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Block grant funding sought by Erie County for 13 municipal projects

Water and sewer projects, roof replacements and kitchen upgrades at a senior citizens center are some of the 13 projects Erie County intends to finance through federal Community Development Block Grants in 2018, County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced.

Erie County would spend $1.4 million on the proposed projects and leverage $3.3 million more in local funds and other sources, according to the plan.

“The Community Development Block Grant awards are meant to spur communities to invest in projects that improve the infrastructure and quality of life in our cities and towns," Poloncarz said.

County officials said the projects selected are designed to target building and public infrastructure improvements to help mainly low to moderate income residents.

Here's the county's submitted list of projects:

  • Village of Alden, Smart Growth improvements on Broadway, $325,000; and Elm Street sidewalk replacement, $100,000.
  • Lackawanna, Madison Avenue, Jackson Avenue and Elm Street milling and paving project, $100,000.
  • City of Tonawanda, Wheeler Street sanitary sewer lining, $100,000.
  • Grand Island, Town Hall handicap-accessible elevator, $100,000.
  • Town of North Collins, Lawtons water project, $100,000.
  • Marilla, Town Hall handicap-accessible elevator installation, $91,080.
  • West Seneca, road milling and resurfacing project: Benson Avenue, Dirkson Avenue and Wichita Road, $100,000.
  • Elma, Senior Center roof and building rehabilitation, $62,670.
  • Newstead, kitchen equipment for Newstead Senior Center, $25,684.
  • Village of Lancaster, Brady Avenue and Cambria Street sanitary sewer reconstruction, $100,000.
  • Various communities, commercial center improvement program, $50,000.
  • Various communities, rural transit service, $270,000.




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