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Somerset County, municipalities receive $634,000 from the state

April 18, 2018

The Somerset County commissioners have accepted 2017 entitlement Community Development Block Grant program funds that the county applied for in December.

The county received a $635,819 contract with the state Department of Community & Economic Development. The program is one targeted by President Donald Trump in his version of the budget.

“I’ve always said some of these communities couldn’t afford to do these projects if they didn’t have this funding,” Commissioner John Vatavuk said, adding that Congress replaced the funding in the past and he hopes it does so again.

Somerset County Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Steve Spochart said that $120,789 for the repayment of a CDBG Section 108 loan for Somerset Township will be issued in another contract.

“They did not release that yet,” he said.

Money received includes:

Somerset County: $234,188, including $192,035 to supplement a sanitary sewer system improvement project along Mount Davis Road in Summit Township and $42,153 for administration.

Conemaugh Township: $108,429, including $88,912 to be combined with 2016 funds to undertake a water system improvement project in the Coon Ridge Road area and $19,517 for administration.

Jenner Township: $83,087, including $40,000 for the purchase of storm sewer materials to replace a storm drainage line on Cloud Street, $28,132 to be combined with prior years’ funding for the Gray/Quemahoning water interconnect project and $14,955 for administration.

Somerset Borough: $100,385, including $82,316 for a residential, owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program and $18,069 for administration.

Windber Borough: $83,216, including $40,001 for a residential, owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program, $28,237 for demolition/site clearance activities and $14,978 for administration.

“I think they are invaluable,” Commissioner James T. Yoder said of the grants. “A lot of these places couldn’t do what they do without the funding.”

During Tuesday’s meeting the commissioners also approved the following personnel actions:

Resignations/separations from employment:

Area Agency on Aging: Jessica Friedline, of Stoystown, aging case aide, effective May 25.

Area Agency on Aging: Elaine Lahm, of Somerset, administrator 2, effective June 16.

County jail: Edwin Mayak, of Stoystown, correctional officer, effective April 9.

New employees:

Domestic relations: Lea Hay, of Meyersdale, clerk, $20,800, effective April 23.


County 911: promote Lauren Goetjen, of Somerset, from part-time to full-time communications officer at an annual salary of $27,066, effective March 10.

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