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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Grant Money OK'd for Hanley Park Project

The City of Bradford has received $75,000 in grant money for installation of the Hanley Park Trail and Fitness Area.

The project is the final leg connecting the Community Parks Trail to Hanley Park. The fitness loop in the upper portion of the park is expected to include trails with information boards marking exercise stations.

The grant from the Greenway Trails & Recreation Program will cover part of the $208,000 cost of the project.

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HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved a total of $2,086,132 for six energy, trail and water and sewer projects in the 25th Senatorial District, announced Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

The projects approved for funding are a part of four different programs that are administered by the CFA, including the Flood Mitigation Program, Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement & Treatment Program, Alternative & Clean Energy Program and Greenways Trails & Recreation Program.

“I am pleased that six 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.”

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

Elk County
West Creek Recreational Trail Association, Inc. - $150,000 grant (Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program) Funding will be used for Phase II of the trail construction along the abandoned rail corridor located in St. Marys City. This 7 mile section of the 18.9 mile corridor starts at St. Marys and ends in Rathbun. The recreational trail will be open to pedestrians, bicyclists, cross country skiers and snowmobilers. The total project cost is $534,072.

Jefferson County
Jefferson County Conservation District (JCCD) - $488,750 grant (Flood Mitigation Program) This project will rehabilitate the existing flood control channel in Sykesville Borough. Results of an inspection conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers indicate the rating of the PA local flood protection project in Sykesville Borough as unacceptable. The unacceptable rating places the project in an inactive status for the Corps Rehabilitation and Inspection Program that provides Federal rehabilitation assistance for damages to the area as a result of a high water event. These grant funds will correct the deficiencies noted in the inspection report in order to return the project to an active status. The total project cost is $575,000.

McKean County
City of Bradford - $75,000 grant (Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program) This project will install the Hanley Park Trail and Fitness Area located within three blocks of the City’s downtown historic district and will be the final leg connecting the Community Parks Trail to the Hanley Park Trail. Funds will also be used to purchase and install new fitness center stations. The total project cost is $208,000.

Potter County
Coudersport Borough - $376,000 grant (Flood Mitigation Program) This project consists of raising both the Mill Creek and Allegheny River Levees to FEMA required levels and perform debris removal in the lower segment of the Mill Creek Levee. Debris removal will allow more water storage and prevent future flooding. The total project cost is $543,989.

Tioga County
Drew Remley Farm - $546,382 grant (Alternative and Clean Energy Program) This grant will aid in the purchase and installation of an anaerobic digester at the farm in Liberty Township. The installation of this digester at the pig farm will produce biogas from manure and waste generated from food manufacturing facilities to generate electricity. The digester will produce 1,909,557 kWh of electricity annually. Excess electricity will be sold to the grid. The total cost of the project is $1,821,271.

Tioga County Concerned Citizens Committee - $450,000 grant (Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment Program) This project consists of the installation of a passive treatment system along Fall Brook located in Ward Township. This will allow for clean-up of the abandoned mine drainage discharge along Fall Brook, a tributary to the Tioga River. The project goal is to improve water quality in two miles of Fall Brook and three miles of Tioga River, to a condition that will support stocked trout and encourage future abandoned mine drainage remediation in other tributaries of the Tioga River. The total project cost is $1,340,405.

According to Scarnati the grants were approved at the October 21st CFA meeting in Harrisburg. Funding for the projects comes from state bond proceeds as well as from money generated by the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee (Act 13 of 2012).

“These important investments will provide for needed growth and updates while also helping to generate local economic development,” Scarnati said. “Just last month at the last CFA meeting our region was awarded funding for a total of eight other projects. I am very pleased that the 25th Senatorial District will again be receiving significant support through this round of awards. I am confident that these projects will provide numerous benefits to our community for decades to come.”

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.

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