(HARRISBURG) – – State Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and State Representative Kurt Masser (R-107) today urged the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) to release $3 million for completion of the Danville Flood Control Project. The project not only represents the final component of the borough’s flood protection system, but is also a critical component of the decision making process related to the flooded Danville Middle School.
“The devastation that occurred at the Danville Area Middle School represented a major upheaval due to the millions of dollars in damages that has caused the school to be closed indefinitely and has forced students into temporary facilities” said Sen. Gordner. “This situation has created less than favorable conditions for the students and teachers.”
The Senator and the Representative have written to Community and Economic Development Secretary Alan Walker, who serves on the CFA Board, along with Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi and House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, who appoint members to the CFA Board. The Board meets on January 25 and could consider projects under the H2O Program, which is currently funded.
“The H2O PA program that was enacted in 2008 authorized up to $100 million for flood control projects,” said Rep. Masser. “To date, only $14.6 million of the $100 million has been authorized from this program for flood control mitigation.”
Danville has completed engineering and design work for the final component of the flood control project, and has an application before the CFA.
“The project has received all necessary permits and approvals from the state agencies that have oversight for flood control facilities. This essential project is shovel ready. We are respectfully requesting that the CFA at its next scheduled meeting place flood control projects on the agenda for funding consideration,” said Sen. Gordner and Rep. Masser.
Danville Area School District officials are meeting with state and federal emergency agencies to plan a strategy for reconstruction of the Middle School. Certain funding strategies and decisions are contingent upon the location of the school. If the school is maintained at the current site, completion of the flood control system is necessary.