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2 Berks municipalities receive state grants for recreational and environmental projects

Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified 22 applicants in the recent round of funding as recipients.

Two municipalities in Berks County have been awarded a total of a little more than $220,000 in Act 13 grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

• Lower Alsace Township was awarded $200,000 in flood mitigation funding for the rehabilitation of the Stony Creek streambank project.

Over several years severe storms have damaged Antietam Creek, which now floods during heavy rains and threatens nearby Antietam School District facilities. The funding will go toward rebuilding the collapsed creek wall, dredging the creek to remove debris, removing dead vegetation and replacing sections of deteriorated sidewalks. Phase two will rebuild a pedestrian bridge that was damaged by storms and create a safe pathway to and from school buildings.

• Laureldale was awarded $22,321 to install a walking path at Manzella Park.

State Sen. Judy Schwank and state Rep. Mark Rozzi said in a joint press release that they are happy to see local projects included in this latest round of funding.

“We’re fortunate to have outdoor spaces throughout Berks County that can be enjoyed by people of all ages,” Schwank said. “These projects improve accessibility to greenspaces and will address a public safety risk around the Antietam School District. I commend both local governments for taking action to preserve our natural resources.”

Rozzi added that well-maintained recreational areas are an important component of an active and healthy community.

“I’m encouraged to see Lower Alsace and Laureldale take full advantage of these funding opportunities,” he said. “These projects will be of great benefit to nearby residents.”

Source: Berkshire mont

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