Kittanning Looking to Receive Another $89,000 in Funding

Kittanning Borough Council President Kim Chiesa listens as Autumn Vorpe-Seyler explains the allotment of $88,900 from the Community Development Block Grant.

A public hearing was conducted in Council Chambers of Kittanning Borough Council last night in advance of the regular public meeting.

Autumn Vorpe-Seyler, Community Development Coordinator of the Armstrong County Department of Planning and Development, led the hearing. She said that she anticipates Kittanning Borough receiving $88,900 in Community Development Block Grant funds for 2019. From that amount, the county planners will take $16,002 for administration of the grant, leaving the Borough with $72,898.

The Borough has received funds every year dating back to 1984. From 1984 through 1987, the Borough was given $387,640 that was used for storm sewer upgrades to Duck Run, Diamond Way, and South Jefferson Street. Numerous other storm sewer projects was done with CDBG funding over the years.

Other projects included: Riverfront Park Improvements (1999-2001), $122,302 for Kittanning Hose Company #4 Building Renovations, improvement to Kittanning Community Park, and purchase of fire equipment at Hose Company #1 (2001-2005) $123,448 for construction of 4 new dugouts for Kittanning Community Park, and improvement to John Whelan Memorial Playground (2003).

In 1997, through the County of Armstrong on behalf of Kittanning Borough, $770,000 was received for Supplemental Funds for Disaster Recovery, which partially funded the Jacob Street Storm Sewer Diversion Project.

A total of $3.6 million has been received by the Borough over the last 34 years.

As reported yesterday in the Kittanning Paper, the Borough stands to lose its annual allocation if it does not maintain 4,000 residents during the 2020 census. If that happens, Kittanning would have to apply for funds on a project-by-project basis and compete with other communities of less than 4,000 population. Last month, council members were told that a recent American Community Survey showed the borough’s population is declining and estimated the current total population at 3,825 by next year.

No one from the public attended the hearing. Council members Kim Chiesa and David Croyle were the only two council persons in attendance, with Codes Enforcement Officer Tony Chiesa.