HARRISBURG – State Rep. Ann Flood (R-Northampton) today in Harrisburg announced local families, workers and residents will benefit from approximately $612,000 in local share account grants that are funded through gaming revenue generated by Wind Creek Bethlehem in Northampton County and Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County. Local share account grants support economic development, community improvement and public interest projects through gaming funds under Act 71 of 2004.
“These grants will provide a variety of benefits for people in our local communities,” Flood said. “Small municipal governments such as townships and boroughs can use money from these grants to purchase dump trucks to plow snow and police cruisers to patrol the streets. These grants fund the essential government services we too often overlook, but desperately need. Few people think about a boiler in a township building until they’re at a town meeting in January without heat. These dollars help local governments serve Pennsylvanians.”
Grants have been approved for the following projects in the amounts listed:
• Lower Nazareth Township ($42,000) – to purchase 27 portable radios and other accessories for the Colonial Regional Police Department, which serves Lower Nazareth and Hanover townships in Northampton County.
• Bath Borough ($29,000) – to upgrade the boiler system by purchasing a new gas boiler to provide more efficient heating with reduced maintenance costs at the borough building used by the Borough of Bath Public Works Department and the Bath Volunteer Fire Department. The transition from the current oil-fired boiler to the new gas-fired burner is anticipated to provide a savings of 67% in annual fuel costs.
• Bushkill Township ($168,000) – to pay for part of the purchase of a new dump truck complete with snowplow and salt spreader.
• Moore Township Police Department ($100,000) – to obtain 20 portable wheel load weight scales, which they will share with the police departments in Bushkill Township and Chapman Borough to combat the deterioration of local roads and bridges by identifying overweight vehicles driving on them.
• East Allen Township ($60,000) – to replace an old, high-maintenance vehicle by purchasing a new municipal pickup truck to be used for park maintenance.
• Pen Argyl Borough ($105,000) – to enhance festivals, community events and public gatherings by renovating the two concession stands – a sausage stand and hamburger stand – in Weona Park, which will benefit from upgrades to the electrical, plumbing and light systems; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements to better serve all visitors; installation of new refrigeration and freezer units as well as new grill hoods and exhausts; and a new metal roof will be installed on the sausage stand.
• Pen Argyl Borough ($79,000) – to purchase two 2021 Dodge Charger sedans equipped with spotlights and sirens for the Slate Belt Regional Police Commission, which will replace older, high-mileage vehicles in the commission’s fleet.
• Hanover Township ($29,000) – to acquire two mobile license plate readers and have them installed in two Colonial Regional Police Commission Ford Interceptor police vehicles that serve residents in Hanover and Lower Nazareth townships.
“Many of these wonderful investments will benefit local residents for years to come,” Flood said. “People often hear about disagreement and turmoil in government, but this was a case where state Sen. Mario Scavello and I worked together to support these projects. This is good news at a time when we all could really use some.”
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Representative Ann Flood
138th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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