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Area gets hundreds of thousands of dollars in gaming grant funds

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 2/26/20

Lower Swatara Township’s police radios and Londonderry Township bridge replacement projects are among more than 80 projects that received funding from gaming grants awarded by the Dauphin …

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Area gets hundreds of thousands of dollars in gaming grant funds

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Lower Swatara Township’s police radios and Londonderry Township bridge replacement projects are among more than 80 projects that received funding from gaming grants awarded by the Dauphin County commissioners on Feb. 19.

Every year, commissioners allocate funds from proceeds generated from the county’s portion of gaming revenue from the Hollywood Casino at Penn National in East Hanover Township.

This year, the county awarded $6.3 million to projects that help human services, improve local infrastructure, enhance transportation, address health and safety needs, assist with emergency services, and further public interest initiatives.

The borough of Middletown did not apply in this round of gaming grants.

Also benefitting are the Lower Swatara Fire Department; the Harrisburg Rugby Football Club, which is building a field in Londonderry Township; the borough of Royalton; and Penn State Harrisburg.

Lower Swatara applied for grant funding for several projects, including to replace its police radios and for debt service for its project to replace bridges and culverts on Lumber Street, Greenwood Drive, Summit Ridge and Highland Street.

It received $133,000 for its debt service and $62,371 to purchase six vehicle-mounted radios and 10 hand-carried radios.

Township manager Betsy McBride said the county wants police radios to be on a new bandwidth. She estimated that it would cost about $90,000 to replace the radios, and the remaining balance is in the budget.

Lower Swatara Fire Department received $195,400 for its debt service for the company’s pumper/tanker.

Londonderry received $94,886 for its debt service to the Dauphin County Infrastructure Bank for its bridge replacement projects. According to township manager Steve Letavic, the township replaced six failing bridges with a combination of grants and DCIB loans.

Harrisburg Rugby Football Club received $35,000 for the construction of its rugby field in Sunset Park in Londonderry Township.

Royalton received $180,000 for a roadway rehabilitation project.

Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority received $19,500 to retro-fit aircraft rescue firefighting equipment for the Harrisburg International Airport Fire Department.

Penn State Harrisburg received $35,000 for the planning of the Harrisburg Innovation Park project, but the grant is conditioned upon receiving full funding for the project within three years.

In 2019, Chancellor John M. Mason Jr. and Penn State Harrisburg’s director of marketing and communication Yvonne Harhigh told the Press & Journal that Mason envisioned the project as an public-private partnership where students and faculty could work together with people in the public or private sector, such as from manufacturing, healthcare or other sectors, on training and research. It would be located on about 64 acres of unused woodland on the western part of campus, which formerly used to be Meade Heights.

D&H Distributing received $90,000 for the construction of a new training center in the company’s new headquarters in Lower Paxton Township.

Other grants in the area and of note countywide include:

• $75,000 for Hummelstown to purchase 11 portable, five mobile police radios and base station radios, allowing them to communicate with other first responders on different frequencies.

 • $125,000 to Tri-County Housing Development Corp. to construct 12 affordable townhomes on almost an acre in the 100 block of Adams Street in Steelton.

• Steelton borough getting $90,000 for Phase II of its skate park conditioned on obtaining full funding; and $12,265 for Steelton Volunteer Fire Department equipment.

• Capital Area Transit received $96,500 for transportation services for veterans to take them to the Lebanon VA Medical Center.

• The Dauphin County Library System received $40,000 for patron computer upgrades.