HARRISBURG – Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton) announced that four improvement projects in the 138th Legislative District will benefit from nearly $570,000 in state funding approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) in Harrisburg today.
Projects receiving funding through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program include:
• The Wind Gap Municipal Authority, which was awarded a $300,000 grant for a sewer line project along Roosevelt Street. Replacing 1,200 feet of the existing clay pipes with PVC. The total project cost is $387,272.
• The Bethlehem Township Municipal Authority, which was awarded a $100,000 grant for the construction of a regional pump station along Church Road. By extending public sewer service to residents, the need for on-lot sewer disposal usage will be eliminated and the risk of ground contamination will be minimized. The total project cost is $326,000.
“The Wind Gap project is part of an ongoing program dealing with the inflow and infiltration issues regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection,” said Hahn. “I am please it was approved for funding and look forward to the project’s completion.”
Projects receiving funding through the Greenway, Trails and Recreation Program include:
• Lower Nazareth Township, which was awarded $145,000 to renovate Newberg Community Park. The project includes construction of a 1.5-mile loop trail with educational nature stations, and the purchase and installation of ADA-compliant playground equipment. The total project cost is $417,102.
• Pen Argyl Borough, which was awarded $24,776 to complete a feasibility study of the Weona Community Pool, which closed in 2013 due to increasing maintenance costs and liability concerns. The study will determine the size, construction and amenities for a new pool and facilities. The total project cost is $37,164.
“Information obtained through the study will help Pen Argyl Borough officials make an informed decision as to whether to construct a new pool or utilize the existing pool site for a new construction initiative,” Hahn added. “I wholeheartedly supported the grant application because the project will benefit residents in the Slate Belt area.”
The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program offers grants for small water and sewer infrastructure projects and can be used to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system.
The Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program offers grants for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects. It is supported by the Marcellus Legacy Fund established by Act 13 of 2012.
Representative Marcia Hahn
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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