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UDC Awards 11 Technical Assistance Grants

NARROWSBURG – The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) voted on Oct. 2 to award $28,928 in Fiscal Year 2015 Technical Assistance Grants for 11 projects that help fulfill goals of the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.

The latest grant round brings the cumulative amount to $774,322 that the UDC has provided to its member municipalities since 1988. In all, 230 projects have been funded through the Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) program.

Combined requests for applications submitted by the Aug. 22 deadline totaled $49,438. A special meeting of the Project Review Committee took place on Sept. 9 to deliberate. That committee provided a recommendation to the full Council for action at its Oct. 2 monthly meeting. The UDC’s new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1. Mid-term progress reports by the successful grantees are due to the UDC by Feb. 27, 2015. The deadline for project completions is August 21, 2015.

Technical Assistance Grants are available for research, planning, and studies conducted by the UDC’s eight member New York towns (Hancock, Fremont, Delaware, Cochecton, Tusten, Lumberland, Highland, and Deerpark), five Pennsylvania townships (Damascus, Berlin, Lackawaxen, Shohola, and Westfall), and their encompassing five river corridor counties. They can provide seed money for a municipality to embark on a project without having to dip into local tax dollars. Multiple applications are allowed.

Buckingham and Manchester Townships would be eligible to receive this member benefit if they joined the UDC.

The approved Fiscal Year 2015 TAG recipients are:

  • Town of Delaware – $6,670 to complete three phases of codification for all its local laws and
  • Town of Fremont – $4,018 to acquire and install a Building and Code Enforcement Software Program with training provided
  • Shohola Township – $3,900 to graphically design and produce history-related kiosk panels
  • Sullivan County – $3,000 to contract with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for an eagle
    educational and interpretive initiative
  • Town of Lumberland – $2,800 to create topographic maps, and to acquire and install Complaint
    Tracking software for the Code Enforcement Office
  • Damascus Township – $2,500 to revise the Township Communications Ordinance
  • Berlin Township – $2,312 to prepare and publish a construction manual for sanitary sewers and appurtenances, and to print new Sign & Subdivision Ordinances
  • Town of Highland – $1,500 to upgrade the town’s website and draft a written social media policy
  • Town of Fremont – $1,134 to print and distribute “The Echo” newsletter as published by the Basket Historical Society of the Upper Delaware Valley
  • Town of Tusten – $552 to create topographic maps with parcel boundary lines and the river corridor
  • Town of Highland – $542 to create soil maps and update the town’s zoning maps to include an overlay of the river corridor.

To access a directory of the UDC’s Technical Assistance Grants from 1988-2014, review program guidelines, and download forms the Grants section. Contact UDC Resource Specialist Travis O’Dell at (845) 252-3022 or with any questions.


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