors have spent thousands of dollars testing this well to insure that it is capable of producing the additional flow. It was decided that this would be the best and most cost effective manner of meeting the state requirements.
That being said, Roulette Township is mandated to do this betterment. It is not an issue of, not having enough money to do it so we will wait until we do. It must be done, and done within a specific time frame. If the Township does not receive this grant, the burden of the entire cost will be put on the shoulders of the Township. What this means to you all, is there will be no alternative, other than to secure a loan for the total cost, triggering a necessity for a substantial rate increase to all of it's customers. I am sure that this is something that none of you want.

So, rather than spending your time bashing the Township, the Supervisors, the Employees, the County, and the Presidents, your time would be better spent utilizing the link that was supplied in the article to email Mr. Pagano and tell him what you think.

Personally, I don't see how the needs of 1 family outweighs the needs of needs of 400+ families. I will be sending him an email next to make sure he knows what I am thinking as well. Let's hope that he will remember that the details were very specific in needs and requirements and reconsider his decision.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Jon for your input. I, too was not aware of any changes made to the funding from CDBG. If the township had infact made some errors when applying for this grant, we were not informed about any error, infact we were told that the funding was being delayed due to the economic crisis and also waiting to hear if the township needed to do another income survey. Somehow, now it has turned into "lack of detail" I also agree with you, instead of bashing the township, employees, the county, or whoever seems to be the bone of someone's contention, think past that and what this means to every tax payer in Roulette. You people that continually bash -- please stop as this is a very serious matter to the township and its residents.

Anonymous said...

You can bet Kefover had something to do with Joe's "re-thinking" about the CDBG money. Listen up, it's not Joe's money - he only makes recommendations to the commissioners - and with all three of them not knowing squat about what they are doing - you can bet that Kefover as well as Morley know where to steer Joe. After all, one sat on the Housing Authority Board and the other was a contracted employee. Money allocated for the building of a habitat house is way out of the scope of CDBG funds. Can not wait for the change of guard in the Courthouse.

Anonymous said...

8:19 My hats off to the people of Roulette they are miles ahead. Austin has alot less!

Anonymous said...

All of this stuff is brought up to the public at a hearing right? It says here that one township showed up out of how many in the county? 30? 40?

Anonymous said...

money is often shifted to more ready projects to address project timeliness, money that cant be spent on time regardless of why, will be recaptured. So in the best interest of both communities the money gets moved often in the 11th hour to the greatest and most expeditious need. Everyone involved on the political side wants the money to stay in place its ALOT less headache, but nothing is worse than having a project delayed and funds recaptured.Its nothing but blog fodder to think the shift is anything but that...Joe Pagano is a rock solid advocate for sound economic and infrastructure development, he is not politically motivated or pushed. Speculation to the contrary is simply by those who dont know him and blog before checking the facts. John Wright 814-274-7031 ext 17

Anonymous said...

Blog but Verify people, JW is right