HONESDALE – Several projects that were approved for the 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are being reallocated based on unqualified criteria.

Jackie Young, executive director of the Wayne County Redevelopment Authority, was present during a meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners to discuss the reallocations.

The Redevelopment Authority administers the program for the county.

“This has to do with the 2014 CDBG,” stated Jackie Young. “The request is to reallocate some funds.”

The first was water and sewer for Berlin Township in the amount of $18,000.

“That activity did not qualify under the CDBG guidelines,” Young stated.

In order for municipalities to receive CDBG funds without going through the survey process, their project must benefit a threshold of at least 51 percent of low-income residents based on their census.

Another allocation was for Damascus Township in the amount of $5,000.

“They're going to hold off until the 2016 CDBG,” Young explained. “They have to redo their surveys.”

The final reallocation was for Waymart Borough in the amount of $18,000.

Young said the reallocation is based on surveys that were completed.

“There's the American Community Surveys that are done, which is basically the census data,” she explained.

“They show that Waymart Borough is only 39.84 percent low-mod. They [the borough] did a survey and came up with 53 percent.

“Since it's more than five percent of the ACS data, they are requesting that we prove why that is so different and we can't.”

Young added after speaking with the DCED, the borough is going to hold off and reapply in 2016.

“The census data may not be correct and that's what they go by,” she said as to why the surveys might be so different.

Chief Clerk Vicky Botjer said the ACS is currently utilizing the 2010 Census data.

“They want me to prove what has changed in Waymart since 2010,” Young said. “Nothing's changed.

“There's no businesses that left or anything that has come in...we might have a problem with other communities that might not be able to do it in the future.

“If they're five percent less their surveys could be five percent more than what the ACS data is.”

Young added Waymart Borough went door to door to complete their surveys. Botjer said the county feels the data collected by the borough is correct.

“It has to be at least 51 percent low-mod to qualify,” Young stated.

She added that percentage is determined based on what kind of project a municipality is doing.

“What Waymart was doing affects the whole borough because it was a park, so they had to do the whole borough,” Young stated.

She said if it was work on a specific road the percentage would come from only those who access that road.

Young stated the total reallocation funds come out to $41,000.

“We're going to reallocate those funds to $20,500 to Clinton Township...and $20,500 to Canaan Township,” Young said.

Clinton Township will have a new budget modification of $56,842. Canaan Township's new total will be $55,500.