Committee discusses grant distribution

Residential building facades in the city’s historic district may benefit from Community Development Block grants sought by Stephanie Young, city community development director.

On Tuesday, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana told the city public works committee that Young plans to go after a grant of $30,000 to help improve residential properties in the district.

The initial proposal is to have up to six property owners apply for a $5,000 grant that they would have to match, Campana said. The city then matches that amount for $10,000 in improvement dollars, he said.

Committee members Don Noviello and Bonnie Katz said they didn’t have a problem with Young’s proposal. No vote was taken at the meeting.

Campana said the department plans to put $323,874 of grant money toward street reconstruction, which is about $20,000 more than the prior year.

Grants also are available for curbcuts, $50,000 for Ways Garden and $120,000 for a generator and security enhancements at the Williamsport Bureau of Fire headquarters on Walnut Street.

Those receiving grants are asked to share with council, at year’s end, what resulted from the grants.

The committee also chatted briefly with Georgia Stover, a business manager and an applicant for a vacant seat on the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority. The seat will be vacated by Matthew Rebeck, Campana said.

Stover said she was asked by the mayor to consider taking on the volunteer role.