Eighteen Westmoreland County municipalities could collectively leave nearly $ 2.5 million on the table, according to County Commissioner Doug Chew, if they do not seek pandemic relief funds by the deadline. this week.
Chew learned that as of Friday, 18 local communities had not applied for their share of the American Rescue Plan Act funds. He noted that June 30 – Wednesday – is the deadline to apply for funding, through the State Department of Community and Economic Development.
“There are many uses for these ARP funds where county and local municipalities could synergize by combining funds for maximum impact,” Chew said. “I cannot believe that our common constituents cannot benefit from improved broadband or improved sewer or water supply infrastructure.
Johnna A. Pro, Regional Director of DCED, informed Westmoreland Commissioners that the following municipalities did not apply on Friday: Adamsburg, Arona, Avonmore, Delmont, Export, Hunker, Irwin, Madison, New Alexandria, New Florence, North Belle Vernon, the boroughs of Penn, Seward, Sutersville, West Leechburg and Youngstown; and the townships of Salem and St. Clair.
Chew said municipalities in Westmoreland that need help applying for funds can contact Pro, at [email protected], or the Chew office, at 724-830-3102.