Four municipalities in the 35th Senatorial District have been awarded state grants for projects to improve public safety, protect water supplies and enhance recreational activities, according to Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35).
The grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The program is funded with money assessed by the Commonwealth through the state’s Impact Fee, which is paid by the state’s unconventional natural gas producers.
“I’m so pleased that our area will benefit from these grants, which will fund projects that will improve the quality of life for area residents,” Langerholc said. “These are important investments in our natural resources, public safety and economic development, and vital to our future.”
Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority — $249,538 to assist with an extension of the Ghost Town Rail Trail Loop located in Ebensburg Borough and Blacklick Township, Cambria County. Project involves extending the existing trail network by an additional 1.16 miles from Beulah Road in Ebensburg to Nanty Glo. The project will also address storm water management, clean-up of existing culverts, embankment excavation to create an at-grade crossing and trail signs.
Beccaria Township — $14,244 for costs associated with updating their Act 537 Plan to complete a sanitary sewer system extension. The township intends to extend sewer service to the Utahville and Rosebud area. Residents in these areas currently utilize on-lot sewage disposal systems or wildcat sewers.
Upper Yoder Township — $451,900 to work in cooperation with Westmont Borough for the construction of a vehicle turnaround and access road at a recreational area. The project proposes the construction of an access road and turnaround at this facility off State Route 271. These improvements will allow the public to access these outdoor resources via public transport buses and school buses, as well as provide adequate space for these vehicles to turn around.
Everett Borough — $ 42,919 for a preliminary levee assessment and certification feasibility evaluation for a levee system for floodwater management.
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