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Village of Farnham receives CDBG funding

For the second year in a row, the Village of Farnham will receive Community Development Block Grant funding.

Farnham will receive a sum of $265,532 for Rural Transit Service, the Farnham Village Board announced at its Feb. 19 meeting. This marks the second straight year that the village’s support of Rural Transit Service has been funded. They received $265,559 in CDBG funds last year.

“I am pleased to inform you that the project submitted by the Village for funding assistance through the Erie County Consortium Community Development Block Grant Program has been approved for the noted dollar amount,” Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said in a letter addressed to the village. “Congratulations on a fine application. The Consortium’s Project Selection Committee received a total of 46 proposals, but unfortunately, the available funds limited the number of approved applications to 8.”

“We had submitted for repairs to Railroad Avenue and Detroit Street, and also for Rural Transit, which is included on our list each and every year,” Mayor Julie Gibbons said. “We weren’t approved for either one of our projects, but again we were funded for our support of Rural Transit.”

The board traditionally lists Rural Transit as their second or third priority each CDBG funding period. The Village of Farnham approved the Railroad Avenue Reconstruction and Drainage Project as their top CDBG priority ($144,500) and the Detroit Street Reconstruction and Drainage Project at No. 2 ($54,600) for the second straight funding season.

Gibbons said that the proposal to resubmit the project list from last year was made because of a lack of time due to all of the turnaround on the board this year.

Gibbons added that even though they have not been approved for either of their street reconstruction projects they’ve submitted for the past two years,

“I was informed by one of the people conducting the finals reviews of all of the submitted projects, that our two road projects did score quite highly, and because of the fact that they have been submitted consecutively for three years now for the same projects, every time we are denied, we received bonus points,” Gibbons said. “And those bonus points go towards our score for next year if we end up submitting the same projects, which gives us an advantage in the future.”

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