Note: In a previous version of this article, 22 applicants in a recent funding round were incorrectly identified as recipients.
Two Berks County municipalities have received a total of just over $220,000 in Act 13 grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
• Lower Alsace Township received $200,000 in flood mitigation funding for the Stony Creek Shoreline Rehabilitation Project.
Over the years, heavy storms have damaged the Antiteham Creek, which now floods during heavy rains and threatens nearby Antiteham School District facilities. Funding will go toward rebuilding a collapsed creek wall, dredging the creek to remove debris, removing dead vegetation and replacing portions of deteriorated sidewalks. The second phase will rebuild the pedestrian bridge that was damaged by the storm and create a safe route to and from the school buildings.
• Laureldale received $22,321 to install a walking path in Manzella Park.
State Sen. Judy Schwank and state Rep. Mark Rosie said in a joint news release that they are excited to see local projects included in this latest round of funding.
“We are fortunate to have open spaces throughout Berks County that people of all ages can enjoy,” Schwank said. “These projects improve the accessibility of green space and eliminate the risk to public safety around the Antietam School District. I am grateful to both local authorities for taking steps to preserve our natural resources.”
Rosie added that landscaped recreational areas are an important component of an active and healthy community.
“I am pleased that Lower Alsace and Laureldale are taking full advantage of these funding opportunities,” he said. “These projects will greatly benefit nearby residents.”