City officials eye multiple funding options for Grafius Run

City Council’s public works committee Tuesday is expected to hear the new plans the city administration has to go after a larger sum and a study on Grafius Run possibly done by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The department met two weeks ago and a consultant for the city explained the process of going after more money than would be available in a $500,000 grant applied for through the state Department of Community and Economic Development, Councilwoman Bonnie Katz said.

Katz, who is chairwoman of the committee, and Councilman Randall J. Allison, said they were not aware of the funding shift until they read about it.

“The consultant then explained it to me,” Allison said.

“It was a sit down and conversation,” Katz said. “We haven’t gone any further than this and hopefully can get some funding to accomplish something with Grafius Run.”

“The city also is awaiting results from a study by Rettew,” Katz said. “When that arrives it also will go to public works committee,” she said.

Meanwhile, residents are gathering together damage assessments to give to the committee and consultant Penn Strategies, she said.

“We are going after every avenue of funding that we can to come up with for a solution,” she said.

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said Rettew officials are expected to be at the meeting to address the plan they see going forward.

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