(HARRISBURG) – The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved a total of $1,155,499 in state funding for 6 local 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 six 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 four different programs that are administered by the CFA, including the Flood Mitigation Program, the Sewage Facilities Program, the Greenways Trails and Recreation Program and the First Industries Program.
Scarnati, who was instrumental in securing this funding, explained that of the more than $1.15 million in local funding being distributed, $755,499 is for grants and $400,000 is for a low interest loan.
The financing was approved at the October 24th CFA meeting in Harrisburg. Funding for the projects comes from money generated by the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee (Act 13 of 2012) and Commonwealth Financing Authority Bonds.
“These projects will certainly provide numerous benefits to our community for decades to come,” Scarnati said. “It is wonderful that these important local projects are receiving state support.”
Scarnati explained that in the 25th Senatorial District the following projects were approved across five counties:
- Emporium Borough – $400,000 grant (Flood Mitigation Program)
This grant will aid with the rehabilitation of the Plank Road Hollow flood protection system. In 1962 the former PA Department of Forests and Waters constructed the existing flood protection system and turned it over to Emporium Borough for operation and maintenance. In June 2015 an inspection took place which reported the need for multiple updates. The total project cost is $497,780.
- City of DuBois - $100,000 grant (Sewage Facilities Program)
This grant will assist the City of DuBois with conducting a planning study to update the City’s existing Act 537 Municipal Sewage Facilities Plan located in Sandy Township. The study will examine structural and nonstructural alternatives to reduce sewer overflows and the overall performance of the wastewater treatment plant. The total project cost is $234,202.
- Western Clinton County Municipal Authority - $10,499 grant (Sewage Facilities Program)
This grant will go towards planning costs associated with updating the Act 537 plan in Renovo Borough. Western Clinton County Municipal Authority is preparing an Act 537 plan update to evaluate the options for upgrading the existing wastewater treatment plant to address deficiencies in the current system, aging equipment, clogging pipes and nitrogen levels. The total project cost is $20,998.
- Potter County Redevelopment Authority - $95,000 grant (Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program)
This grant will help with the feasibility study for Galeton Dam on Berger Lake located in Galeton Borough. Sediment has been accumulating behind the dam and reducing the depth of the lake, making it unsafe for recreation and severely degrading fish habitat and water quality. The study will evaluate three future options for the Galeton Dam including repairing the dam and incorporating a fish passage, replacing the dam with rock arch rapids or complete removal of the dam. The total project cost is $115,000.
- Mansfield Borough - $150,000 grant (Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program)
This grant will help with the rehabilitation of the Graydon Scott South Academy Street Playground. The existing play structure and pavilion will be removed and replaced with new playground equipment, swings, a new pavilion, safety surfacing, fencing, ADA parking, concrete sidewalks and a reconditioning of the basketball court. In addition there will be new basketball hoops, park benches, trash receptacles, signage and landscaping. The total project cost is $184,119.
- David Metzler - $400,000 loan (First Industries Program)
This loan will be used to help with the construction of a poultry facility located in Shippen Township, outside of Wellsboro. The new facility will include an automatic packing facility and a cooling unit. The facility will house 40,000 breeding hens and roosters. The total project cost is $1,805,000.