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Township receives block grant

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Whitehall Township is receiving a $85,000 in a Community Development Block Grant for 2015.

Lee Rackus, township director of planning, development and zoning confirmed the township has been successful in its grant application to Lehigh County. The grant will be applied to the road reconstruction project for a section of 14th Street in Fullerton.

Rackus said the township looks at projects that include handicap curb work. The CDBG program is a United States Housing, Urban & Development (HUD) program that has strict stipulations.

The federal funding is turned over to the states for administering the program and the counties review, approve or reject the applications of municipalities.

Rackus said the program has been in place for years, having mandates for municipalities to ensure handicapped persons have access via the construction of handicap curbs installed at intersections.

The township has been putting in the curbs, a small slice of adjoining concrete walks that are compliant with HUD regulations.

Rackus said the federal government has not been overbearing regarding when municipalities have to be 100 percent complaint, so long as work on meeting the goal continues.

Rackus said the township has been constructing the burbs in conjunction with specific road improvements.

"We take one step forward and one step back. It's a moving target," Rackus said.

The work is done by a private contractor via the bidding system.

Whitehall Township applied for the grant in 2014, but was turned down by Lehigh County.