HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin today announced the approval of 11 projects through the Municipal Assistance Program (MAP) to assist local government efforts in planning and efficiency implementation.
"Ensuring that we have a government that works means an emphasis on municipal-focused success as a guide for state and local collaboration," Davin said. "Assistance through the MAP helps to facilitate that success by supporting local government improvements that meet their community's specific needs."
The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) recently approved $353,800 in funding for 11 municipal projects throughout the state. Funding assists local governments to plan for and efficiently implement municipal projects available in three groups of activities: shared services, community planning, and floodplain management.
The following local governments were recently awarded funding through the Municipal Assistance Program (MAP):
- $41,300 to Lower Alsace Township, Berks County, to consolidate code enforcement officers from Lower Alsace Township and Mt. Penn Borough.
- $15,400 to Butler Township Volunteer Fire District, Butler County, to merge the Meridian, Greenwood Village, and Lyndora Volunteer Fire Departments.
- $35,900 to Central Bucks Regional Police Department (CBRPD), Bucks County for Chalfont Borough Police Department to join CBRPD.
- $48,700 to Jackson Township, Butler County, to merge the Harmony and Zelienople Volunteer Fire Departments, which serve those boroughs and adjacent Jackson and Lancaster Townships.
- $10,000 to McAdoo Fire Company, Inc., Carbon and Schuylkill Counties, to merge the McAdoo, Keystone, and Tresckow volunteer fire companies into KMT Emergency Services, which will serve McAdoo Borough and Kline Township, Schuylkill County, and Banks Township, Carbon County.
- $5,000 to Mercer County Regional Council of Governments to purchase equipment to be shared among member municipalities to meet road sign reflectivity requirements of PennDOT.
- $25,000 to the Pennsylvania Municipal League for statewide efforts to develop and deliver training to municipal management professionals.
- $25,000 to the Jefferson County Commissioners to update their county-wide comprehensive plan focusing on community, recreation, and tourism infrastructures improvements.
- $35,000 to McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation, Allegheny County for McKees Rocks Borough and Neville Township to jointly undertake revision and modernization of their zoning ordinances.
- $75,000 to the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, to conduct a Transit Revitalization Investment District planning study.
- $37,500 to the Redevelopment Authority of Washington County, for the Mon Valley municipalities of Charleroi Borough, Fallowfield Township, North Charleroi Borough, Speers Borough, and Twilight Borough to undertake a multi-municipal comprehensive plan.
The Municipal Assistance Program, administered by DCED, provides technical resources and assistance for municipalities, consolidation, regional efforts as well as serving as a resource for local government officials, developers, and citizens interested in planning to improve, grow, and enhance communities.
Heidi Havens, 717-783-1132
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development