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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Scarnati Announces $8.7 Million in State Funding for 25th Senatorial District On July 1, 2016

(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.”

Scarnati explained that in the 25th Senatorial District the following projects were approved across seven counties:

Clearfield County

American Natural Gas, LLC: Project in DuBois City – $615,169 grant (Alternative and Clean Energy Program)

This grant will assist with American Natural Gas’ construction of a public CNG fueling station. The station will be located at an existing Sapp Bros travel center off of I-80. The total project cost is $1,537,924.

CNG Motor Fuels of Clearfield County, Inc.: Project in DuBois City – $1,370,800 grant (Alternative and Clean Energy Program)

This grant will help with CNG Motor Fuels of Clearfield County, Inc’s plans to install a public LNG fueling station at the existing Pacific Pride petroleum-based fuel site located in DuBois City. The station is located near major travel corridors, including I-80 and US 119. CNG Motor Fuels of Clearfield County already has a public CNG station on site. The company anticipates fleets that currently fuel at this location to use both CNG and LNG to fuel their vehicles. The total project cost is $3,427,000.

Clinton County

Avis Borough – $100,000 grant (Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program)

This grant will assist Avis Borough with renovating the facilities of Carl W. Kephart Memorial Park to improve ADA accessibility and functionality of the park. The project includes the construction of an illuminated concrete walkway around the perimeter of the park, electrical circuits, amphitheater style ball field seating, ADA accessible parking and improvements to the existing pavilion. The total project cost is $279,432.

Borough of Mill Hall – $242,000 grant (Multimodal Transportation Fund Program)

This grant will go towards a project to alleviate safety concerns on West Church Street by resurfacing the old, cracked asphalt pavement on the main roadway, re-establishing the crown of the street and replacing the deteriorated concrete curbs and storm water drains. This route is an important roadway for detours during traffic incidents and is one of the primary routes used by members of the Mill Hall Volunteer Fire Company when responding to emergencies. The total project cost is $346,000.

Clinton County – $247,912 grant (Baseline Water Quality Data Program)

This grant will help with Clinton County’s plans to collect and test 62 privately owned domestic supply wells in Clinton 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 $330,412.

Croda, Inc.: Project in Bald Eagle Township – $950,000 grant (Alternative and Clean Energy Program)

This grant will provide support for Croda, Inc.’s installation of a combined heat and power (CHP) system at the Croda manufacturing facility. The facility manufactures chemical compounds that are used in everyday products and currently employs 148 individuals. The total project cost is $3,401,957.

Pine Creek Township Board of Supervisors – $280,000 grant (Multimodal Transportation Fund Program)

This grant will help with replacement of the deteriorating Dutch Hollow Road Bridge. The bridge serves both Pine Creek Township and Watson Township in Lycoming County. The bridge is currently structurally deficient with deteriorated steel bridge beams and the stone abutments needing repairs. It is currently subject to a 15 ton weight limit. The Pine Creek Board of Supervisors will replace the existing bridge with new cast-in-place concrete abutments and a new galvanized steel beam bridge structure, increasing the width of the bridge to 20 feet, as well as increasing the weight limit of the bridge. The total project cost is $400,000.

Elk County

Jones Township – $216,000 grant (Multimodal Transportation Fund Program)

This grant will go towards the project to replace the existing double span bridge on Twin Lakes Road because it has been identified as structurally deficient. The bridge provides access to the Allegheny National Forest, its Twin Lakes recreation area and experimental forest operations, as well as a local excavating business and camping area. The replacement bridge is a single span unit, which will greatly improve erosion and sediment control and eliminate the current fifteen ton weight limit. The total project cost is $308,850.

Jefferson County

CH4 USA, LLC: Project in Ringgold Township – $2,000,000 grant (Alternative and Clean Energy Program)

This grant will help with the purchase and installation of a combined public CNG and LNG production facility and fueling station at the Sunnyside Energy Park. The proposed business park will be situated on 377 acres that currently has 16 natural gas wells on site and over 1,000 in the surrounding area. CH4 USA, LLC will be the first tenant of the new business park, which has the goal of becoming an alternative fuel production complex. The primary function of the facility will be production of CNG and LNG, but will also include fueling stations. The total project cost is $7,681,750.

Jefferson County Conservation District (JCCD): Project in Big Run Borough – $410,000 grant (Flood Mitigation Program)

The PA local flood protection project, constructed in 1964 to improve the channel of Mahoning Creek in Big Run Borough, was rated as unacceptable by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inspection report in 2013. This grant will help the JCCD to work with Big Run Borough to begin correcting the deficiencies outlined by the Army Corps of Engineers inspection report. The total project cost is $518,100.

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.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.

More information regarding programs administered by the CFA can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development website: http://newpa.com/find-and-apply-for-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority.

10 comments :

Anonymous said...

I can't believe out of all these projects paid for with taxpayers dollars one of them is for a SWIMMING POOL! A freakin' swimming pool.
In these hard times what a disgrace , waste, and irresponsible decision.

James Jones said...

That freakin' swimming pool is where my children learned to swim and spent countless hours in the summertime staying out of trouble and having a good time.

While not as important as spending over $5,000. apiece in Potter or Clinton Counties to test 62 private water wells for a total of over $600,000 combined, it certainly is important to the families in Port Allegany who can't afford to have a pool in their backyard.

You might look at some of the other projects funded with the same criteria and ask igf they are appropriate in these hard times.

Anonymous said...

giveaways to the freeloaders and big business at taxpayer expense.The working young will pay for this as the state will go further in debt.Greece here we come

Anonymous said...

They are all more appropriate than a damn swimming pool.

Anonymous said...

Take your kids to the lake or local swimming hole, YOU keep them out of trouble. Tax payers shouldn't have to babysit other peoples kids. Take them swimming, walking, fishing, picking berries, whatever. its not my/our responsibility to give your kids something to do.
My kids bail hay and WORK

Anonymous said...

Amen & Amen totally agree 6:41, there's a lot of things for kids to do besides spending your money on the town pool which I could never afford, Our country is in a state of crisis n monies going to a town pool is just crazy, we had a swimming hole we swam in, we went fishing n we also hayed, I know ppl say times have changed, not for me. I did the same with my grandchildren, we went on pinics, rode bikes, went to school n played tennis, etc,all that money could be put to better use but who am I ?

Anonymous said...

The kids in Galeton would like a community pool also. Nobody gave them a pool at taxpayers expense.

Anonymous said...

Just stop paying your taxes, or just stop bitchin, your choice!

Anonymous said...

I hope the Austin borough water supply is tested and the way it is taken care of should be given a serious look . We have filthy water and never get a test report !

Anonymous said...

Please expound on the $5,208.26 per well for baseline testing! I understand clerical costs, but......