Avalon gets $55,800 planning grant

State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl has announced that Avalon Borough will receive a $55,800 state grant to develop a five-year financial management plan and operational strategy.

Ravenstahl said the grant, awarded by the Department of Community and Economic Development through its Early Intervention Program, will enable Avalon to deliver services more efficiently and effectively, as well as promote growth.

"The goals of this type of funding mesh well with Governor Tom Wolf’s vision of revitalizing and growing communities across the commonwealth," Ravenstahl said. "I am pleased to see Avalon getting this type of attention and help from the DCED, because the end result is community improvements that benefit everyone."

The Early Intervention Program provides matching grant funds to assist municipalities experiencing fiscal difficulties to develop comprehensive multi-year financial plans and establish short- and long-term financial objectives.

According to Avalon borough manager Lorraine Makatura, Avalon will be required to contribute $6,200 toward the project, which is expected to begin this summer and be complete by the end of the year. She said that the consultant who will be hired is expected to look at a variety of areas, from more efficient administration, to shared services, to capital improvement planning and blighted properties.