With nearly $600,000 in funding requests but with only slightly above $100,000 in available funds for 2017, the Lawrence County Commissioners will be voting on where $84,500 will be allocated among nine municipalities in Lawrence County.
Due to the counties responsibility to maintain only 27 bridges and no roads, the county commonly has an excess of revenue funded by Pennsylvania’s gasoline tax. They often use the excess for distribution among the local municipalities for liquid fuel-eligible projects.
Although commissioners agreed to give money to each community that made a request, none of the municipalities received the full amount requested.
Ellwood City requested $20,800 to use toward the demolition of residential properties along Sixth Street, but were only approved for a total of $10,000.
Enon Valley is set to receive $2,500 for pothole repair, Neshannock requested $396,302 but only $18,000 was approved, Wampum was approved for $10,000 for the paving of Darlington and Cresentdale roads after initially requesting $40,000, and Wayne Township will be getting $7,000 to pave Slippery Rock Drive.
As of Tuesday, Perry Township and New Castle had not submitted appropriate paperwork for their requests but are still expected to receive a total of $25,000 in differing amounts between the two.