BUCKS COUNTY >> The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks has awarded $3.7 million in grants from funds generated at Parx Casino to those municipalities eligible to apply for the 2019 funding year.
The Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors approved the grants at a public meeting held on December 14 at the Redevelopment Authority offices in Bristol Borough. The grants will be used for a variety of municipal projects that include infrastructure improvements and equipment for law enforcement and fire companies.
Redevelopment Authority Board Chairman, Sean Schafer, recognized Senator Tommy Tomlinson, State Representative Frank Farry and State Representative Gene DiGirolamo, for their efforts to ensure these funds continue to assist those municipalities most impacted by operations at the Bensalem gaming facility.
“I would like to commend the communities for their thorough selection process of the projects they submitted to the Redevelopment Authority. I would also like to commend Senator Tomlinson for his vision and leadership when drafting the gaming law which has brought tens of millions of dollars to Bucks County to address gaming’s local impact on our area.”
Previously, only those municipalities contiguous to the Bensalem gaming facility were eligible to apply for the grants. However, due to recent changes in the gaming law proposed by Senator Tomlinson, municipalities that are located within the contiguous municipalities are now eligible to submit grant applications.
Schafer added, “Each year the Redevelopment Authority board and staff spend many hours reviewing the applications before the final decision is made. Applications presented by the municipalities represented a wide range of projects and I am pleased that we can help these communities with projects that address infrastructure, safety and quality of life issues for families in our Lower Bucks County community,” said Schafer.
Jeff Darwak, Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority, noted over $6.7 million in application requests were received. He added, “the Redevelopment Authority looks forward to working with local officials to address the needs of their communities through the Municipal Grant Program. These grants make a big difference in alleviating some of the financial burden for these communities and the taxpayers”.
Since the inception of the Municipal Grant Program in 2008, the Redevelopment Authority has awarded over $40 million for eligible projects. The municipal grant application process is administered by the Redevelopment Authority and offered along with application guidance to each of the eligible municipalities.
Bristol Borough >> Basin Street and Mill Street Safety Improvements: $173,907.
Bensalem Township >> Emergency Responder Radio Replacement: $150,000.
Bristol Borough >> Audio Visual System Upgrade: $25,000.
Bristol Borough >> Police Body Camera System: $15,990.
Bristol Borough >> Police Command Vehicle: $48,961.
Bristol Borough >> Borough-wide Video Camera System: $56,778.
Bristol Township >> Municipal Complex Expansion: $134,450.23
Bristol Township >> Traffic Signal Upgrades on Route 413: $135,000.
Bucks County Police Chiefs Association >> Integration of RMS: $195,000.
Croydon Fire Company >> Generator Replacement: $50,000.
Langhorne Borough >> Borough Hall Roof Replacement: $25,575.
Langhorne Borough >> Municipal Technology Upgrade: $20,946.
Langhorne Borough >> Police Department Vehicle: $50,000.
Langhorne Borough >> SCBA Replacement for Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company: 35,000.
Langhorne Borough >> Traffic Signal Upgrade: $30,800.
Langhorne Manor Borough >> Road Improvements: $200,000.
Langhorne Manor Borough >> SCBA Replacement for Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company: $35,000.
Lower Bucks >> Public Safety Training Center: $625,000.
Lower Southampton Fire Deptartment >> Extraction Equipment: $49,970.
Lower Southampton >> Road Improvements: $200,000.
Lower Southampton Township >> Police Department Vehicle: $66,000.
Lower Southampton Township >> Public Works Vehicle: $54,785.
Main Street Sidewalk and Inlet Repair >> $75,350.
Middletown Township >> Police Department Vehicles: $173,552.
Middletown Township >> SCBA Replacement for Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company: $40,000.
Parkland Fire Company >> Vehicle Replacement: $88,999.
Peace Valley >> Holistic Center Work Program Facility: $50,000.
Penndel Borough Hall >> Repairs and Upgrades: $40,400.
Penndel Borough Police >> Patrol Vehicle and Associated Equipment: $61,300.
Penndel Volunteer Fire Company >> Rescue Tool Replacement: $100,000.
St. Mary Medical Center >> Adult Health Center: $70,000.
Towns Against Graffiti (TAG) >> Partnership of nine municipalities for graffiti and litter removal: $165,000.
Tri-Hampton Rescue Squad >> Generator for EMS Station: $40,000.
William Penn Fire Company >> Emergency Responder Radio Replacement: $47,055.
William Penn Fire Station >> Electrical Upgrades and Generator Installation: $140,317.
Bristol Township >> Wistar Road Bridge Deck Replacement: $300,000.