McGarrigle Announces $1.8 Million in Grants for Delaware County Parks and Sewer Improvements

Harrisburg – State Senator Tom McGarrigle (R-26) today announced the approval of more than $1.8 million in state grants to help pay for parks and sewer system improvements across Delaware County.

“I am pleased to help secure funding for initiatives that help ensure the high quality of life that makes Delaware County such a wonderful place in which to live,” McGarrigle said. “It is important that taxpayer dollars return to our area to support critical community projects.”

Newtown Township ($37,500)

The township proposes to prepare a master plan for its 6.36-acre Greer Park. The master plan will address ecological issues with the pond, dam and stream, as well as park access and facilities. Stream improvements in the park could also assist the Township with their MS-4 Plan requirements. Other possible Improvements to the park will include universal accessibility, programming for additional activities, new playground facilities, picnic areas, trails, signage, and site interpretation. The total project cost is $75,000.

Aldan Borough ($245,048)

Aldan Borough plans to construct a wood pavilion in Aldan Borough Park. The construction of the pavilion will include a snack bar, kitchen, restrooms with fixtures, plumbing and electric. The immediate area surrounding the proposed pavilion will be graded, with a concrete sidewalk installed between Shisler Avenue and the pavilion. Total project cost is $288,292.

Lakeview Home & School Association, Ridley Park ($50,000)

Funds will be used for Phase 2 of the Lakeview Elementary school playground project located in Ridley Park Borough. The current school playground, originally installed in 1993, is outdated and in disrepair. The association proposed a two-phased project plan for the playground that was approved by the Ridley School District in February 2017. Phase 1 is already complete. Phase 2 proposes to remove the existing equipment and replace it with new equipment that includes two climbing structures, a three-slide structure, a spin apparatus and two balancing structures. The total project cost is $93,129.

Rutledge Borough ($424,972)

The grant will help pay to rehabilitate the borough’s sanitary sewer system. The project will rehabilitate 7,866 linear feet of eight-inch sewer main, 150 lateral connections, and 32 manholes between President and Swarthmore Avenues and along Morton Avenue which is experiencing inflow and infiltration due to the age of the system, roots infiltration and cracks in the main. The total project cost is $499,968.

Marple Township ($162,500)

The funds will go toward the rehabilitation of its sanitary sewer system. The township has found various points of inflow and infiltration through the televising of their existing sanitary sewer system between 2010 and 2017. The township will line 1,100 linear feet of sanitary sewer line along Foxcroft Road, Hillside Road, Ivy Lane, West Chester Pike, Harvard Avenue, New Ardmore Avenue, South New Ardmore Avenue, and Elm Circle. The total project cost is $202,500.

Swarthmore Borough ($300,000)

Funds will help rehabilitate portions of the sanitary sewer system in the borough. It will rehabilitate the existing sewer system with 4,800 linear feet of cured in place pipe lining of sewer mains, spot repairs, 400 linear feet of open trench pipe, and two manholes. The lining and repairs were identified as a high priority from video inspection over the past several years. The total project cost is $375,000.

Springfield Township ($240,000)

The grant will help pay for a project to rehabilitate portions of its sanitary sewer system. The township has identified 91 locations throughout the township in need of pipe or manhole repair. The project involves rehabilitating the eight-inch sewer mains with a cured in place pipe lining and/or fiberglass sport repairs as well as lining of the manholes. The total project cost is $300,000.

East Lansdowne Borough ($380,826)

Funding will be used for the replacement of sanitary sewer mains and laterals along Pembroke Avenue. The existing terracotta pipe is 100 years old and is prone to tree roots, infiltration and misalignment, leading to blockages that can result in backups in homes or overflow conditions at manholes. The project includes the replacement of approximately 600 linear feet of defective sanitary sewer main, 23 laterals and three manhole rehabilitations along Pembroke Avenue. The total project cost is $448,030.

The funding was awarded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program and PA Small Water and Sewer Program. The CFA is an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Its board consists of seven members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking and Securities.

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CONTACT: Mike Rader (717) 787-7305