– To help ease the burden on the local community, Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) and Sen. Dave Argall (R-Berks/Schuylkill) today announced that a grant totaling $597,300 has been awarded to McAdoo Borough, Schuylkill County, under the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding program.
The funding will be allocated for the relocation of the Celebration Creek storm water line. Currently, the culvert and storm water line run through a parking lot and directly under a restaurant where it connects to the existing culvert under Kennedy Drive. The funding will relocate the Celebration Creek storm water line from the restaurant so that it will run under Sherman Street, turn southwest under the restaurant parking lot, and connect to the line crossing Kennedy Drive.
“This grant will ensure that McAdoo Borough’s water and sewage facilities are up to code and functioning properly,” said Knowles. “Maintaining these facilities throughout the county can be very costly and this grant will help facilitate the needed repairs. This is another example of federal and state money coming back to Schuylkill County to help fund local projects.”
“I’m pleased that McAdoo Borough received this desperately needed grant,” said Argall. “This project will go a long way towards preventing future flooding in the area and will help protect the health and safety of local residents in this area.”
“The Commissioners fully support this project as it is a continuation of the McAdoo CDBG project recently completed, said Gary Bender; administrator, Schuylkill County. “The county will administer these grant funds and look forward to working with the McAdoo Borough Council for a successful project completion.”
CDBG funds enable communities to effectively address local community development needs by providing federal funds to develop viable communities through the provision of modest housing and a suitable living environment. Funds are also used to expand economic opportunities geared to low-and moderate-income individuals and to improve infrastructure critical to community health and welfare.
For more information about this or any legislative topic, contact Knowles’ district office in Tamaqua at 570-668-1240, or in Hamburg at 610-562-3411. Information can also be found online at RepKnowles.com
Representative Jerry Knowles
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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