2009-07-23 / Local & State

Rep. Hess Announces $9 Million For Infrastructure

HARRISBURG - Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/Fulton/Huntingdon) Tuesday announced that more than $9 million in lowinterest loans and grants have been awarded to communities in Bedford County for the completion of several infrastructure projects throughout the 78th Legislative District.

"It's always good news when money is being invested in our area to help grow the economy and provide jobs for families," Hess said. "Most importantly, improving local infrastructure provides long-term benefits for the residents of 78th Legislative District."

A total of $9.38 million has been awarded by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST). Created in 1988, PENNVEST provides funding for sewer, storm water and drinking water projects throughout the Commonwealth. These projects not only help to improve Pennsylvania's environment and the health of its people, but they also provide numerous opportunities for economic growth.

A low-interest loan in the amount of $137,802 has been approved for Everett Hardwood Business Park to correct deteriorated storm water infrastructure that has caused basement flooding on site. This will result in improved water quality and less storm water discharge.

The Bedford Township Municipal Authority has been awarded a low-interest loan in the amount of $3.78 million to install iron sewer waterlines, 50 fire hydrants, air release vacuum valves, a curb stop and curb connections. This project will improve public health by preventing water contamination from on-lot septic systems for 327 low-income homes in the Imlertown, Briar Valley Road, Blattenburg/Camp Hughes and Yount areas of Bedford Township.

A loan in the amount of $522,500 is slated for the Borough of Everett Area Municipal Authority to replace old, undersized and leaking waterlines for 965 low-income households in Everett Borough and West Providence Township in Bedford County.

Bedford Borough Municipal Authority has been approved for a loan in the amount of $4.9 million to construct a new wastewater treatment plant, including construction of an ultraviolet disinfection building. This project will benefit 1,304 low-income households in Bedford Borough and Bedford Township.

Six Mile Run Area Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded a grant in the amount of $35,070 to outfit its building to capture rainwater via downspouts into a 10,000-gallon cistern. This will give the company the ability to use the rainwater for use in its restrooms, to replenish the water supply for fire protection during droughts and to clean equipment.

"Public health and safety is of utmost importance in all of these projects," Hess said. "The people in these areas of the 78th Legislative District will benefit tremendously by improved wastewater treatment and storm water drainage."

He noted that PENNVEST offers low-cost financial assistance to help make the water that is consumed by thousands of Pennsylvanians safe and clean to drink. In addition, the agency's funding helps clean rivers and streams in communities for the enjoyment of citizens and the protection of natural resources. PENNVEST also assists businesses that are looking to locate or expand their operations in Pennsylvania to create permanent family-sustaining jobs.

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