Seniors seek Block Grant
by Alan Reed
Sep 12, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jason Vincent of the Pennyrile Area Development District joined the Trigg County Fiscal Court and Senior Center Director Carolyn Bland for a public meeting last Tuesday about seeking a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The money would be used to fund construction of a replacement for the building. Nearly 20 senior citizens from the community attended the meeting to offer feedback and complete comment forms for review by the PADD Office.

Judge Executive Stan Humphries updated the meeting on progress on the project. He said that John LeNeave agreed to donate three acres of farmland behind the Food Giant Grocery Store, and that Trigg County agreed to purchase an additional two acres for $30,000. He added that the county is completing a survey of the land and has located a natural gas pipeline under the property. Humphries said that the presence of the line has been noted by Atmos Gas, who said that it poses no problem as long as no excavation occurs around the pipeline. Humphries said that architect Keith Sharpe estimated the project to cost between $1.7 million and $2.2 million.

Vincent said that the project falls under the heading of Community Projects in the Governor’s CDBG program, and satisfies a requirement to benefit low and moderate-income persons, which seniors are considered regardless of actual income. For the community projects program, the Governor has allocated $3.5 million for fiscal year 2007. Vincent said that the Senior Center would apply for the maximum award of $500,000.

“There have been no awards from that pot this year, and I’ve heard that they have only received a few applications so far. I think we have a good chance of receiving this money,” said Vincent.

Read more on plans to seek a CDBG in The Cadiz Record.
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