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UDC Awards 2011 Technical Assistance Grants

NARROWSBURG – The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) has awarded $16,700 in Technical Assistance Grants for six projects that will further goals and address needs identified in the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.

The latest grant round brings the cumulative amount to $673,092 that the UDC has provided to its member municipalities since 1988. In all, 194 projects have been funded through the Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) program.
Member municipalities submitted applications by a July 13 deadline.

Combined requests totaled $20,750. A special meeting of the Project Review Committee to deliberate over the applications took place on August 10. The full Council approved the recommended slate at its October 7 monthly meeting.

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 the encompassing river corridor counties.

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

TAG awards can provide seed money for a municipality to embark on a project without having to dip into local tax dollars.

The approved recipients are:

Town of Cochecton, NY – $3,880 to create a town website to post laws and ordinances, as well as other information for residents and visitors.

Town of Lumberland, NY – $2,800 to conduct a Needs Assessment Feasibility Study for a new Town of Lumberland Police/Court Facility.

Town of Deerpark, NY – $2,600 to update and print the Town of Deerpark’s tri-fold map brochure describing points of interest and town information.

Town of Tusten, NY – $2,520 to develop a Road Use Agreement Permit Process and Road Preservation Local Law in cooperation with the Multi-Municipal Gas Drilling Task Force.

Shohola Township, PA – $2,500 to research laws and court decisions in Pennsylvania to assist in producing a pamphlet outlining positions and actions for PA township supervisors regarding natural gas projects in their townships.

Town Delaware, NY – $2,400 to prepare an index for the Town Zoning Law and post the document on the town’s website with electronic links.

The deadline for completion of the six grant projects is July 25, 2011. To access a directory of the UDC’s Technical Assistance Grants from their inception, review program guidelines, and download forms, please Grant Program.


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