Grants Announced for Two Area Projects

(HARRISBURG) – The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has awarded two grants to area projects, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27), Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108) and Representative David Rowe (R-85).  Through the strong support of all three members, funds were made available by way of the Flood Mitigation program.

“I am pleased to learn that both of these projects have been funded through the CFA” said Senator Gordner.  “I have always been a strong advocate for increasing flood protection for citizens across the 27th Senatorial District.”

The first project, located in Upper Augusta Township, Northumberland County, has been awarded $468,890.  It will entail the completion of Phase I of a flood mitigation project along Little Shamokin Creek.  Phase I includes removal of debris from the flood plain, building 34 multi-log vane deflectors, installation of stream bank stabilization measures and the removal of several trees.  Total cost of the project is estimated to be $573,795.

“Flash flooding and ice jams have been prevalent for this area,” said Representative Culver.  “In collaboration with Upper Augusta Township and other community partners, the implementation of Phase I will start the process of alleviating these issues into the future.”

The second project, located in Middleburg Borough, Snyder County, was awarded $348,300.  It would involve making repairs to the Stumps Run flood protection system.  This includes the installation of new retaining walls and fencing for protection of pedestrians.  Total cost of the project is estimated to be $409,765.

“I am excited to be able to help deliver such a substantial project in my first official week representing the people of Snyder County,” said Representative Rowe.  “These funds will go a long way toward addressing flooding and safety issues along Stumps Run.”

Both municipalities partnered with SEDA-COG in preparing and applying for these grants.

“Stormwater management is a constant challenge in the communities of our region,” said SEDA-COG Executive Director Bill Seigel.  “SEDA-COG is pleased to have partnered with Senator Gordner and Representatives Culver and Rowe in assisting with the funding and implementation of these projects, which will enhance the quality of life for our residents.”

The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus programs.

CONTACT:   Sean Moll (Senator Gordner) 717-787-8928

                        Kevin DiGuiseppe (Representative Schlegel Culver) 717-260-6419

                        Alison Basley (Representative Rowe) 717-772-9843