Gillen, Maloney Announce Infrastructure Grants for Three Berks County Municipalities
5/10/2011

State Reps. Mark Gillen (R-Berks) and David Maloney (R-Berks) today announced Robeson, Ruscombmanor and Union townships are the recipients of grants through Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development’s H2O PA program. Debt service on the bonds used to fund these grants is being paid from a portion of gaming proceeds that are deposited in the Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund.   

“While we live in difficult economic times and must be particularly conscious of our every dollar spent, we need to continue to plan for better days that lie ahead and make investments that will pay off in the future,” Maloney said. “These two grants address infrastructure, a basic building block of our society that we so often take for granted but must be maintained.” 

As part of the program, Ruscombmanor Township received funding of $500,000 to help finance the installation of gravity mains, low-pressure grinder pumps, manholes, and low-pressure sewer mains within the Breezy Corners sewer system. 

“We’re very appreciative of the grant,” said Richard L. Seidel, a member of the board of supervisors. “The funding allows us to expand the current facility and bring the Golden Oaks community on line while not having to build an entirely new plant.” 

Also, the Geigertown Area Joint Authority received $267,198 to assist with the Geigertown Area Sanitary Sewer Project in Robeson and Union townships.   

“This money will go toward engineering and building costs as we look to eliminate the existing sewage disposal systems which are creating health hazards and sanitary problems in the area,” according to Nelson L. Ott Jr., vice chairman of the board of supervisors. 

“All three municipalities’ boards of supervisors should be applauded for their efforts in obtaining these grants,” added Gillen. “These are tax dollars being put to work in order to maintain our quality of life now and in the future.”    

The H2O PA Act was established by the General Assembly in July 2008.  The act provides  single-year or multi-year grants to municipalities or municipal authorities to assist with the construction of important drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects. 

State Representative Mark Gillen
128th, District, House of Representatives
State Representative David Maloney
130th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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