Saturday, July 2, 2016

Money headed to Potter, McKean & Tioga counties

(HARRISBURG) – The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved a total of $8,780,794 in state funding for 13 local transportation, energy, flood protection, trail, recreation and water projects in the 25th Senatorial District, announced Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).
“I am extremely pleased to announce that thirteen projects in our region have received state funding for important public improvements to better serve area residents and businesses,” Scarnati said.  “I commend our local cities, businesses, organizations and municipal authorities for seeking out support and receiving these substantial grants and loan.”
The projects approved for funding are a part of five different programs that are administered by the CFA, including the Alternative and Clean Energy Program, Baseline Water Quality Data Program, Flood Mitigation Program, Greenways Trails & Recreation Program and Multimodal Transportation Fund Program. 
According to Scarnati, of the more than $8.7 million in local funding being distributed, $6,780,794 is for grants and $2,000,000 is for a low interest loan.
The financing was approved at the July 1st CFA meeting in Harrisburg.  Funding for the projects comes from money generated by the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee (Act 13 of 2012), the Transportation Funding Plan (Act 89 of 2013) and Commonwealth Financing Authority Bonds.
“These projects will certainly provide numerous benefits to our community for decades to come,”
Scarnati said.  “After working on funding for many of these projects for over a year, it is wonderful that today, we are finally seeing these critical investments made.”

McKean County
Port Allegany Area Recreation Authority: Project in Port Allegany Borough - $126,913 grant (Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program)
This grant will assist the Port Allegany Area Recreation Authority with Phase 1 of a Pool Renovation Project. The Port Allegany community pool was last renovated in 1979.  The facility consists of a main pool, training pool and wading pool with concrete decking, fencing and a lawn sunbathing area.  The pool services multiple municipalities in McKean and Potter Counties.  The total renovation will bring the pool into compliance with ADA and Ansi standards, install more efficient and environmentally friendly chemical and filtration systems, as well as a new heater.  The total cost of the project is $149,310.
Potter County
Potter County - $222,000 grant (Baseline Water Quality Data Program)
This grant will help with Potter County’s plans to collect and test 62 privately owned domestic supply wells in Potter County.  A groundwater dataset is needed to characterize the current water-quality conditions of domestic supply wells and provide a baseline against which future water-quality changes could be evaluated.  The total project cost is $322,912.
Tioga County
  • Hydro Recovery LP: Project in Blossburg Borough- $2,000,000 loan (Alternative and Clean Energy Program)
This loan will help with Hydro Recovery LP’s purchase and installation of a 2,600 kW cogeneration system at the existing Blossburg water treatment plant.  The cogeneration system is part of a $10.2 million expansion, which includes the incorporation of a new evaporator unit technology.  The plant currently treats fracking water and other industrial fluids and is being expanded to include an evaporation system, which will purify water to discharge standards, and provide for additional storage.  The total project cost is $7,094,425.