By Keith Gushard

Meadville Tribune

A dozen Crawford County municipalities and municipal authorities have been granted more than $69,000 from the county toward their COVID-19 pandemic expenses.

Approved by county commissioners Wednesday, the money is the first of what will be two rounds of grants for municipalities.

Funding for the grants is coming from a $7,642,748 block grant for COVID-19 relief from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Pennsylvania received $625 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds. The $7.6 million grant is the county’s share of the state grant.

Receiving grants are Bloomfield Township, $711.56; Conneaut Lake Borough $2,110.72; Conneautville Borough, $2,523.75; City of Meadville, $25,322.54; City of Titusville, $9,358.66; Hayfield Township, $2,067.98; Meadville Area Recreation Authority, $752.34; Meadville Area Sewer Authority, $2,364.93; Sadsbury Township $3,104.77; Saegertown Borough, $3,104.77; West Mead Township, $925.01; and Vernon Township, $17,259.04.

Saturday is the application deadline for other municipalities and municipal authorities to apply for pandemic expense grants from the county.

So far, there are 12 applications pending for the second round of municipal grants, Zach Norwood, the county's planning director, said. The county's Planning Office is overseeing the municipal grant applications.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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