Brooks, Wentling and Bonner Announces $6.3 Millon in Grants Benefitting Mercer County

HARRISBURG – Mercer County received more than $6.3 million in funding awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) to support water, sewer and arts projects, according to Sen. Michele Brooks (R-50), Rep. Parke Wentling (R-7) and Rep. Tim Bonner (R-17).

“I always appreciate the opportunity in partnering with our local communities to help target investment dollars for locally planned infrastructure improvement projects,” Brooks said. “These grants help offset the significant costs that would otherwise likely be passed on to residents and businesses. Local infrastructure systems continue to add to the economic growth and viability for our county.”

The following projects were funded through CFA’s Small Water and Sewer (SWS) Program:

  • Hermitage Municipal Authority received $331,000 to purchase low-pressure sewer system grinder pumps in the City of Hermitage.
  • Sharon City received $125,000 to remove and replace catch basins.
  • Springfield Township received $283,891 for a sanitary sewer system repair project.

“Infrastructure projects like the Hermitage Municipal Authority’s Sewer Extension on South Neshannock Road can be very costly,” Wentling said. “I’m glad to see this funding will be used to make improvements for our residents.”

The following projects were funded through CFA’s H20 PA Program:

  • Grove City Borough received $2 million to assist in constructing a new water treatment plant to service all of Grove City.
  • Hermitage Municipal Authority received nearly $1.1 million for the extension of a sanitary sewer along South Neshannock, Virginia and Miller roads.
  • Wilmington Township received $400,000 to expand its sewer service network.
  • Sandy Lake Borough received almost $2.1 million for water system improvements located in Sandy Lake Borough and Sandy Lake Township.

“Investing in these projects is an essential aspect of ensuring a safe and accessible water supply within our communities,” said Bonner. “I was pleased to support these projects to ensure proper funding to our community to get these projects done.”

Another grant in the amount of $29,028 was awarded to Hope Center for Arts and Technology Inc. for its operating expenses. The funding comes from the PA Arts and Culture Recovery Program, which dedicates funding to nonprofit arts and culture organizations, local arts and culture districts, and arts and culture professionals to ensure the stability and recovery of the state’s arts and culture sector post pandemic.

“Additionally, this Arts and Culture Recovery grant for the Hope Center will aid them in continuing their important work in the community,” Brooks said. 

Established by the General Assembly in 2008, the H2O PA Program provides for single-year and multi-year grants for the construction of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects; the construction or renovation of flood control projects; and the repair or rehabilitation of high-hazard unsafe dams.

The SWS Program provides grants for small water, sewer and storm water infrastructure projects. Municipalities and municipal authorities that own and maintain a public water supply, sanitary sewer or storm water system are eligible to apply as long as their projects exceed a total cost of $30,000.

CONTACT: Adam Gingrich, 717-787-1322

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