Gordner, Culver Announce Area Grants

(HARRISBURG) – The Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded grants to municipalities in Northumberland and Snyder Counties, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108).

Lewis Township, Northumberland County has been granted $1,500,000 from the H2O PA and PA Small Water and Sewer programs for improvements to its wastewater treatment system as part of a larger regionalization effort of facilities located in Lewis Township and Delaware Township, Northumberland County.  The Township is planning upgrades to its wastewater facility that includes extension of public sewage service to 19 homes along Schell and Koch Road and an extension of service at Susquehanna Trail that ties in 73 residential customers and Warrior Run School District.  It also includes a regionalization project with Milton Regional Sewer Authority by connecting 186 homes in Lewis Township and 25 homes in Delaware Township to an existing force main on Vincent Avenue.

“I am pleased that the CFA recognized our strong advocacy for these grant requests,” said Senator Gordner.  “These funds will go a long way toward regionalizing and improving wastewater treatment capabilities for residents in this part of the county.”  Total cost for the project is $3,332,812.

“This is a big day for many local municipalities,” said State Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver. “With the help of the CFA grant money, safe and effective treatment of wastewater will be accomplished for many years to come.”

SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG), a community and economic development agency, assisted the townships by writing and submitting the grant applications, said SEDA-COG Community Relations Manager Kristen Moyer.

“We are thrilled that the grants for Lewis and Delaware Townships have been awarded. The funds will enhance the quality of life for residents, a central part of SEDA-COG’s mission. We help our communities have adequate sewer systems, and while much of this work is underground and unseen, it is one of the vital services we provide,” Moyer said.

Two other local entities also received grants from the CFA.

Snydertown Borough, Northumberland County will receive a $336,260 grant through the PA Small Water and Sewer program for the replacement of the wastewater treatment facility located along South Main Street in Snydertown Borough, Northumberland County.  Total cost of the project will be $395,600.

Freeburg Municipal Authority will receive $418,302 through the PA Small Water and Sewer program to implement an ion exchange treatment system located in Washington Township, Snyder County.  The total cost of the project is estimated to be $492,121.

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

CONTACT:  Mike Stephens mstephens@pasen.gov