Jersey Shore officials mull development grant projects

orough officials pondered how to allocate this year’s Community Development Block Grant, Monday night.

Kristin McLaughlin, of SEDA-Council of Governments, which administers the funds, told borough council the 2019 amount is expected to be $91,500.

Among the projects discussed were the Meadow Alley reconstruction project which includes storm water infrastructure work, as well as paving and road repairs.

Palmer Alley and South Alley were also briefly considered as projects potentially eligible for CDBG funding.

McLaughlin noted that CDBG projects can include infrastructure, as well as community and historic preservation work.

At least 51 percent of individuals impacted by the projects must be of low-to-moderate income.

In other matters, council voted 8-0 to apply for a $500,000 owner-occupied housing rehabilitation grant.

The grant represents phase five of the program.

Voting “yes” were Paul Garrett, Barb Schmouder, Sean Simcox, Marguerite Dyroff, Matthew Haag, Janet Barnhart, Michael Zellers, and Kenneth Scheesley.

Council hired Charles Construction to do paving work at a cost of $246,409.

The firm’s bid was the lowest of three bids submitted for the work which will include both streets and alleys.

Borough Manager Joseph Hamm said the project will be funded with money from liquid fuels and the general fund.

In a personnel matter, council appointed Barrett Allison to fill a vacancy on the planning commission.

Council gave conditional use approval for Trinity United Methodist Church, 119 Glover St., to use a vacant lot next to the church for parking.

Plans call for the lot to accommodate seven vehicles.

The lot is to include a six-foot high fence to serve as a barrier to a neighboring property, parking stubs, and lighting.

Council approved the hiring of four lifeguards for the community pool for the summer at a rate of pay of $8 per hour.

Garrett wanted to know what could be done about trucks applying their jake brakes along Route 220.

He said the noise from the brakes create a nuisance for residents.

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