HARRISBURG – Sen. Joe Pittman (R-41) and Reps. Jim Struzzi (R-62) and Brian Smith (R-66) announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has awarded over $3.1 million for numerous Indiana County municipal projects and purchases.
“At a time when many families and communities are feeling a strain from inflation, state investments play an even greater role in helping to strengthen our local region,” Pittman said. “I’m glad to have worked with my fellow elected officials to help secure this funding, which will ensure the advancement of several projects for the benefit of area residents throughout Indiana County.”
A $500,000 Multimodal Transportation Fund grant was awarded to West Wheatfield Township, to help with the cost of the replacement of the Caroline Street Bridge superstructure within the township.
The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth.
The remainder of the grants are from the Local Share Account (LSA) funding, which was distributed to various municipalities throughout Indiana County.
“I applaud these grant recipients for taking the initiative in applying for these competitive grants, and am glad we were able to work as a team to secure this funding,” Struzzi added. “The investments being made through these grants help grow and sustain our local communities and improve the quality of life for their residents.”
The largest award of $1,000,000 went to West Mahoning Township to construct a township building.
“This grant money will go a long way in helping to build a new township building and ensure that operations are up and running to support area residents,” Smith said. “As always, I am proud to advocate for these important projects that help alleviate the burden on local taxpayers, and bring investments back home to our communities where they will be appropriately implemented.”
A $400,000 grant was awarded to the Indiana County Municipal Services Authority to upgrade the water treatment plant located in Rayne Township. The authority also received a $90,090 grant for a water treatment plant upgrade project in Pine Township.
Blairsville Municipal Authority received a $344,000 grant to rehabilitate the sanitary sewer system along Liberty Street between 4th Avenue and Graff Street located in Blairsville Borough.
Other funding awards included:
- Indiana Borough received a $202,025 grant for a project to replace the Marsh Run gabion;
- The Central Indiana County Water Authority was awarded $150,000 to replace the existing water line located along South Main Street in Homer City Borough;
- Indiana County received $150,000 for improvements to the Buttermilk Falls entrance road located in West Wheatfield Township;
- Clymer Borough was awarded $84,554 to purchase new street signs and parking meters.
- White Township received $94,977 for upgrades to Kennedy-King Park and $81,230 for a road safety improvement project; and
- Saltsburg Borough received $73,971 for a new tractor.
LSA funding was created by the PA Race Horse Development and Gaming Act (Act 71 of 2004), which provides for the distribution of gaming revenues through the CFA to support projects in the public interest within Pennsylvania. The grants were approved at the March 16, 2023, meeting in Harrisburg.
Kate Flessner (Sen. Pittman) email@example.com
Scott Little (Rep. Struzzi) Slittle@pahousegop.com
Ty McCauslin (Rep. Smith) Tmccausl@pahousegop.com