$75,000 paving grant awarded


First Posted: 2/26/2012

The township was awarded a $75,000 Community Development Block Grant to pave a portion of the township roads, the Board of Supervisors announced Monday.

“It’s considerably less than we’ve gotten in previous years, but all money is welcome here,” said Supervisor Doug Ide.

Municipalities can apply for the grant, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, every three years. The amount of the last block grant the township received was $99,000, the board said. The money will be used to pave roads in the Lake Silkworth area and possibly others in the township.

“We’re going to see how far we can stretch ($75,000),” said Ide, adding that the grant would have to be combined with township funds.

After the meeting, Ide gave an informal tour of the township’s new $750,000, 120-by-60-foot garage. The insulated pole barn has six bays with automatic doors, radiant heated floors, a separate storage room, future locker area and a spacious break room, complete with a full kitchen. Township funds were used to build the garage, which is large enough to house all the township’s road equipment and police cruisers, Ide said.

An open house, which will include a tour of the garage and the renovated municipal building, will take place in the spring.

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