March 17, 2023- BUCKS COUNTY, PA — Today, Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and Representative Shelby Labs (R-143) announced $345,000 in state funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Local Share Account Statewide Program for a community improvement project based in Plumstead Township.
Plumstead Township was awarded $345,000 to replace two aging water filter vessels in their municipal water system. These filters remove iron and manganese from Cabin Run Wells 2 and 3 in the Northern System. That system serves seven communities in Plumstead Township, and around 880 properties.
“These new water filters will allow Plumstead Township to continue providing clean, safe water to all residents of the township,” said Senator Santarsiero. “I am always happy when I can help municipalities in my district make important infrastructure upgrades that improve the quality of life for residents.”
“This project is vital in continuing to provide residents of Plumstead Township with suitable drinking water,” Representative Labs said. “The grant funding will replace two filter vessels, which remove iron and manganese from the Cabin Run Wells to ensure water continues to meet quality standards.”
Plumstead Township Manager Angela Benner added, “This is wonderful news. We are so appreciative of the funding and for Senator Santarsiero and Representative Labs’ continued support of Plumstead Township. This green sand filter project is a major capital project for one of our main wells in Plumstead Township. Projects like this have to be completed by the Township so that we can continue to provide our residents with quality drinking water.”
The funds come from the distribution of gaming revenues through the Commonwealth Financing Authority. They support a variety of community projects and can be used for any project that serves the public interest and improves the quality of life for members of the community.
For more information on the Local Share Account Statewide Program, visit the DCED website.
Bucks County, PA – March 10, 2023– Today, Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and Representatives Brian Munroe (D-144) and Shelby Labs (R-143) announced $80,000 in law enforcement funding for New Britain Township Police Department through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).
The funds were made available as part of the PCCD’s Local Law Enforcement Support Grant program, using money from the Federal American Rescue Plan. The funds will be used for in car camera systems and mobile modems.
“Our communities are safest when our local police have adequate resources to do their jobs,” said Senator Santarsiero. “These technological improvements will improve officer safety and provide accountability and transparency to the residents of New Britain Township.”
Rep. Munroe added, “As a former police officer, I recognize how important it is for local law enforcement to have up-to-date technology at hand. By enhancing their communications with in-car camera systems and cradle point mobile modems, we’re equipping the dedicated officers of the New Britain Township Police Department with more of the best tools possible to serve our community.”
“I am thrilled New Britain Township has received funding to support our local law enforcement,” said Rep. Labs. “The work they do in protecting our communities does not go unnoticed and this grant will ensure they have the equipment they need to continue that work.”
“These funds will further modernize the New Britain Township Police Department and improve police services to the New Britain Township community,” said New Britain Township Police Chief Richard Clowser. “This technology can be costly and take years to program into budgets. The awarding of this grant and other grants greatly helps the Township achieve its goals more quickly and efficiently, therefore providing the professional services that the community deserves.”
The Local Law Enforcement Support Grant is designed to provide law enforcement agencies with the necessary resources to implement information technology improvements, purchase or upgrade equipment, cover nontraditional law enforcement personnel costs, support retention and recruitment efforts, and provide necessary training and cover related expenses.
For more information on the PCCD’s Local Law Enforcement Support Grant, visit their website.
BUCKS COUNTY – October 26, 2022 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and Representative Shelby Labs (R-143) announced $1,666,030 in state funds they have secured from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) for the Plumsteadville Volunteer Fire Company.
“I am incredibly grateful for the time and service of the Plumsteadville Volunteer Fire Company firefighters who serve our community, and I enthusiastically supported the fire company’s application for funding to renovate and rebuild various parts of the fire station,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “I’d like to thank Governor Wolf for supporting our request to dedicate RACP funds for the Plumsteadville Fire Company, which will provide the fire company a state-of-the-art facility with which to serve the community.”
“The new and renovated stations will bring improved safety to our communities,” Labs said, “and it will give our first responders a better place to do their invaluable job of protecting us.”
The grant funds will be used for re-construction of the recently demolished Plumsteadville Volunteer Fire Company’s Sub-Station #20 and for renovations to their main station #24. These renovations and rebuilding projects will replace the existing, outdated structure, bringing it up to code and ensuring safe operation for years to come.
“This grant application was successful due to the collaborative efforts of the Plumsteadville Volunteer Fire Company, Plumstead Township Board of Supervisors, and Bedminster Township Board of Supervisors,” said Plumsteadville Volunteer Fire Company President Charlie Rumble. “We want to acknowledge Senator Santarsiero, Representative Labs and their staff members for advocating for this public safety project.”
RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs.
To learn more about RACP projects and grants, visit the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget website.
BUCKS COUNTY – November 19, 2021 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10), along with state Representative Shelby Labs (R-143) today announced $450,000 in state funds to Plumstead Township for pedestrian improvements on Old Easton Road and Route 611.
“Pedestrian access is critical to keeping our communities safe,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “The extension of the sidewalks and installation of pedestrian signaling along these active roadways will help students get to nearby schools safely and will improve access to Plumstead Township businesses.”
“Improving the safety of our intersections by installing features such as ADA compliant curb ramps, high-visibility crosswalks and pedestrian push buttons, will allow better access to our local businesses, increasing community connection,” said Rep. Labs. “I am pleased to see these funds will contribute to our community in such ways.”
Sen. Santarsiero continued, “These pedestrian expansions are an important piece of the broader Plumstead Village Revitalization Project, ultimately improving accessibility of shops, restaurants and local amenities for residents. I am happy to support this project and look forward to seeing this important work continue.”
For more information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority and Multimodal Transportation Fund grants visit the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development website.