MOUNT CARMEL — The borough is the latest Northumberland County municipality to express interest in applying for the second round of funding from the county’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation.
County commissioners recently set aside $1 million for projects that impact the most amount of residents with priority given to blight remediation, improvement or construction of municipal buildings, purchase of personal protection equipment and enhancement of emergency services.
Municipalities may apply for up to $50,000, which, if awarded, would be matched by the county. Municipalities that have received previous grant funding from the county cannot use the same grant funds as a match.
The deadline to submit an application is 5 p.m. April 14.
Mount Carmel Manager Ed Cuff informed council during its meeting on Thursday that the borough would submit an application for the purposes of demolition and construction of a pole building to house vehicles.
The match, Cuff explained, would come from ARPA funds from a source other than the county.
Officials from Shamokin and Ralpho Township are among those who also have expressed support for the county’s second round of funding.
Shamokin Treasurer Brenda Scandle informed council members on Monday that the city has $30,218 available in a Neighborhood Mitigation Fund, fueled by fines levied by the Office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, that could be used as a match for blight remediation.
The Ralpho Township Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to allow Supervisor Blaine Madara Sr. to create a list of potential improvements to the municipal building, in Elysburg, will the intent of submitting an application to the county.
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