Governor Wolf Announces $75 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 20 Counties July 19, 2017 Environment, Infrastructure, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the investment of $75 million for 23 drinking water, wastewater, storm water and non-point source projects across 20 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).“PENNVEST initiated its new fiscal year of funding by approving loans and grants for a wide variety of water quality improvement projects in all corners of the Commonwealth”, said Governor Wolf. ”These projects and the environmental, economic development and public health benefits that they create will further our collective goal of a cleaner and safer place for our families to enjoy as well as my vision for a better Pennsylvania, both now and for years to come.”The funding comes from a combination of state funds approved by voters, federal grants to PENNVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency and recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards. Funds for the projects are disbursed after bills for work are paid and receipts are submitted to PENNVEST.For more information, visit www.pennvest.pa.gov or call 717-783-6798.MEDIA CONTACT: Brion Johnson – 717-783-6798A list of project summaries follows.PENNVEST Drinking Water ProjectsBedford CountyBedford Township Municipal Authority received a $3,685,000 loan to eliminate the use of almost 100 drinking water wells, many of which are contaminated, and install four miles of distribution lines and a 522,000 gallon storage tank to provide clean and safe drinking water to the homes currently using these wells.**Clearfield and Jefferson CountiesFalls Creek Borough Municipal Authority received a $2,000,000 loan to construct more than two miles of drinking water transmission line in order to connect to the City of Dubois’ system and thereby provide the authority’s customers with a dependable supply of safe drinking water.**Erie CountyCorry City Municipal Authority received a $11,200,000 loan to construct more than five miles of new drinking water distribution lines and make a variety of other improvements as the first phase of its drinking water system renovation.**Indiana CountyIndiana County Municipal Services Authority received a $5,198,598 loan and a $4,760,402 grant to make a variety of improvements to five different drinking water systems that are operated by the authority in order to ensure the provision of safe drinking water to the residents served by these systems.**Lawrence CountyWampum Borough received a $460,000 loan to construct a supplemental drinking water filtration system that will improve the quality of the drinking water provided to residents, along with related monitoring equipment and a building to house that equipment.Mifflin CountyNewton Hamilton Borough received a $2,789,322 loan and a $1,386,678 grant to eliminate leaks and increase flow by replacing almost three miles of asbestos cement pipe distribution lines with new ten-inch ductile iron pipe as well as make other improvements to the borough’s distribution system.Northampton CountyHillendale on the Delaware, Inc. received a $310,000 loan to construct a building that will house an above ground water storage tank, a disinfection system and booster pumps, as well as make other improvements to its drinking water treatment and distribution system.Tioga CountyUpper Tioga River Regional Authority received a $6,463,664 loan and a $2,455,336 grant to construct a new drinking water distribution system to serve residents of Covington, Putnam and Richmond Townships.**PENNVEST Wastewater ProjectsBedford CountyBedford Township Municipal Authority received a $2,146,210 loan to construct almost four miles of new sewage collection lines as well as a pump station to eliminate malfunctioning on lot systems.**Cambria CountyFranklin Borough received a $668,682 loan and a $612,318 grant to replace about half a mile of deteriorated 100 year-old sewage collection pipe as well as replace 36 house lateral lines. Johnstown City received a $5,580,000 loan to replace more than four miles of sanitary sewer laterals in the Ohio Street and Moxham areas of the city in order to reduce infiltration and inflows of excess water into the city’s sanitary sewer system. **Johnstown Redevelopment Authority received an $8,134,750 loan to rehabilitate or replace more than two miles of interceptor sewers in the Homerstown/Ohio Street area of Johnstown City. **Centre CountyPotter Township received a $1,677,623 loan and a $1,378,094 grant to construct a 14 thousand gallon per day sewage treatment plant, three and a half miles of new force mains as well as install fifty-seven new septic tanks.Huntingdon CountyMapleton Area Joint Municipal Authority received a $179,576 loan and a $164,440 grant to upgrade its existing sewage treatment system by installing a new clarifier to be used in conjunction with existing clarifiers and also to construct a new pump station.Montour CountyCooper Township Municipal Authority received a $3,146,493 loan and an $861,007 grant to construct more than nine miles of new sewage collection and transmission lines as well as a new pump station.Warren CountyNorth Warren Municipal Authority received a $4,250,000 loan to construct and install a variety of improvements to its existing sewage treatment facility in order to improve the treatment process and the quality of the water it discharges.**Washington CountyChartiers Township received an $875,000 loan to create a new gravity sewage collection system by constructing almost two miles of new collection lines.Wyoming CountyLemon Township & Tunkhannock Joint Municipal Authority received a $642,500 loan to design a new sewage collection and treatment system, including almost 10 miles of low pressure force mains, a 120 thousand gallons per-day treatment plant and other facilities to serve 382 residences in the township.Non-point Source Water Quality Improvement ProjectsClarion CountyArmstrong Conservation District received a $925,754 grant to install a variety of best management practices, including infiltration trenches, vegetated swales, revegetation and reforestation along trails as well as removal of coal refuse. **Centre CountyTri-Municipal Park received a $107,891 loan and a $215,778 grant to construct vegetated swales, rain gardens and a detention/infiltration basin in order to eliminate storm water runoff into a sinkhole and a nearby stream. **Lancaster CountyChester County Conservation District and Elam King received a $394,520 grant to install a new manure storage structure, animal walkways, roof gutters and downspouts and other facilities in order to reduce storm water runoff and nutrients from entering the nearby stream. **Snyder CountyMiddleburg Borough received a $978,500 grant to construct almost a mile of new storm sewers, 32 storm sewer inlets, and 1,400 feet of drainage swales.York CountyYork County Rail Trail Authority received a $950,000 grant to construct a 1.2 mile section of new trail and an on-site infiltration system in order to enhance the naturally occurring riparian buffer on the adjacent portion of Codorus Creek. **** denotes funding is sourced from the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (DWSRF) or Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (CWSRF)# # # SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Belize marijuana legislationThe Belize Parliament has agreed to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act with bi-partisan support.In August, the Dean Barrow government piloted the amendment to the legislation. The law provides for monetary and non-recordable penalties for possession of marijuana on school premises. However, in specified circumstances it makes smoking on private premises no longer an offense.The Bill had been referred to the Health and Human Development Committee of the House and Prime Minister Barrow said then it was just the beginning.Something good to do“I am excited; clearly it is only a first step and a small step, and I know there will be the naysayers; I suspect we are going to hear from the churches. But I feel as both a matter of conviction that it is something good to do, but also that the society as a whole will support it,” the prime minister said.When the matter came up for debate on Friday, Opposition Leader John Briceño said his difficulty with the current legislation is that it stops at decriminalization.Oppressive to the poorIn the debate, Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Erlington said the euphoria induced by marijuana is false, but the bill does offer true relief. “Marijuana’s main effect really is to induce a false and unrealistic sense of contentment. In other words people who smoke it seem to feel contented and people who are contented don’t normally give trouble,” he said, adding “This has been a piece of legislation that has been really oppressive to the poor.”Erlington said that poor people used to be hiding little bits of marijuana in the clothes of their children. “The record seem to suggest that the consumption of marijuana and the addiction to it is a medical problem. In this day and age we know that many of these people have these addictions and you don’t punish them more, you try to furnish them with provisions for overcoming it.,” he added.Benefits hemp industryMinister of State, Elodio Aragon Junior, said the amendment will be significant for the hemp industry as the Misuse of Drugs Act bill will exclude industrial hemp from the definition of cannabis in the Misuse of Drugs Act. “I will also like madam speaker to highlight and state what this amendment will do for Belize. One, it will reduce the criminalization of our young people especially those who smoke marijuana. It will also assist in the reduction of persons at our prisons, and it will also assist the entire criminal justice system ranging from the police to prisons,” he said.For more on marijuana legislation in the Caribbean, click the link: “Dispel misconceptions about marijuana” – says Jamaica’s Health Minister
PITTSBURGH — Here we go again.For the 35th time (playoffs included) in the last 16 years, the Ravens and Steelers renew what’s become the NFL’s best rivalry as Baltimore looks for its first regular-season sweep since 2006 and control of the AFC North at the midway point of the season.The Ravens are playing on Sunday Night Football for the second time this season after beating the Jets, 34-17, in Baltimore on Oct. 2. Baltimore is 3-1 in the nationally-televised Sunday night game in the John Harbaugh era but is playing a Sunday night game on the road for the first time since NBC purchased the rights to the NFL’s most prestigious prime-time game.Both teams made roster moves on Saturday as the Ravens waived cornerback Bryan McCann and promoted linebacker Chavis Williams to the 53-man roster. With cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Chris Carr and return specialist David Reed returning from injuries in recent weeks, the seldom-used McCann became expendable. Williams gives the Ravens some extra depth at linebacker and on special teams with Dannell Ellerbe still sidelined with a hamstring injury and Prescott Burgess going on injured reserve earlier this week.The Steelers placed punter Daniel Sepulveda on injured reserve and signed Jeremy Kapinos to their 53-man roster. Sepulveda had injured his right knee in practice this week, and Kapinos replaces him on the Pittsburgh roster for the second straight year.Pittsburgh is wearing their throwback uniforms tonight (black jerseys, white pants, and gold helmets) while the Ravens are dressed in white jerseys and white pants this evening.Left guard Ben Grubbs is active tonight for the first time since Week 1 when he played against the Steelers in Baltimore. There is no official word whether he’ll start, but the Ravens wouldn’t be required to disclose that information since he is already listed as the starter on the depth chart. Here are tonight’s inactives …BaltimoreWR Tandon DossCB Chykie BrownRB Anthony AllenTE Kris WilsonLB Sergio KindleWR Lee EvansLB Dannell EllerbePittsburghLB LaMarr WoodleyWR Emmanuel SandersG Doug LegurskyLB James FarriorQB Dennis DixonOT Jamon MeredithNT Chris Hoke
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! More than 400 court interpreters working in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties went on strike today, saying their wages are a third to half what interpreters are paid by other employers. Officials with the interpreters’ union, the California Federation of Interpreters, say low wages and poor working conditions have caused a shortage of interpreters working for the courts. “Interpreters have only had two cost-of-living increases in eight years,” said Silvia Barden, who heads the CFI. “We’re excluded from the salary step system other employees have that provides regular increases based on years of service.” Salary proposals would have no impact on the county budget, say CFI officials, because significant increases for interpreters have already been allocated.