PITTSBURGH, PA − September 18, 2018 − Senator Jay Costa and Representative Paul Costa today announced the award of more than $400,000 for local projects.

“Unfortunately, municipalities often lack the funds that they need to make critical repairs to their infrastructure and community resources,” said Senator Costa. “We were able to work with some local municipalities to bring their need to the attention of Governor Wolf and the Commonwealth Financing Authority, and I’m proud to say we are bringing major grants back to our constituents.”

The Wilkinsburg Penn Joint Water Authority will receive $193,307 for its Braddock Hills Trihalomethane removal system and West Homestead will receive $137,000 to improve its 8th Avenue sanitary sewer system under the Small Water & Sewer grant program. The Borough of Chalfant will receive $75,000 for rehabilitation of Chalfant Municipal Park; Rankin Borough will begin Phase I of the Rankin Ball Field with a $35,000 grant; and the Township of Wilkins will receive $25,000 for its township amphitheater.

“Parks and playgrounds are important spaces in our communities,” Costa said. “They are the places where we go not just for recreation or sports, but to meet our neighbors and to come together as a community. Both of these projects will be a great benefit to their respective towns.”

Municipalities and municipal authorities are eligible to apply for Small Water & Sewer grants for projects that have a total project cost of not less than $30,000 and not more than $500,000. The projects can include the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system.

Act 13 of 2012 established the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects using the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program.