Mount Carmel will use CDBG grant to fight blight, flooding
MOUNT CARMEL - At Thursday's meeting, council announced an estimated $95,000 it will receive in a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) will help fight blight and flooding.
Teri Provost, SEDA-COG project coordinator, said 30 percent of this year's funds, after administration, would be directed to the Northumberland County Blight Task Force.
She said no houses were targeted yet for demolition.
Administration will absorb 18 percent of the block grant.
The remaining amount will go toward Shamokin Creek flood drainage improvements.
Provost said some of the block grant money would be used to match the Keystone Communities grant, which was awarded in April. Of the $500,000 awarded to Northumberland County, approximately $34,000 was designated to Mount Carmel.
The estimate for this year's block grant is based on last year's grant of $95,013.
Provost said the U.S. Department of Housing and Economic Development has released the funds to the state Department of Community and Economic Development, which is currently working to finalize allotments to each community.