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Senator Jake Corman


October 25, 2016

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Moshannon Valley Sewer Authority Awarded
PENNVEST Loan to Upgrade Treatment Plant

The Moshannon Valley Joint Sewer Authority has been awarded a $3.902 million low-interest loan through the state’s PENNVEST program to upgrade its plant and improve its performance level.

The authority is a regional sewage treatment provider serving five municipalities in Centre and Clearfield Counties.

The funding will be used to upgrade the plants headworks by adding a screening facility, relocating sewer interceptors adjacent to the plant, and upgrading worn-out equipment within the plant.

The facility currently experiences a large number of operational and maintenance issues associated with rags and other debris in the raw wastewater due to a lack of adequate screening.

The loan will enable upgrades to be made without additional charges to users. The project will also create new jobs and protect water supplies from contamination.

I’m pleased that we will be able to make these critical improvements without burdening users with higher costs. The improvements will enable the plant to operate more efficiently and effectively for area residents and is crucial to ensuring that they have a clean safe water source.

Established in 1988, the PENNVEST program provides low-interest loans and grants to communities for new construction or improvements to water and wastewater treatment plants. Many of these small community water and sewer systems are in need of major rehabilitation or are too overburdened to accommodate new growth.


State Grant Awards for Environmental Protection and Recreation

I am pleased to announce that organizations in our area have been awarded $615,500 in state grants for projects that will provide new recreation opportunities for area residents and protect the environment.

Corman said the grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The projects approved for funding are a part of two different programs that are administered by the CFA, including the Water Restoration and Protection Program and Greenways Trails & Recreation Program.

Our region will benefit from this much-needed state funding for important public improvements to better serve area residents and businesses. These local projects will help to contribute to our local economy, protect our natural resources and improve the quality of life for those who live here. Projects that have received funding include:

Centre County, Bellefonte PA

  • Centre County received a grant of $70,500 to assist with a feasibility study for a new 2.5 mile multi-purpose trail connecting Bellefonte and Milesburg Boroughs. The funds will be used to define the trail alignment and outline required easements, right of way acquisitions and environmental impacts requiring mitigation. It will also provide detailed cost estimates for engineering, acquisition, environmental clearance, utility relocation, permitting and construction.

Smithfield Township, Huntingdon PA

  • Smithfield Township was awarded a $270,000 grant to assist with the restoration of Crooked Creek, which has been damaged by the previous construction of bridges and levees around the creek. Construction will include removing sediment, restoring the segment of Crooked Creek to a consistent channel dimension and installing in-stream stone and log stream deflectors. The project will improve 700 feet of stream and improve water quality and fish habitat in the area.

Centre County Conservation District Bellefonte PA

  • The Centre County Conservation District will use its $275,000 grant to clean up agricultural runoff that is flowing from a farm into the Nittany Creek in the Bald Eagle Creek Watershed. The district will construct a circular concrete tank and a reception pit with pumping system to transfer manure from the barn to storage. The project will complement recent significant stream restoration work completed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and help protect the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.


Reminding Residents of Safety After Flooding

First I want to take a moment to thank and recognize all of the first responders who answered the many calls for help during the worst flooding this region has seen in a decade and those in the Emergency Operations Centers for their service. As clean up continues for residents affected by the flash flooding over the weekend, I wanted to remind everyone of some safety tips they need to keep in mind as they recover.

When cleaning out your home: Wear protective gear for cleanup work

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing hard hats, goggles, heavy work gloves and watertight boots with steel toes and insoles (not just steel shank). Wear earplugs or protective headphones to reduce risk from equipment noise.

Prevent Mold Growth

  • Be careful when entering a flood-damaged building. Loose, wet ceiling plaster is heavy and dangerous, so knock down hanging plaster before moving around.

  • Clean up and dry out flooded buildings within 24 to 48 hours if possible. Open doors and windows and use fans to speed drying. To prevent mold growth, clean wet items and surfaces with detergent and water. To remove mold growth, wear rubber gloves, open windows and doors, and clean with a bleach solution of one cup of bleach in one gallon of water. Throw away porous items – like carpet, mattresses and upholstered furniture – that cannot be dried quickly.

  • Everything that floodwater has touched should be disinfected. Scrub down walls and any other smooth, hard surfaces with the same bleach-water solution.

  • Do not rush to move back into your home. Before a house is habitable, it must be dried and thoroughly cleaned, since floodwaters pick up sewage and chemicals as they travel.

Food: When in doubt, throw it out! Throw away food that may have come in contact with floodwater – like:

  • Home-canned foods.

  • All foods in cardboard boxes, paper, foil, cellophane (plastic wrap) or cloth.

  • Meat, poultry, eggs or fish.

  • Spices, seasonings, extracts, flour, sugar, grain, coffee and other staples in canisters.

  • Unopened jars with waxed cardboard seals, such as mayonnaise and salad dressing. Also, throw away preserves sealed with paraffin wax.

  • Throw away any fruits and vegetables that have been in contact with floodwaters – including those that have not been harvested from gardens.

  • Wooden cutting boards, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples and pacifiers.

You do NOT need to throw away the following items if they have been in contact with floodwater:

  • Commercially canned foods that came into contact with floodwater and have been properly cleaned by: removing labels; washing cans in water containing detergent; soaking cans for at least one minute in chlorine solution; rinsing in clean, cool water; placing on sides to dry (do not stack cans); labeling cans with the name of food in permanent marker.

  • Dishes and glassware if they are sanitized by boiling in clean water or by immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of one teaspoon of chlorine bleach per quart of water.

  • If electricity at your home has been off for long periods of time, throw away perishable foods (like meat, poultry, fish, eggs, leftovers, etc.) that have been above 40 degrees for two hours or more.


New License Plates Help Fund Bicycle Safety Efforts

The new “Share the Road” special fund registration plate designed to help fund bicycle safety is now in stock and being shipped to interested vehicle owners, PennDOT announced today.

Share the Road License PlateThe new plates were authorized by Act 36, referred to as the David (Dave) Bachman Act, which was enacted in June in memory of a PennDOT employee who served as the Department’s first Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator. All proceeds from the sale of the new plate fund PennDOT’s bicycle and pedestrian safety efforts, as well as highway infrastructure signage for bicyclists with the purpose of wayfinding and/or safety.

The “Share the Road” plate uses the same colors as standard plates -- blue, white and yellow, with addition of an image of the shared lane marking including two chevrons, a bicycle silhouette and the words “Allow 4 Feet to Pass.” The bottom of the plate reads “Share the Road.”

Applicants may order a plate by completing Form MV-917, “Application for Share the Road Registration Plate.” The cost of the plate is $40. This plate may also be personalized for a fee of $100 in addition to the $40 plate cost.

Customers may also place an order for this plate or learn more about a wide variety of license plates, online. The plates normally take two to four weeks for delivery. For personalized plates, allow eight to 10 weeks for delivery.


Fall Roadway Hazards Include Deer

Autumn brings an increase in deer activity, and drivers are reminded to watch carefully for deer darting across and along roadways.

Fall marks the deer's breeding season, and deer pay less attention and become bolder as they move around more and travel greater distances seeking mates. Primarily nocturnal feeders, deer are most active between sunset and sunrise. Other factors that affect the travel patterns of deer in the fall are farmers actively harvesting the last of their crops and preparing for spring planting, increased activity in the woods from hunters seeking game and outdoor enthusiasts enjoying the last remaining days of good weather.

By following a few safety tips, motorists and outdoor enthusiasts can help reduce the possibility of being involved in a crash with a deer. Remember to:

  • Deer Crossing SignSlow down and use caution, particularly where deer crossing signs are posted and increase following distance between vehicles;

  • Make young drivers aware of increased deer movement;

  • Be especially watchful during morning and evening hours when wildlife is most active;

  • Exercise caution when one deer crosses a roadway. Since deer often travel in small herds, one deer will usually be followed by others;

  • Always wear your seat belt;

  • Never drive impaired; and

  • Turn on your headlights if your wipers are on — it's the law.

If a dead deer presents an obvious safety hazard on state roadways, motorists can call 1-800-FIX-ROAD to have the deer removed.

 

 


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