Although officials have again put much hope to improve their locales through the CDBG funding program, once again the pie won’t go completely around.

Although officials have again put much hope to improve their locales through the CDBG funding program, once again the pie won’t go completely around.
On Tuesday the Wayne County Commissioners took their pens and calculators and pared down a list of requests totaling $481,201.00 to decide who will share in the $233,865.00 made available this year for projects in the county (Honesdale Borough gets a separate allocation due to its size). Funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for projects decreased from $240,176 last year (2007) and $237,717 in 2006.
CDBG is a federal program distributed to the states, and in turn administered on the county level. Projects funded need to either beenfit low  to moderate income residents, prevent or eliminate blight or address community issues posing a serious threat to the health and welfare of the public.
Commissioner Wendell Kay, who began office last month, said that background information on funding for local projects going back to 1982- when the CDBG program was created- has been helpful. “It helps us balance what we’d like to do and what is possible to do,” he said.
Priorities set by the Commissioners included funding multiple-phase projects that have been funded in prior years, so that municipalities could finish what they started. Also, requests to fund projects meant to improve accessibility for the disabled were approved.
Jackie Young, director of the Wayne County Redevelopment Authority, said that the public may submit written comments through March 11. The application package is available for review at the Authority office, 206 Willow Ave., Honesdale (phone, 253-4882). The Commissioners’ approved list must then go back to the state for their approval, which is not expected until late summer. She noted that is often late in the construction season to do the work, and project funding is often rolled over to the next year.
A few projects received partial funding and in a few cases the applicant had since withdrawn a request.
• Projects receiving the blessing of the Commissioners were as follows (handicapped accessible projects are noted as “ADA”- American with Disabilities Act):
Clinton Twp. - Pave Maple Street and rest of Forest Street- $30,000
Hawley Boro - Phase II of paving Park Place Drive- $24,000
Canaan Twp.- Phase II of paving Little Keen Road- $17,500
Cherry Ridge Twp.- ADA at township building- $20,000
South Canaan Twp.- Emergency generator at township building- $20,000
Damascus Twp.- Roof at Community Center- $20,000
Waymart Boro- Replace sidewalks on 100 & 200 block of South Street- $20,800
Starrucca Boro- Construct new bridge - $40,000
Pleasant Mount Community Center- Fire alarm system - $6,850 and electric stove - $3,875
Preston Twp.- ADA parking spaces- $8,400
Paupack Twp.- ADA work at Lakeville Recreation Complex- $13,440
Area Agency on Aging- ADA ramps & doorways- $15,000
• Projects not funded:
Dyberry Twp. - Paving of Fords Road- $58,000
Texas Twp.- Paving of Canal Street- $117,076
Pleasant Mount Community Center- Activities program- $14,000
Wayne County Redevelopment Authority- ADA wheel chair lift- $18,500.