CDBG public hearing to be held Nov. 4
MOUNT CARMEL - A public hearing will be held Nov. 4 at borough hall on Fourth and Vine streets to receive comments from residents on proposed budget modifications to the borough's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and solicit engineering proposals for part of the project.
The modifications consists of taking $128,172 worth of CDBG funding from 2011, 2012 and 2013 out of the Orange Alley reconstruction and putting it toward reconstruction of Second Street near Hickory Street.
The move was made because the activity on Orange Street was undertaken prior to the approval by the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
Borough council members unanimously approved these actions Thursday night during the regular board meeting.
In addition to approving the money for Orange Alley, borough council members last month approved putting $46,690 toward slum and blight projects and $17,100 for administration fees.
The meeting will be held by SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in the council chambers. It is open to the public.
Borough council members also directed borough Manager Edward Cuff to hire a surveyor for work at the borough garage at Seventh and Oak streets and a parcel of land on Fifth Street.
The borough garage needs to be torn down, council members said.
Cuff said tearing down the building is estimated to cost $24,000. If they want to tear down the building and fill in the hole underneath, the cost would be $25,000. If they want to tear down the building and remove all the concrete, it would be $50,000.
The borough stores lawnmowers, a sweeper, a loader and other equipment there.
The eventual goal is to construct a new borough building on the property, Cuff said.