Clinton, Centre communities to receive sewer, land grants

From staff reports

This region’s elected representatives in the state Legislature have announced thousands of dollars in grants for infrastructure improvements in the region.

The City of Lock Haven and Mill Hall Borough will receive more than $250,000 in state funding for improvements to their respective sanitary sewage systems.

In Centre County, Liberty Township is also a grant recipient.

State Sen. Joe Scarnati and state Rep. Mike Hanna said the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved a total of $2,910,348 in state funding for 10 local flood protection, trail, recreation and water projects in the 25th Senatorial District.

“I am very pleased to announce that 10 projects … will be receiving state support for important infrastructure projects,” Scarnati said.

“I commend our local cities, boroughs, organizations and municipal authorities for seeking out support and receiving these substantial grants. These projects will certainly provide numerous benefits to our region for decades to come.”

“I am happy to announce that a number of our communities have been awarded grants that will allow them to continue or begin important projects,” Hanna said.

“These types of projects are critical to the health and well-being of all of us, whether by improving our access to reliable sewage service, or by preserving our ability to explore and enjoy the outdoors.”

The projects approved for funding are a part of four different programs that are administered by the CFA, including the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program, Greenways Trails and Recreation Program, Flood Mitigation Program and Watershed Restoration Protection Program.

The financing was approved at the Sept. 18 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.

The local approved projects are:

– $246,440 to the City of Lock Haven (Pennsylvania Small Water & Sewer Program).. Funding will support the City with installation upgrades at its wastewater treatment facility. An onsite utility water system will be installed to reuse the plant’s effluent water. The new system will improve the efficiency of treatment operations resulting in savings for power consumption as well as water conservation. The project will eliminate the facility’s dependence on the city’s public drinking water supply and the associated costly water bills.

The total project cost is $289,930.

– $104,300 to Mill Hall Borough (Pennsylvania Small Water & Sewer Program). The grant will provide support for the rehabilitation of 22 sanitary sewer lateral pipes in Mill Hall Borough.

The borough will install cured-in-place pipe lining in thirteen sanitary sewer lateral pipes along West Church Street and nine sanitary sewer lateral pipes along East Arch Street.

The 555 linear feet of new lining will be installed in clay pipes to stop groundwater infiltration.

The total project cost is $158,000.

-$220,000 grant to replace a deteriorating sanitary sewer system and upgrade pump station No. 2. The township proposes to make improvements to their existing sanitary system that flows to the existing Bald Eagle State Park wastewater treatment plant.

The project involves replacement of Pump Station No. 2’s level sensor, pump control panel, automatic transfer switch, emergency generator, and the replacement of 1,600 linear feet of the existing 8-inch sanitary sewer line from manhole to manhole along North Beech, Pine and Maple streets.

The project also includes the replacement of 12 manholes and eight sewer lateral connectors.

The total project cost is $490,500.

– $150,000 to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to assist with a land acquisition near Bald Eagle State Forest in Haines Township, Centre County.

Once completed, the land will be managed by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for hiking, hunting and fishing.

The 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.