Boat dock, snow removal, fire company, trail get state grants

From staff reports

LOCK HAVEN – A new boat dock, snow removal equipment, improvements to the South Renovo fire company property and rehabilitation of a bridge key to a new hiking trail are all included in separate grant announcements this week by state Rep. Mike Hanna Sr., Clinton-Centre counties.

The City of Lock Haven will receive $200,000 from the state for snow removal equipment.

Lock Haven said it will use the funds to buy a new plow truck with a salt spreader, plus a wheel loader and skid steer to help load salt into trucks at its municipal salt storage area. The new truck will help expand the city’s snow removal operations on its streets, whereas the other equipment will make it more efficient for snow to be loaded into city trucks along with Keystone Central School District and Lock Haven University snow removal vehicles.

The money comes through the Governor’s Municipal Relief Program, a competitive grant operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

In addition, a fire company and two Clinton County water projects are the beneficiaries of three separate state grants.

The South Renovo Fire Co., has been selected to receive a $10,000 grant to help pave a parking lot for the fire company’s new pavilion, add additional handicapped parking, and provide additional parking for the fire company and the senior center located in the fire company building.

“This paving project will be beneficial to the fire company, but also everyone in South Renovo who utilizes the new pavilion,” Hanna said. “Western Clinton County as a whole should be commended for its community spirit and hard work improving local services in our area.”

Another two grants were awarded to the Haines-Woodward Municipal Authority ($14,000) to assist with the drilling of a second well, and the Mountain Top Water Authority ($34,000) to repair and replace water lines.

“As we have seen over the last few years, maintaining our aging public water infrastructure is ongoing and critical for the well-being of our communities,” Hanna said. “We need to find as much state aid as possible to improve reliability, and I am glad these funds will be put to use ensuring that the people of Centre County get better access to safe drinking water.”

Funding for the projects was made available through the Keystone Communities grant program, which can be used for planning activities, facade grant programs, accessible housing programs and development grants. It encourages public and private sector partnerships, and allows communities to tailor assistance to meet specific revitalization efforts.

Also, a $14,250 grant was awarded to the city to assist in the creation of a 60-foot boat dock along the banks of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.

The dock, to be placed near the Corman Amphitheater and Jay Street Bridge, is designed to provide boaters with a connection to Lock Haven, and is designed to be removed during winter or high water events.

“I am pleased to announce this grant for Lock Haven,” Hanna said. “This is an excellent project that will further tie together the wonderful recreational opportunities of the river with the shops, restaurants and events downtown. The Susquehanna is a wonderful resource, and I am happy to support a project that will make it more attractive while also supporting economic growth in town.”

The grant was awarded by the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Keystone Communities program, which is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities, social and economic diversity, and a strong and secure quality of life.

Finally, Hanna announced an $84,700 grant to rehabilitate a former railroad bridge into a multi-use trail.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s Community Conservation Partnership Program supplied the grant, which will support the project portion over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River on the Bald Eagle Trail.

“I am pleased to announce this funding for Clinton County,” Hanna said. “As we all know, the Susquehanna is an incredible resource, and this funding will aid the county in creating a bridge rehabilitation that, when finished, will provide never-before-seen views of our river and continue to support economic growth in town.”

The funding will be used to aid the county in conducting field inspections, engineering design, utility coordination, and construction planning for the pedestrian and bike bridge across the West Branch to eventually connect Lock Haven to Jersey Shore and its Pine Creek Rail-Trail.