HARRISBURG – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) announced two improvement projects in the 54th District that will benefit from an additional $300,000 in state funding approved through the Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Fund Grant (GEDF).
The projects that are receiving funding through the GEDF that Brooks advocated for include:
• Fawn Township: Awarded a $100,000 grant for the reconstruction of Metz Road from Bullcreek Road to Ridge Road. Crews will be replacing 350 feet of guide rail.
• West Deer Township: Awarded a $100,000 grant for improvements to Bairdford Park which includes the wall behind the baseball fields, storm-water improvements, installation of security cameras and pavilion renovations.
“I’m happy GEDF recognized the value in these projects, and I could advocate for it,” said Brooks. “The Fawn Township project will improve our roadways and help to remediate flood waters and landslides. The West Deer Township project will enhance outdoor recreation opportunities. With improved roads and park renovations, it will help to boost the economy by bringing residents of neighboring communities into the area.”
The GEDF program was established by Act 71 of 2004. The grant program was scheduled to end in 2019. However, language was added to Act 42 of 2017 to extend these vital community improvement programs for an additional 10 years starting in Fiscal Year 2019-20. The GEDF program is funded through gaming revenues and does not use General Fund taxpayer dollars.
The 54th Legislative District includes the townships of Fawn, West Deer and part of Harrison in Allegheny County; and also in Westmoreland County, the boroughs of Export, Lower Burrell and Murrysville; along with the townships of Allegheny, Upper Burrell and part of Penn.
Representative Bob Brooks
54th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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