Governor Wolf Announces $136 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 17 Counties

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces $136 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 17 Counties Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the investment of $136 million for 17 drinking water, wastewater, storm water, and non-point source projects across 17 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).“The approvals for these water quality infrastructure projects are an important component of our support for clean water in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “The funding provided by PENNVEST delivers the financial backing necessary for communities to make improvements that ensure potable drinking water, adequate wastewater treatment, and storm water management facilities improve our quality of life and strengthen our communities.”The funding for these projects originates from a combination of state funds approved by voters, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy funds, federal grants to PENNVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency and recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards. Funds for these projects are disbursed after expenses for work are paid and receipts are submitted to PENNVEST for review.A list of project summaries follows:Drinking Water ProjectsCentre County• State College Borough Water Authority* – received a $24,950,000 loan to construct a new membrane filter water treatment plant and upgrade appurtenances in the Nixon and Kocher wells. The project will provide backup treatment facilities and ensure a continued reliable supply of potable water.Erie County• Corry Municipal Authority*- received a $6,590,000 loan to construct new treatment facilities, a finished water reservoir, booster pump stations, and standby generators. The project will address structural and safety issues with the existing facilities and increase system reliability.Franklin County• Waynesboro Borough Authority*- received a $5,743,200 loan to upgrade their existing treatment facilities, replacing equipment at the end of its useful life in order to ensure a continued supply of reliable potable water. This project also supports a commercial opportunity in the Wharf Road Park resulting in the preservation of 136 existing and 36 new manufacturing jobs.Jefferson County• Eldred Township Municipal Authority – received a $2,406,096 loan and a grant of $2,188,027 to extend water service to areas beyond the Village of Sigel, addressing water quality and quantity issues with private wells.McKean County• Bradford City Water Authority*- received an $11,520,000 loan to construct a second water transmission main between the water filtration plant and the finished water reservoir. The project will ensure continued reliable service to the system and provide necessary redundancy allowing for maintenance.Westmoreland County• Latrobe Municipal Authority – received a $2,691,060 loan to replace 7,000 feet of water line, gate valves and associated reconnections to the new waterline. The project will address water loss issues estimated at 40 percent and increase reliability to ensure water service in the area.Wastewater ProjectsCambria County• Forest Hills Municipal Authority**- received a $4,467,500 loan to extend 23,000 feet of gravity sewers, 1,900 feet of force main, manholes, a pump station and associated appurtenances to provide service to the Luther/Salix Airport area of Adams Township. The project will address issues in an area with an on-lot malfunction rate of 83 percent, eliminating impacts on local streams and drinking water wells.Fayette County• Connellsville Municipal Authority** – received a $14,978,870 loan and a grant of $4,116,385 to construct an expansion of their wastewater treatment facilities, add a pump station, upgrade an existing pump station and install new force mains and interceptors. The project will address wet weather overflows and combined sewer overflows into the Youghiogheny River.Lawrence County• New Castle Sanitation Authority** – received a $23,437,982 loan and an $8,562,018 grant to construct a new headworks facility that includes two mechanical bar screens, two vortex grit chambers, yard piping and other wet weather facilities. The project is the first phase of necessary improvements to facilities to ensure compliance with the effluent discharges into the Mahoning River. The project will reduce wet weather overflows and help satisfy the Consent Order and Agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection.Mercer County• Jamestown Municipal Authority – received a $918,850 loan and a $1,243,150 grant to replace 500 feet of gravity sewers and 1,035 feet of force main, and upgrade the treatment facilities and the Liberty Street pump station. The project will replace facilities that are at the end of their useful life and ensure adequate treatment of effluent before it’s discharged into the Shenango River.Northumberland County• Upper Augusta Township** – received a $1,492,019 loan and a $1,697,027 grant for a sanitary sewer replacement project to convey domestic wastewater from the Village of Mount Pleasant to the Sunbury Municipal Authority’s facilities for treatment. The project will eliminate a treatment plant unable to meet discharge limits into a tributary to the Susquehanna River.Tioga County• Westfield Borough** – received a $2,908,555 loan and a $3,935,104 grant to replace their existing overloaded treatment facility. The project includes a new influent pump station, a mechanically cleaned influent screen, a bypass bar screen, an aerated grit removal system, an oxidation ditch, two secondary clarifiers, two sludge digestion tanks, a chemical feed system, and a new chlorine disinfection system. The project will address discharge violations and ensure adequate treatment of effluent into the Cowanesque River.Union County• Pine Valley Associates, LP – received a $550,000 loan to construct a new extended air treatment plant with a 10,000-gallon equalization tank and a 5,000-gallon sludge holding tank. This project will replace worn out facilities and ensure continued treatment of wastewater before it’s discharged into the North Branch Buffalo Creek.York County• Shrewsbury Borough – received a $1,000,000 loan to pay for their prorated share of necessary construction improvements to the New Freedom Borough treatment facilities. The improvements to the regional treatment plant are necessary to ensure continued service and adequate treatment.Storm Water ProjectsDelaware County• Chester City Stormwater Authority** – received a $9,980,156 loan to install approximately 9,500 feet of pipe, 65 catch basins, 200 manholes, and associated stormwater roadway restoration. Water quality devices such as porous panels, inlet inserts, and filters will be installed to remove trash and sediment from the system and to remove pollutants.Schuylkill County• Auburn Borough – received a $350,000 loan to construct 1,190 feet of storm sewers and 11 storm sewer inlets to redirect flows away from the existing rock channel to connect to the existing stormwater system. This will eliminate the flooding impacts that have structurally undermined buildings in the borough.Non-point Source Water Quality Improvement ProjectsLycoming County• Old Lycoming Township – received a $384,465 loan to purchase a vacuum street sweeper equipped to better clean the sediment and debris from impervious surfaces in accordance with the sediment reduction goals included in three area townships’ Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permits, and prevent pollutants from reaching the waterways. The project is expected to eliminate over 100,000 pounds of sediment in the first permit cycle.* denotes projects that have Drinking Water State Revolving Funds** denotes projects that are funded with Clean Water State Revolving FundsFor more information, visit www.pennvest.pa.gov or call 717-783-6798. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img July 17, 2019last_img read more

Sale reflects hot property market in booming suburb

first_imgInside 4 Cruiser Close, Springfield Lakes.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019McGrath Springfield marketing agent, Clare May, said the speedy sale of 4 Cruiser Close, Springfield Lakes, for $495,000 on September 1 was a pleasant surprise.“We took the photo and uploaded it online and literally within a few hours we had a phone call from Melbourne from a lovely couple,” she said.Ms May said the buyer couldn’t wait to secure the home.“She asked if she could put an offer in for the property before she viewed it. Her parents actually live in Springfield Lakes so they came around the next day and told her it was perfect,” she said. 4 Cruiser Close, Springfield Lakes.IT took just 24 hours after being listed for a four-bedder in one of Ipswich’s up and coming suburbs to sell. 4 Cruiser Close, Springfield Lakes.Ms May said the low-maintenance home’s presentation and abundance of living space appealed to the buyer, despite the block being just 400sq m.“It was the presentation of the property. The buyers said they could move straight into the property and see themselves living in the house,” she said.Ms May said the Springfield Lakes market was running hot.“We don’t have enough houses and buyers are not getting an opportunity to purchase property.”last_img read more

Rate of UK defined benefit scheme closure levels off in 2015

first_imgDefined benefit pension schemes in the UK that are still open to new members remained so this year, according to official data, putting a halt to the trend towards closure of the sought-after retirement income plans.Figures from the tenth edition of The Purple Book, published by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) and the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), show that the percentage of schemes open to new members fell to 13% in 2015 from 43% in 2006.But the data also showed there had been a “levelling off” of the closure of open DB schemes.A further 51% of DB schemes are still accruing benefits for existing members in 2015, according to the survey of approximately 6,000 DB pension schemes in the UK. Andrew Warwick-Thompson, executive director at TPR, said: “After a decade of dramatic decline, the DB landscape has reached a point of relative stability in terms of scheme status and membership.” However, he said the impact of new pension “freedoms” would not be seen until the next set of data were published next year, adding that those changes may yet shift the landscape again. Andrew McKinnon, CFO at the PPF, said the data showed the UK’s DB pension landscape had seen “seismic shifts” over the past decade and highlighted the need for effective risk management. “It is more important than ever that the PPF exists to ensure that members, of schemes that really are unable to pay what they promised, don’t end up without any pension at all,” he said.Active membership of DB schemes fell by 3.4% in 2015 from the year before, the smallest drop in active members recorded in the Purple Book. At the end of March, the aggregate s179 funding position of the schemes was a £244.2bn (€346bn) deficit — the largest s179 deficit at an end-March date since the PPF was set up, according to the set of DB statistics, which the PPF and TPR say provides the fullest view of risks faced by these schemes.At 84% in 2015, however, the s179 funding ratio had seen lower levels in both 2009 and 2012, according to Purple Book data.Scheme funding was shown to have deteriorated by a further 1.5 percentage points between the end of March 2015 and the end of September.This mainly reflects the impact of lower equity markets and Gilt prices on assets, the PPF and TPR said, which they added had more than offset the effect higher Gilt yields have had on liabilities.Data in the Purple Book is from 31 March and so was gathered before the UK government announced the new “freedoms” granted on pension assets in April.Mark Paxton, senior bulk annuity consultant at Barnett Waddingham, said the Purple Book data showed that, as schemes matured, they were continuing to de-risk, preferring bonds or more sophisticated investment strategies to equities.“We expect that many schemes will have aspirations to buy-in or buyout, particularly where they are closed,” he said.The fall in funding levels revealed by the new official data over 2015 would mean this was a “challenging target”.“But if schemes are prepared, and ready to transact when an opportunity arises, it is not unachievable,” Paxton said.He said that, in particular, the availability of medical underwriting and the ability to insure large-pension members – known as “top-slicing” – meant schemes could now manage their risks more affordably.last_img read more

Wrestling Semi-States @ New Castle

first_imgWrestling Semi-States took place at New Castle on Saturday (2-15).Three area grapplers advanced to The State Finals which will take place on Friday (2-21) and Saturday (2-22) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.Jake Ruberg-Lawrenceburg placed 3rd in the 138 # Weight Class.Max Dole-East Central-East Central placed 4th in the 160 # Weight Class.Colton Gonzalez-Connersville placed 2nd in the 170 # Weight Class.Wrestling Semi-States @ New CastleThe best of luck to our area Wrestlers in The State Finals.Courtesy of The IHSAA.last_img

Dearborn County site selected for Duke readiness program

first_imgSt. Leon, In. — Developing and promoting the economic and social growth of a community, state or region is rewarding, long-term work. That’s why Duke Energy and its predecessor companies in Indiana have been front and center in helping grow the communities we serve.That vital work continues in 2019 as Duke Energy has selected six locations in Indiana to participate in the company’s Site Readiness Program, which identifies, evaluates and improves sites in the company’s 69-county Indiana service territory for potential industrial development.The locations include:The Kokomo Industrial Park, located at the intersection of County 50 East and County Road 300 North (Howard County)A 186-acre parcel in the north portion of the South Madison tax-increment financing, or TIF, district in Fortville (Hancock County)A 100-plus acre parcel located at 29579 State Road 1 in West Harrison (Dearborn County)The Northpoint Business Park (Hamilton County), which is bordered by East 196th Street to the south, Grassy Branch Road to the east, 202nd/203rd Street to the north and U.S. Hwy. 31 to the westThe North Manchester Industrial Complex (Wabash County) at County Road 1100 North and Taylor Drive in North ManchesterThe North Warrick Industrial Park (Warrick County) at 9988 North State Road 57 in Elberfeld“Those of us who perform economic development work as a career know that our labor does not produce instant results,” said Erin Schneider, Indiana director of economic development for Duke Energy. “It is an honor to join forces with these hard-working economic development groups to help bring lasting change and improvement to their communities.”Three site development companies and one engineering company will evaluate the sites and make specific recommendations for attracting large companies to build their facilities there.Duke Energy will present its findings for each site – including a detailed report and conceptual drawings – to local economic development officials when the studies are completed later this year. Economic development organizations in Hancock, Hamilton, Dearborn and Wabash counties will also receive a check for $10,000 from Duke Energy to help implement the recommendations.After each site’s state of readiness has advanced, Duke Energy’s business development team will strategically market those sites nationwide to companies looking to expand or relocate their operations.Ideal properties for Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program are typically 40 acres or larger, served by the utility, or a vacant industrial building of at least 20,000 square feet identified to support renewed industrial growth and sustainable development in a community.Duke Energy’s overall economic development program has been consistently named by Site Selection magazine as one of the nation’s “Top 10 Utility Economic Development Programs.” Since 2008, the company has participated in the creation of nearly 20,000 jobs with a total capital investment of approximately $4.5 billion.For more information about Duke Energy Indiana’s economic development programs click here.last_img read more

Franklin County crash injures two

Franklin County, In. — A Friday afternoon crash in Franklin County injured two people.A report from the sheriff’s department says Oneda Anderson, 84, of Waldron, was westbound on State Road 46 near South Pocket Road around 2:30 p.m. Anderson struck a vehicle driven by Carolyn Dieckman, 67, of Batesville that was stopped to make a left turn. Anderson’s vehicle continued striking a mailbox and rolling over.Both drivers were treated for minor injuries at Margaret Mary Health.

Departing Reina: I deserved better

first_img Regarding Reina, the manager said last week: “From last season, really, as a manager I was led to believe that we were going to get an offer for Pepe (Reina) that would probably see him leave the club. “As events transpired, that move didn’t happen and it left us with two very good goalkeepers. Both would have been fighting for the number one position. “Then obviously an opportunity arose for Pepe and it was one we felt as a football club was best for him to take.” Reina has emphasised he ultimately accepts the call Liverpool have made. “Although it was not my decision to leave I will accept it just like I have always accepted any decision that Liverpool have taken for me,” he said. At Napoli, Reina will play under Rafael Benitez, who signed him for Liverpool from Villarreal in 2005 and is someone the goalkeeper considers to be “the best manager I have worked with”. During his time on Merseyside, Reina won the FA Cup in 2006 and League Cup in 2012. His current contract with them runs to 2016. Goalkeeper Jose Reina has expressed his disappointment at the manner of his departure from Liverpool, claiming the club decided to loan him to Napoli without telling him first and that he “deserved better”. The Spain international’s switch to the Italian side on a season-long deal has been confirmed by the Merseyside outfit. Reina has spent eight years at Anfield, and, in a letter to Reds fans published on his official website, the 30-year-old said: “If I have one regret, it is the way that I am leaving. “It is only natural that I would be disappointed that the Liverpool management agreed to loan me to Napoli without telling me first. I thought that I deserved better than that, even though I understand that difficult decisions have to be taken in football.” Reina had also been linked this summer with a move to Barcelona, the Spanish giants he began his career with, and he admits he had made it known to Liverpool that it was something he wanted them to consider should such an offer come in. But Reina has also stressed he made it clear to Reds boss Brendan Rodgers he was otherwise happy to stay, and says that with no Barca approach having emerged, he was “surprised” about the Napoli situation arising. He said: “A lot has been made about me informing the club that if an offer came in from Barcelona that I would have liked them to consider it. “But I had also spoken to the club about the possibility of extending my contract if the offer was not made. “I told the manager that I wanted to play for Liverpool and that Barcelona would only become an option for me if the opportunity arrived, like the rumours said it would, as it would be a chance for me to go back home. “When it didn’t come I was happy to fight for my place so I was surprised that Liverpool decided it was in the club’s interests to send me to Napoli instead.” Liverpool added a new goalkeeper to their ranks in June, with Rodgers signing Belgium international Simon Mignolet from Sunderland. Press Associationlast_img read more

Who Will the Dolphins Pick in tonight’s NFL Virtual Draft?

first_imgThe 2020 NFL Draft begins tonight. It will be a fully virtual draft amid the ongoing coronavirus from Roger Goodell’s basement. The Dolphins control the 2020 NFL Draft. They have 14 picks, the most in the league, and could go in a number of different directions. The whole draft hinges on what the Dolphins do at No. 5. Do they wait and see who falls to them at five or do they use their abundance of picks to move up and ensure they get their guy?Rumors are swirling that Miami likes Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert more than Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, but should any rumor be believed with such little time before the draft?Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa holds up the championship trophy after overtime of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Georgia Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta. Alabama won 26-23. (AP Photo/David Goldman)It could easily be a ploy so they don’t have to give up additional assets in a trade up.The Dolphins have needs all over the field, with the exception of outside cornerback.Quarterback, running back and offensive linemen are all needed on offense. All three levels of the defense need improvement as well. Miami could use its 14 picks on an influx of 14 young players, or the Dolphins can pick their spots to move up for higher picks throughout the draft process. It’s anybody’s guess how it plays out. The draft was originally scheduled to be held in Las Vegas but since live events were canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the teams will make their picks from home, with commissioner Roger Goodell announcing selections from his house. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is expected to be selected first by the Bengals, while the Washington Redskins are expected to select Ohio State defensive end Chase Young second. The Detroit Lions, New York Giants and Miami Dolphins close out the top five picks of the draft.Meanwhile, Rob Gronkowski says he’s feeling good again after a year away from football. The new Buccaneers tight end was introduced Wednesday and said the fire within him as returned. “Gronk” added the chance to reconnect with former Patriots teammate Tom Brady is something special.last_img read more

Bishop, Yadram give Windies U-19s their first Super50 success

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC) – Spinners Joshua Bishop and Bhaskar Yadram combined to stun English County Kent and hand West Indies Under-19s their first success of the Regional Super50, with a 28-run victory here yesterday.In pursuit of 155 for victory at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, Kent were in control at 76 for two before suffering a sudden collapse and losing their last eight wickets for 51 runs, to be bowled out for 127 off 34.5 overs.Captain Sam Northeast got 37 and opener Sean Dickson, 20, but they were the only two to get into the 20s.Sixteen-year-old left-arm spinner Joshua Bishop snatched four for 44 from his 10 overs while off-spinner Yadram claimed three for six from just five overs, the pair picking up seven of the last eight wickets to fall as Kent tumbled to their second defeat of the tournament.Asked to bat, the Under-19s also suffered a collapse to be bowled out for 155 off 46.3 overs. They were well placed at 83 for one but lost their way to surrender their last nine wickets for 72 runs.Opener Matthew Patrick top-scored with 45 while Yadram chipped in with 29 and all-rounder Keemo Paul, 20 not out.Shian Brathwaite’s poor run continued with 12 but Patrick struck two fours and a six off 79 balls as he put on 60 for the second wicket with Yadram.Once the pair were separated the innings went into decline, however, and only Paul hung around to eke out precious runs at the end.Ivan Thomas was the best bowler with three for 39 while fellow seamer Darren Stevens (2-17) and off-spinner Adam Riley (2-30) both finished with two wickets apiece.Kent got a decent start of 36 from Dickson and Daniel Bell-Drummond (13) before both fell in the space of three overs.Bell-Drummond was caught at fine leg by Patrick off fast bowler Obed McCoy in the ninth over while Dickson perished to a catch at square leg, also by Patrick, off leg-spinner Mikyle Louis.Northeast, who faced 61 balls and counted three fours, propped up the innings in a 35-run stand with Stevens (18) which temporarily put Kent on top.But once Bishop and Yadram got stuck in, Kent crumbled quickly.UNDER-19s inningsS. Brathwaite c Ball b Thomas 12M. Patrick c Ball b Riley 45B. Yadram run-out 29E. Stewart lbw b Riley 9K. Kallicharan b Coles 4A. Athanaze c Hunn b Thomas 9K. Paul not out 20J. Bishop c Thomas b Hunn 3M. Louis b Stevens 1T. Alleyne c Ball b Stevens 4O. McCoy c Northeast b Thomas 0Extras: (lb-3, w-15, nb-1) 19Total: (all out, 46.3 overs) 155Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-83, 3-92, 4-103, 5-113, 6-127, 7-135, 8-136, 9-148.Bowling: Thomas 8.3-0-39-3 (w-10), Coles 8-1-28-1 (w-3, nb-1), Hunn 10-0-38-1 (w-1), Stevens 10-1-17-2 (w-1), Riley 10-0-30-2.KENT inningsD. Bell-Drummond c Patrick b McCoy 13S. Dickson c Patrick b Louis 20S. Northeast c Bishop b Paul 37D. Stevens c Brathwaite b Bishop 18A. Blake c Brathwaite b Bishop 13A. Ball b Bishop 0A. Rouse b Bishop 2M. Coles b Yadram 0A. Riley c Paul b Yadram 12M. Hunn not out 1I. Thomas c Athanaze b Yadram 2Extras: (b-1, lb-1, w-6, nb-1) 9Total: (all out, 34 overs) 127Fall of wickets: 1-36, 2-41, 3-76, 4-92, 5-92, 6-94, 7-95, 8-124, 9-124.Bowling: McCoy 5-1-20-1, Paul 6-0-27-1 (w4, nb1), Louis 8-0-28-1, Bishop 10-1-44-4 (w1), Yadram 5-1-6-3.last_img read more

Cricket News Imam Ul Haq finally opens up about him getting involved with multiple women

first_imgImam Ul Haq smashed 90-odd against Bangladesh in World Cup 2019. Imam apologised for what happened. Sarfaraz Ahmed is likely to be removed as Test captain.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Controversial Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq, nephew of legendary Inzamam ul Haq, has tendered unconditional apology for being involved in an online scandal with multiple women and the cricket board has let him off with a reprimand. The Pakistan opener, whose place in the side has always been under scanner for allegedly being a product of nepotism, found himself in trouble when a few women posted screen shots of his objectionable whatsapp conversations with them and accused him of misleading them.”Imam was remorseful and has apologised for what all has happened. But we have told him in clear terms although this is his personal and private matter but we expect our players to adhere to the highest standards of ethics and discipline,” PCB MD Wasim Khan said on Monday.Wasim said the board had viewed the matter seriously and spoken to Imam about it.”We don’t like to comment on personal affairs of a player but we expect that our centrally contracted players will also show more responsibility being ambassadors of Pakistan cricket and Pakistan. Hopefully we will not see such incidents again.”What was the matter?Imam was exposed to having multiple love affairs on social media via chats. A user uploaded their WhatsApp chats on Twitter and accused him of cheating on her. The 23-year-old opener was found to being involved with 7-8 girls at the same time and chats with around four of them have been leaked so far. This doesn’t bode well for the opener, who averages 54.58 in 36 ODIs with seven centuries.Interestingly, the user also claims to have a few videos of Imam Ul Haq getting involved with different girls at the same time. However, he said, “I will only share the videos if girls allow me to do so”.“Far too many women have been manipulated and taken advantage of. This needs to come to an end. Being a victim to this myself. I can say, yes, it is cheating. But in what way is cheating on someone okay, that too, with multiple partners, the girl said according to Geo TV.Imam-ul-Haq himself is yet to comment on the matter and it remains to be seen if he comes up with any explanation over the same.center_img highlightslast_img read more