Of­fi­cials de­liver state grants

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

As the leg­isla­tive ses­sion winds up in Har­ris­burg, and state rep­re­sen­ta­tives and sen­a­tors re­turn to their dis­tricts, many to run for re-elec­tion, they are also bring­ing an­nounce­ments about grants and state aid pack­ages.

In just 48 hours time, no fewer than 10 dif­fer­ent grants and awards from sev­eral state agen­cies were an­nounced for Berks, Ch­ester and Mont­gomery coun­ties in press re­leases from area rep­re­sen­ta­tives and sen­a­tors.

The re­gion’s to­tal take is

$2,500,193, ac­cord­ing to an anal­y­sis by Dig­i­tal First Me­dia.

Here’s a look at what has been an­nounced:

Berks County

• A $93,500 grant for im­prove­ments to wa­ter sup­ply and ser­vice to the con­ces­sion stand at Union Town­ship’s re­cre­ation area and an ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem for area’s recre­ational fields. Fund­ing source: Com­mon­wealth Fi­nanc­ing Au­thor­ity. Politi­cians mak­ing an­nounce­ment: state Rep. David Maloney, R-130th Dist. and state Sen. John Raf­ferty, R-44th Dist.

“Union Town­ship’s project will en­hance a recre­ational area for the ben­e­fit of the com­mu­nity,” Maloney said. “I want to thank the CFA board mem­bers for rec­og­niz­ing the value of these im­prove­ments.”

• $125,000 to Robe­son Town­ship Mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­ity for sewage pump­ing sta­tion No. 1 and No. 2 im­prove­ments. Fund­ing source: Com­mon­wealth Fi­nanc­ing Au­thor­ity through the Small Wa­ter and Sewer Grant Pro­gram.

Ch­ester County

• $154,836 for the Bor­ough of Phoenixville for se­cu­rity cam­eras and up­grades at its wa­ter treat­ment plant. Fund­ing source: Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and the Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion through the Small Wa­ter and Sewer Grant Pro­gram. Politi­cian mak­ing an­nounce­ment: state Sen. An­drew Din­ni­man, D- 19th Dist.

“Ac­cess to clean wa­ter and safe wa­ter treat­ment sys­tems is vi­tal to the health and qual­ity of life in our com­mu­ni­ties. These funds will help lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties pro­vide nec­es­sary wa­ter and sewer in­fra­struc­ture up­grades,” Din­ni­man said. “The im­prove­ments mean more ef­fi­cient, more re­li­able, and more se­cure wa­ter sys­tems for lo­cal res­i­dents and fam­i­lies.”

• $50,000 for the Bor­ough of Phoenixville for play­ground im­prove­ments at Reeves Park. Fund­ing source: Fi­nanced un­der the Mar­cel­lus Shale Le­gacy Fund, through the Com­mon­wealth Fi­nance Au­thor­ity. Politi­cian mak­ing an­nounce­ment: state Sen. An­drew Din­ni­man, D19th Dist.

“These grants will help build on our Ch­ester County tra­di­tion of pre­serv­ing open space and pro­vid­ing top-notch parks and out­door recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties for res­i­dents and fam­i­lies,” Din­ni­man said.

• $100,000 for Woodridge waste­water la­goon re­pair in South Coven­try. Fund­ing source: Com­mon­wealth Fi­nanc­ing Au­thor­ity through the Small Wa­ter and Sewer Grant Pro­gram. Politi­cian mak­ing the an­nounce­ment: state Sen. John Raf­ferty, R44th Dist.

DEP has iden­ti­fied a num­ber of se­ri­ous prob­lems with the sys­tem which in­clude leaks in the la­goon treat­ment sys­tem, de­te­ri­o­rat­ing pip­ing and chang­ing stan­dards for the sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to Raf­ferty. The project will drain and clean the treat­ment la­goon, re­place the pip­ing and valves be­tween the two la­goons, re­place de­te­ri­o­rat­ing valves in the in­flu­ent and dis­posal lines and seal both la­goons. The to­tal project cost is $216,695.

Mont­gomery County

• $61,948 to Lower Fred­er­ick Town­ship for man­hole lin­ing project. Fund­ing source: Com­mon­wealth Fi­nanc­ing Au­thor­ity through the Small Wa­ter and Sewer Grant Pro­gram.

• $200,000 to Re­gal Oaks II sewer ex­ten­sion in Up­per Potts­grove Town­ship. Fund­ing source: Com­mon­wealth Fi­nanc­ing Au­thor­ity through the Small Wa­ter and Sewer Grant Pro­gram. Politi­cians mak­ing the an­nounce­ment: state Sen. Bob Men­sch, R-24th Dist. and state Rep. Marcy Toe­pel, R-147th Dist.

“This project will make a pos­i­tive im­pact on com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial users,” said Men­sch. “I ap­plaud Up­per Potts­grove Town­ship for tak­ing the nec­es­sary steps to move this project for­ward and I am pleased that we are able to pro­vide state funds for this es­sen­tial com­mu­nity plan.”

“Sewer projects are costly, and the bur­den to pay for them typ­i­cally falls on cus­tomers in the form of sys­tem im­prove­ment charges that ap­pear on their bills,” Toe­pel said. “These grants work to off­set project costs and min­i­mize any im­pact on res­i­dents of the 147th District.”

• $419,909 for Lower Potts­grove’s North Val­ley Road sewer re­place­ment project. Fund­ing source: Com­mon­wealth Fi­nanc­ing Au­thor­ity through the Small Wa­ter and Sewer Grant Pro­gram. Politi­cians mak­ing the an­nounce­ment: state Rep. Tom Quigley, R146th Dist. and state Sen. John Raf­ferty, R-44th Dist.

“I worked to se­cure this grant be­cause I knew it would re­duce the re­spon­si­bil­ity cus­tomers would oth­er­wise face through sys­tem im­prove­ment charges on their bills,” Quigley said. “The grant will al­most cover the to­tal project cost of $494,011.”

• $195,000 for Up­per Prov­i­dence Schuylkill River Trail east con­struc­tion. Fund­ing source: Fi­nanced un­der the Mar­cel­lus Shale Le­gacy Fund, through the Com­mon­wealth Fi­nance Au­thor­ity. Politi­cian mak­ing the an­nounce­ment: state Sen. John Raf­ferty, R44th Dist.

The town­ship, in co­op­er­a­tion with Mont­gomery County, pro­poses to con­struct a pedes­trian trail along the Schuylkill River to link the Up­per Schuylkill Val­ley Park with the Schuylkill Canal Tow­path Trail, ac­cord­ing to Raf­ferty. The project will be­gin at the Black Rock Dam and ex­tend to the Up­per Schuylkill Val­ley Park park­ing area for a to­tal length of ap­prox­i­mately 8,000 lin­ear feet. The project is an im­por­tant link in cre­at­ing a loop trail with the Schuylkill River Trail West. The to­tal project cost is $650,000.

• $100,000 to Roy­ers­ford bor­ough’s River­front Park and trail phase IV projects. Fund­ing source: Fi­nanced un­der the Mar­cel­lus Shale Le­gacy Fund, through the Com­mon­wealth Fi­nance Au­thor­ity. Politi­cians mak­ing the an­nounce­ment: state Rep. Tom Quigley, R-146th Dist. and state Sen. John Raf­ferty, R-44th Dist.

“The project, im­pact­ing a mile-long trail be­gin­ning at Main Street and First Av­enue and end­ing near an ex­ist­ing tres­tle bridge, will con­sist of the in­stal­la­tion of 750 lin­ear feet of a 10-foot wide ADA-com­pli­ant trail of a paved, slip-re­sis­tant sur­face. Trail ameni­ties will in­clude a pav­il­ion with four pic­nic ta­bles, two trash re­cep­ta­cles and three benches along the trail, as well as in­ter­pre­tive signs. The to­tal project cost is $572,300” ac­cord­ing to Quigley.

• $1 mil­lion in ad­di­tional state funds for Pottstown School District. Fund­ing source: Penn­syl­va­nia Gen­eral Fund bud­get. Politi­cian mak­ing an­nounce­ment: state Sen. Bob Men­sch, R-24th Dist. at Thurs­day press con­fer­ence.

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