Borough Council announced at Tuesday night’s meeting that they will receive additional funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair damage done to Lamb Street during Hurricane Sandy.
Councilman Paul DeCusati, who leads the streets committee, said the borough will receive an additional $386,063, on top of the $48,906 it previously received, as a reimbursement for immediate repairs to Lamb Street.
Borough Manager Ralph Stewart and DeCusati said the additional funds will go toward further repairing the street and storm drain damage. The borough did not receive all of the funding it initially requested, because FEMA wanted visual evidence of the storm drain damage. FEMA workers, however, could not get a camera underneath the road to see the damage.
Stewart said repairs could begin as soon as spring 2015.
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The council approved Pamela Royer’s request to use Governor’s Park for Bellefonte’s 2015 Relay for Life. The event is scheduled to take place from May 29 to May 30, though Royer said in her request they would need access to the park on May 28.
The council also discussed the possibility of applying for grants for 2015 Centre County liquid fuel programs. The council must submit an application by Oct. 24 to be considered for funds for targeted improvement projects.
Stewart said staff would look further into the application process and potential projects to determine what projects may be viable for funding.
Stewart also said a request from Gary C. Calvert to install three new soil borings on borough property adjacent to the property of Snappy’s, a convenience store at 219 S. Water St., and to convert one boring into a groundwater monitoring well would be first considered by the building and property committee. New Councilman Brian Walker leads the committee.
The work would establish the soil and groundwater contamination that may be beneath borough property. Each boring will be two inches in diameter and a maximum depth of 20 feet.
The council also held an executive session for personnel reasons prior to their public meeting.
The next Borough Council meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15.