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2016 Town Pool Newsletter
Town of Bloomsburg Citizen Participation Plan (pdf)
In Accordance with the HUD Guidelines for the Community Development Block Grant Program
A housing rehabilitation effort has been expanded from Bloomsburg flood-prone properties to the entire town. Bloomsburg homeowners who meet income and other qualifications can apply to receive up to $35,000 in home repairs from a $1 million HOME grant administered by the Town of Bloomsburg and SEDA-Council of Governments Housing Program. The expanded area will now help disperse the remaining funds of the $1 million grant.
Bloomsburg Town Council recently voted to expand the range of the Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program to include the entire town, though it had previously focused only on owner-occupied homes affected by Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. Priority will continue to be given to homes in designated areas affected by that storm.
Program work most commonly done includes roof repair, electrical upgrading, heat system repair or replacement, and other essential and code-related work.
Income qualifications apply. For example, the maximum income for a two-person family is $38,550, and $48,150 for a family of four. Awarded homeowners must continue to live in the property for five years.
To request a prequalifying application, contact SEDA-COG’s Sue Goddard at 1-800-326-9310.
The program area was expanded because funding limitations attached to the original $1 million HOME grant did not allow for raising of homes above the flood level, so a new grant (not yet awarded) was applied for that would allow for the elevation of such homes.
Veteran’s Memorial of Columbia County – Hometown Heroes Banners Program
Application – Order Deadline: August 15, 2015 (to be displayed on Veterans Day)
(The banners are $225.00 ea.)
The Town of Bloomsburg has recently created a Food Truck Pilot Program. There are three permits as part of this pilot program. These permitted locations are located at three municipally owned public lots within Downtown Bloomsburg.
Two permits have already been issued to vendors as part of this pilot program and will soon be occupying these spaces. These vendors include Nannycakes who will be selling a variety of bakery items and SAC Lunches who will be selling a variety of lunch items. Nannycakes will be located in the Diner Lot and SAC Lunches will be located in the Pine Avenue Lot.
One food truck permit is still available for purchase which is located in the Hoppes Lot and interested parties should contact the Bloomsburg Codes Department at 570-784-7123 ext. 122 for more information. These permits will run until the end of this calendar year and the pilot program will be under review at that time.
At their December 14, 2015 meeting, Town Council approved extending the pilot program to June 30, 2016.
The SEDA-COG Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the official transportation planning organization for eight (8) Central Pennsylvania Counties (Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Union), as designated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 27, 2013. Prior to that date, the counties identified above were part of the SEDA-COG Rural Planning Organization (RPO). The 2010 decennial Census resulted in a new urbanized area (UZA) determination that required the formation of an MPO for the affected Bloomsburg-Berwick UZA; local and state parties agreed to make the MPO coverage contain the entirety of the 8 counties listed above.
The SEDA-COG MPO operates via an agreement with PennDOT to approve studies and capital improvements for highways, bridges, transit, railroads, bicycle/pedestrian facilities, and other transportation concerns. Three primary documents are developed and approved by the MPO: the region’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), and annual Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). In executing its work, the MPO strives to help provide a balanced transportation system for the maximum benefit of people, businesses, and communities in the region.
Consistent with its bylaws, the SEDA-COG MPO’s governing body consists of 17 voting members: one representative from each of the eight member counties (typically the county planning director); three representatives from PennDOT (Engineering District 2-0, Engineering District 3-0, and Central Office); one representative from transit; one representative from multi-modal interests; one representative from the SEDA-COG Board; one representative from SEDA-COG’s Transportation Program; one representative from the largest municipality (by population) in the Bloomsburg-Berwick UZA; and one representative from the 2nd largest municipality (by population) in the Bloomsburg-Berwick UZA . In addition to the 17 voting members, the MPO includes non-voting members. Such non-voting members receive MPO reports and agendas and may participate in MPO discussions. Non-voting members include, among others: Lycoming County officials, Centre County officials, Luzerne County officials, Federal
If you live in Bloomsburg and your home was damaged in floods resulting from Tropical Storm Lee, funds are available to help with repairs. The Town has received $1 million in federal HOME funds, and homeowners may be eligible for up to $25,000 in no-interest loans. Property owners may also qualify for an additional $10,000 to reduce hazards related to lead-based paint.
According to Bloomsburg Town Administrator William Lowthert, who is overseeing the rehabilitation program, “The goal is to reduce future flood damage. Homeowners can flood proof their property, move utilities from harm’s way, and take other measures to help reduce their home’s susceptibility to flooding.”
Applicants for rehabilitation funds must document property damage sustained in 2011’s flood, and cannot receive funds to make repairs for which they already received funds. Such “duplication of benefits” is not permitted.
Lowthert estimates there are sufficient funds to rehabilitate 16-20 homes, and several homeowners have shown interest in the program. In the coming weeks they will be asked to submit formal applications and the Town, with help from SEDA-COG, will provide assistance with the application process. SEDA-COG rehabilitation specialists will complete home inspections before repairs are undertaken.
After specific repairs are identified and approved by the homeowner, SEDA-COG will pursue bids for the work from private contractors. SEDA-COG assisted the Town in securing funds for the program and is also providing administrative assistance.
Those seeking more information may call Lowthert at 570-784-7123, ext. 121, or e-mail him at [email protected]
If you are interested in applying for these rehabilitation funds please fill out the form and follow the instructions listed below:
Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Prequalification Form
Pre-Qualification Form Instructions:
1. The first step to be put on the waiting list is for the homeowner to complete the Pre-Qualification
The Draft Application for the CDBG – National Disaster Resiliency Competition will be available for citizen review and comments on February 21, 2015. It can be located at: http://www.newpa.com/community/disaster-recovery. There is a 15 day citizen comment period that will expire on March 9, 2015. The application will be submitted to HUD no later than March 27, 2015.
The purpose of the CDBG-NDR program is to assist disaster recovery in the most impacted and distressed areas declared a major federal disaster in 2011, 2012, or 2013. The allocations for this funding will be based on a review of the applications submitted by 67 eligible applicants from Presidentially-declared disasters that occurred in 2011, 2012, or 2013, and estimates of remaining unmet need. These funds are separate and distinct from the annual allocation of CDBG funds, and any CDBG-DR funds.
The Goals of the application are:
1) Initiate and encourage planning strategies based upon watersheds and not solely upon jurisdictional boundaries, as has been the custom thus far;
2) Designate one or more communities that would participate in a “Resilient Make Over”;
3) Bring to bear all of our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) capabilities and planning expertise within the academic, local, county, state and federal structures, which are now stove piped, for all aspects of preparedness, planning, response, mitigation and infrastructure protection; and,
4) Roll these activities, to include the two Pennsylvania HUD NDRC eligible applicants (Commonwealth of PA, and Luzerne County) into a successful “Resilient PA” program, much like the successful Ready.gov, ReadyPA, and High Water Mark, Storm Ready government grass roots programs.
Persons who would like to provide written comment on the draft Application may send those comments electronically to Larry Belmont at [email protected] , or via mail to his attention at the
Mayor Sandy Davis and Town Council would like to invite you to Council Chambers at Town Hall on February 17th from 6:00PM-7:30PM to meet socially with Council and also view the beautiful artwork being displayed in Mayor Davis’ office from local artists, Bob Brown and the late Marlin Wagner. Please join us for good conversation and to remember Marlin.
Thank you very much to Aramark of Bloomsburg University for providing the light refreshments for this event!
We hope you to see you there!
The Mayor of Bloomsburg has dedicated a wall in her office for exhibit space for local artists. These artists will be selected from time to time by invitation of the Mayor.
Artists must be Town of Bloomsburg residents or be affiliated with a gallery or business in Bloomsburg. All submissions for consideration must portray the theme of “Bloomsburg”, ie. the Town Fountain, Town Park, Carver Hall, the river, street scenes, buildings, architecture, landmarks, farmers market, the fair, etc.
Artists will be able to submit work for consideration to: [email protected]
The first invitation has been extended to photographers, Bob Brown (Artspace Gallery) and Marlin Wagner. Unfortunately, Marlin Wagner recently passed away, so his Triptych of the dogwood trees at the Town Park will be a memorial tribute.
Please join us on the 2nd floor of Town Hall on Tuesday, February 17th 6:00-7:30pm to see the beautiful work of local artists, meet with Town Council members, and enjoy light refreshments provided by Aramark of Bloomsburg University.