Centre County Projects Receive $1.9 Million in State Funding

PENNVEST funding sewer projects in Port Matilda, Potter Township

Nearly $2 million in state financing was awarded by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Authority (PENNVEST) today for two sewer service projects in Centre County, according to Senator Jake Corman (R-34).

PENNVEST awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Port Matilda Borough Authority and a $423,661 low-interest loan to Potter Township, according to Senator Corman.

The financing is provided through the use of federal funding and prior bond issues by the state. It is not supported by the state’s General Fund budget, which covers the daily operations and services of the Commonwealth.

The Port Matilda MA is expected to apply the grant toward the installation of 26 grinder pumps and 11,000 feet of low-pressure sewer mains along the Route 220 corridor into Worth Township.

“Currently, more than half of the on-lot septic systems in the area are malfunctioning. That means residents face the potential of raw or inadequately treated waste contaminating their water wells,” said Senator Corman. “This PENNVEST financing will help the community address that issue while easing the financial burden that would otherwise had to have been borne by the residents. The new sewer system will provide residents with the peace of mind of knowing that their water supplies are clean and safe.”

The project will directly impact Plumbline, LLC, a cabinet manufacturer, and Maplewood Manor Personal Care Home. Combined, the two businesses expect to create 10 new jobs and plan to spend $310,000 in private investment as a result of the project.

Potter Township is expected to apply the loan toward a $1.9 million project involving the construction of a 35,000 gallon-per-day sewage treatment plant, a pumping station, and the installation of 6,600 feet of sewer mains. The project is intended to replace the deteriorating Country Club Park Sewage Treatment Plant.

“Currently, the Country Club plant discharges treated water into Cedar Creek. Should the facility fail – and that is a real possibility – it would result in raw sewage going into Cedar Creek,” Senator Corman said. “The existing facility is just too far gone and should be taken off line as soon as possible.”

The project will allow the Meadows Psychiatric Center to abandon its malfunctioning on-lot sewage facilities. The Meadows plans to commit $883,600 in local investments to expand its facilities and create 16 new jobs.

Scott Sikorski