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Public Hearings Background Information
Community Development and Housing Needs
Bowling Green Community Enhancement Project
Notice was given in the Cumberland Times-News on Saturday, April 20, 2017, that the Allegany County Commissioners would sponsor public hearings on the following subjects:
To obtain the views of citizens on
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING NEEDS
To offer citizens the opportunity to review an application for funds to assist with the
BOWLING GREEN COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT PROJECT
The hearings will be part of the Allegany County Commissioners’ Public Business Meeting on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. at the Allegany County Office Building, 701 Kelly Road – Room 100, Cumberland.
The Maryland Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a federally sponsored program designed to assist local governments with activities directed toward neighborhood and housing revitalization, economic development and improved community facilities and services. CDBG funds are provided to the State of Maryland from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Maryland’s CDBG program is administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The State of Maryland’s allocation of CDBG funds for FY-2018 is estimated to be $7,205,995. Funds are made available on a competitive basis to small political subdivisions not entitled to direct Federal funding. The maximum CDBG funds available per political subdivision is $800,000.
The projects meet the National Block Grant objective of providing assistance to low- and moderate-income households; i.e., those below 80 percent of the median income for Allegany County and/or housing related projects. The projects are activities that will not result in displacement. The Allegany County Commissioners, however, have anti-displacement and relocation plans, as required.
The projects are also eligible activities for CDBG funds; specifically, they are all for public facilities. The activities that may be undertaken with CDBG funds are:
For the BOWLING GREEN COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT PROJECT, the Allegany County Commissioners propose to submit an application to the Maryland DHCD on or before the May 31, 2017, deadline for a CDBG for $800,000. The Maryland DHCD will accept applications for CDBG’s from eligible jurisdictions throughout the State. A draft application for the BOWLING GREEN COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT PROJECT will be available for review at the Allegany County Department of Economic and Community Development, 701 Kelly Road, Suite 400, Cumberland, MD. This activity will meet the National Block Grant objective of providing assistance to low- and moderate-income households.
Information and records for the BOWLING GREEN COMMUNITY ENHANCENT PROJECT are available for review at the Allegany County Department of Economic and Community Development, 701 Kelly Road, Suite 400, Cumberland. Telephone 301-876-9513. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Advance notice is required.
A fast moving storm on June 12, 2014, resulted in five inches of rain falling in under two hours in Bowling Green. The area experienced severe flooding and sewer backups. This prompted the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) to conduct a survey to identify sources of flooding. Out of 357 households in the project area, 78 households said they had flooding from the storm. SHA and Allegany County held a meeting in Bowling Green on September 25, 2014, which around 50 residents attended. As a result, SHA contracted Whitney Bailey Cox & Magnani, LLC (WBCM) to do a hydrology and hydraulic study of the area. This study was completed in September 2016. It proposed short-, mid- and long-term solutions. The Bowling Green Community Enhancement Project is based on the recommendations from that study.
Currently, the stormwater flows west to east into four major corridors each crossing under the CSX Railroad to the Potomac River. Each existing major corridor consists of upslope flow into the existing Route 220 right of way stormwater system (inlets and pipes) and outfalls at the limits of the Route 220 right of way onto private property. The SHA stormwater outfall points cause deep concentrated flows through private properties until reaching a County road side ditch, culvert cross pipe, or tributary stream to one of the four CSX Railroad crossings.
Also in the project area, there will be replacement of existing iron and galvanized water line pipes in Alley “A”, Alley ‘C” and at the start of Bowling Street. The existing iron pipes are heavily corroded, reducing the flow and resulting in rusty water. The existing galvanized pipes often break.
The project is concerned with storm water drainage and replacing old existing water lines. The project area covers roughly the residential area in Bowling Green below 800 feet sea level. Specifically, it is covering the slope side to the west of Route 220, Route 220, and then the area from Route 220 to the Potomac River. The area is further defined by Moss Avenue being the southern boundary and Milnor Avenue being the northern boundary of the project area. Approximately 5,550 feet of drainage lines and approximately 3,695 feet of water lines will be installed.
The replacement of the drainage lines consists of eight components. The first component is the intersection of Route 220 and Milnor Avenue with improvements to the channel along Milnor Avenue. The second component is the intersection of Route 220 and Aspen Avenue with improvements to the channel along Aspen Avenue. The third component is Route 22 below Robinette Avenue and to North Cresap Street with improvements to the channel near Beech Avenue. The fourth component is Route 220 from Hickory Avenue to Dogwood Avenue with improvements to the channel between Dogwood Avenue and Elm Avenue. The fifth component is the drain line that crosses Long Avenue behind the houses on Route 220. The sixth component is Route 220 from Pecan Avenue to Bunting Street Avenue with improvements to the channel below Bunting Street. The seventh component is Route 220 from below Willow Avenue to before Eagle Avenue with improvements to the channel between Willow Avenue and Division Street. The eighth component is the intersection of Route 220 and Jade Street.
The replacement of the water lines consists of four components. The first component is 2,060 feet down Alley “A”. Alley “A” runs between Route 220 and Bowling Street, from Milnor Avenue to Hickory Avenue. A second component is the replacement of about 325 feet of 4” cast iron pipe on Bowling Street, between Milnor Avenue and Hickory Avenue. A third component extends the existing 6” water line on Bunting Street another 390 feet downhill towards Route 220. The fourth and last component is 920 feet and will connect from the new end of the Bunting Street water line down Alley “C.” Alley “C” runs behind the houses on Route 220 below Bunting Street.
The project cost is estimated to be $2,375,000 overall. $1,400,000 has been secured from the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) and Allegany County will contribute $195,000 in in-kind services for engineering and construction management.