WV State House of Delegates’ lawmaker Sam Cann, D- Harrison, reports $971,539 received via the Community Development Block Grant 2008 Midwest Floods Recovery Assistance. The funds are to be used to help communities recover from disasters, aid in the elimination of slums or blight, or to eliminate a condition that poses a serious and immediate threat to the welfare of a community.
“This money will go to the City of Salem and the Harrison County Commission,” Cann said. “The community initiative funds are to be directed toward flood prevention projects and economic development plans. Both of the recipients have done a lot of work in maintaining and improving their communities and I am happy to see they get a little extra financial help.”
While West Virginia applied for eight funding projects, six were approved. Of the six, two are within the 41st Delegate District.
Recommended and Fully Funded Projects within the 41st Delegate District include:
* $500,000 to the City of Salem for acquisition and demolition of four commercial buildings that are creating major flooding problems in the downtown area, creating an impediment to economic development. Fifty-nine percent of the public will be affected.
* $471,539 to the Harrison County Commission so that it may project its focus on residential properties located in Wallace, Wyatt, and New Quarters in the flood plan as well as properties in Beard’s Run, Seminole and Quiet Dell near steep hillsides. This money also will benefit 100% of the residents.
Other Recommended and Fully Funded Projects include:
* $500,000 to the Town of Sutton for a storm drainage line construction along North Hill Road which poses a high risk for flooding and property damage to Sutton Elementary School and a residential section. Seventy two percent of the population will benefit from these dollars.
* $500,000 to the Town of Hambleton to replace the storm drainage line along WV State Route 72, which floods each time it rains because of damage caused during the June 2008 disaster. One hundred percent of residences will be served. Ninety-six percent of residents will benefit from the project.
* $500,000 to the City of Parsons for construction of a formal storn drainage system to serve residents along Second Street and Battle Street. Public roads and private driveways are being washed our regardless of the “makeshift” remedies. These funds will affect 66% of the population.
* $500,000 to the Calhoun County Commission for the acquisition and demolition of seven residential properties which are blights on a spot basis. The remaining land will be intended for use as parks and other green spaces which enhance the purpose of better and healthy living.