For Immediate Release
November 21, 2011
State Approves $2 Million for Local Infrastructure
Today, State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf announced that
applications for state funding were approved for four projects in the townships
of Upper Southampton, Warminster, Lower Moreland and for the North Wales Water
Authority. Each of the four projects will receive $500,000. The money will
fund storm water management and infrastructure development. Senator Greenleaf
sponsored the grants and strongly advocated for their approval.
The funding is awarded through Pennsylvania's Redevelopment
Assistance Capitol Program (RACP)—a Commonwealth grant program administered by
the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional
economic, cultural, civic, and historical improvement projects. A project is
eligible for RACP funding only if it has been written into an act—such as a
Capital Budget Project Itemization Act—passed by the General Assembly and signed
into law by the Governor. In today's economic climate, limited capital is being
focused on projects that display the highest potential for improving economic
growth and the creation of jobs.
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Upper Southampton: Construct and repair storm water
facilities such as storm inlets, pipes, basins, storm water storage areas,
culverts, stream bank stabilization, stream channel realignments, easement
acquisition, legal and engineering design and inspection.
Warminster: Regional Stormwater and Basin Improvements.
Lower Moreland: Along with the Township's Revitalization
District, a feasibility study was done for a greenway in the Philmont Ave.
corridor. RACP funding will complete Phase I of the plan, which is detailed in
the feasibility study. The two main aspects of Phase 1 are to establish a trail
from the Bethayres train station to the existing sidewalk on Red Lion Rd., and
to extend the sidewalk on Welsh Rd. from Terwood Drive to the post office.
North Wales Water Authority: Funding will be used for
the decommissioning of the old wastewater treatment plant, removal and recycling
of materials from the premises, important environmental evaluations and site
cleanup, as well as site restoration.
"This funding is vital to our local municipalities to help
update waste water and other infrastructure that is needed to protect human
health and property," said Senator Greenleaf. "Storm water management is
perennially one of the greatest challenges our local governments face. If storm
water is improperly managed, it may result in flooding, water contamination, and
other environmental hazards."
"These projects are as well an economic benefit—they create
jobs. Our infrastructure is in need of improvement weather for storm water,
sidewalks, or roads and bridges. Improved infrastructure attracts businesses to