Wolf Administration Announces More Than $8 Million in Funding to Support Water and Sewer Projects in 22 Counties

first_imgWolf Administration Announces More Than $8 Million in Funding to Support Water and Sewer Projects in 22 Counties August 19, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Economy, Infrastructure, Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of more than $8 million in funding to support H2O PA Flood Control, High Hazard Dams, and Water, Sanitary Sewer, and Stormwater projects through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA).“Investments in our water and sewer systems preserve Pennsylvania’s infrastructure and the health of our communities,” said Gov. Wolf. “My administration is committed to the health and safety of residents in all corners of the commonwealth, and the funding approved yesterday will benefit communities for years to come.”The H2O PA program provides for single-year and multi-year grants for the construction of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects; the construction or renovation of flood control projects; and the repair or rehabilitation of high-hazard unsafe dams.The H2O PA projects approved during the CFA meeting are:Flood ControlThe Turtle Creek maintenance project in Allegheny County was approved for $100,000 to remove sediment and clear vegetation on the bank of Turtle Creek. This project will restore the design level of flood protection and safeguard the lives and property of Turtle Creek Watershed residents.The City of Dubois Sandy Lick Creek Stream rehabilitation project in Clearfield County was approved for $710,000 to restore the streambank, remove the gravel bar and for engineering.The Borough of Clarks Summit Watershed Flood Control and Protection project in Lackawanna County was approved for $200,000 to implement Urban Stream Restoration, re-constrict the streambed, reinforce portions of the streambed with rock armoring and natural vegetation, and construct stone weirs and natural pools. This project will also reestablish the hydraulic cross-section and alignment of this corridor.The Rice Township Ice Ponds Dam project in Luzerne County was approved for $508,833 to dewater the lake per Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission specifications, install a watertight cofferdam, dewater the remaining lake between the cofferdam and the spillway, bore a 24-inch diameter hole through the bottom of the dam, install a metal sleeve and a valve gate, pass all engineering and Department of Environmental Protection inspections, refill the lake, leave the cofferdam in place, clear the spillway and achieve certification that the dam is compliant with Pennsylvania law.The Dupont Borough Phase II Flood Mitigation Control Rehabilitation project in Luzerne County was approved for $507,926 to repair concrete joints, repair sections in need, and for maintenance to prevent lifting of concrete sections, water eroding underneath the concrete slabs, deteriorating concrete on the wave reduction walls, failing gaskets, and missing grout in joints. The funds will be used to support construction, engineering and permitting.The total funding for these projects is just over $2 million.High Hazard DamsThe City of Reading Egleman’s Lower Dam Modification project in Berks County was approved for $350,000 to lower the elevation of the dam by four feet and raise the bottom of the pond by four to five feet, to create a water depth of three to four feet, which is the depth necessary for growing bass. The principal spillway will also be modified to regulate the average water level. The overall water surface area of the pond will be reduced by 25 percent. The modifications are aimed at reducing the dam hazard classification from high hazard to low hazard.Water, Sewer, and StormThe 47 approved projects include stormwater and sewer line upgrades, wastewater treatment plant upgrades, street stormwater improvements, sanitary sewer line replacements and more across 22 counties throughout the commonwealth.A complete list of H2O projects is available.For more information about DCED and the CFA, visit dced.pa.gov.Ver esta página en español.last_img read more

Police Association asks, ‘what if cops could legally use weed?’

first_imgStuff co.nz 10 October 2018Family First Comment: “The association would not take a pro or an anti-legalisation stance in the public debate because its members had to enforce the law, whatever it was.” Wrong answer. The police should be arguing for an anti-legalisation stance, just as they argue against alcohol outlets and licences. #PeopleAboveProfits www.VoteNo.nzWhether or not frontline cops can use cannabis and work if legalisation occurs will need to be decided, the Police Association says.With a referendum looming on legalising the recreational use of cannabis the Police Association is asking members to consider the implications for frontline officers who use the drug if it becomes legal.Police Association president Chris Cahill raised the issue on Wednesday at the opening in the association’s annual conference exploring the theme “Weeding out the referendum: Policing with a ‘Yes’ vote”.“From a policing perspective there is another impairment challenge not immediately obvious to this debate, if cannabis is legal cops can use it too.“The consequences of THC being detected in a drug test following a critical incident such as a police shooting are extremely serious for us,” Cahill said.Police already had a policy advising that they don’t come to work if affected by alcohol or illegal drugs.If cannabis became legal, police would need to know exactly where they stood on their own personal use.“We cannot have [officers] turning up to work believing they are clean, only to test positive for THC following a critical incident that may have occurred days after use of cannabis,” Cahill said.As for the policing of drug driving, developing a roadside test for cannabis was not as easy as it sounded and was fraught with complications.These included delays between stopping a driver and taking a blood test, chronic users still testing positive even after 30 days of abstinence, variables in cannabis strength, whether it was inhaled or consumed and the mixing of cannabis with alcohol.Defining impairment would take serious scientific and legal input and the sooner this insight began, the better, Cahill said.The association would not take a pro or an anti-legalisation stance in the public debate because its members had to enforce the law, whatever it was.Responding to criticism from an association member on the devastation wrought by the legalisation of synthetic cannabis, police minister Stuart Nash said very strong arguments could be made for and against legalising genuine cannabis but the issue must be framed around health rather than crime.The issue of arrested development in young, heavy cannabis users was a concern but the counter to that was the harm caused by gangs and Nash questioned whether it might be better to target synthetics, methamphetamine and the synthetic opiod fentanyl – if it arrived.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/107727589/police-association-asks-what-if-cops-can-legally-use-weedKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Gers swoop for Spurs youths on loan

first_img Like Ball, Oduwa was also playing League Two football last season, spending three months on loan at Luton where he made three starts and eight appearances off the bench. The signings of Ball and Oduwa takes the number of new arrivals in Mark Warburton’s Rangers squad this summer to nine. Ball, 20, is a defender who can also play in midfield while 19-year-old Oduwa is a left-sided forward. Ball, who has represented England at Under-19 and U20 level having previously played for Northern Ireland at various youth levels up to U21, spent the second half of last season on loan at Cambridge United, making 11 appearances. Press Associationcenter_img Rangers have announced the signings of Tottenham youngsters Dominic Ball and Nathan Oduwa on season-long loans, subject to international clearance.last_img read more

Broward County Lifts Curfew Following George Floyd Protests

first_imgCities may still have their own curfews in place. For that reason, the county asks residents to check with their municipality.Protests in Broward County since Sunday night have remained mostly peaceful, as residents take place in nationwide demonstrations against racial inequality, following the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. Broward officials announced Wednesday afternoon that they are lifting the countywide curfew, although they warn it could be reinstated if there are any threats of civil unrest.The county has been under a curfew order from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. since last Sunday, when afternoon protests in Fort Lauderdale became chaotic amid tension between law enforcement and demonstrators.County Administrator Bertha Henry terminated the curfew order on Wednesday afternoon. The curfew could be reimposed, officials add, with as little as one-hour notice “if there is evidence of possible civil unrest that threatens the health, safety, or welfare of the public.”Emergency curfew order is lifted with the condition it can be reimposed if lives, businesses, or property are threatened. https://t.co/9ef5GpbqYs— Broward County, FL (@ReadyBroward) June 3, 2020last_img read more