– A $385,000 state grant that will allow Liberty Township, Mercer County, to expand its sewer infrastructure, better serve its residents and businesses, and create jobs was approved today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, said Rep. Tedd Nesbit (R-Mercer/Butler) and Sen. Michele Brooks (R-Mercer/50th).
“This grant is welcome news, not only to Liberty Township, but to the surrounding area that is eager for development,” Nesbit said. “The lack of dependable infrastructure in that section of Mercer County has prevented any type of business growth. Now, this grant will allow the township to move forward with its plans, expand its service territory and ultimately create jobs.”
Specifically, the grant will allow the township to install 9,600 linear feet of public sanitary sewer force main along Schmidt and Amsterdam roads, and then down the Mercer Butler Pike to the Safari and Adventure Park project site. That park will be located on 129 acres, will have both indoor and outdoor exhibits, and will create approximately 40 new jobs.
“Reliable infrastructure is an important component to economic development,” said Brooks. “I was happy to work with Rep. Nesbit and local officials on this project that not only strengthens the area, but also the county for job growth.”
“I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in this project and for submitting a successful grant application,” Nesbit said. “This grant program is highly competitive, and Liberty Township, along with its various partners, demonstrated that it is worthy of such a large state grant. I’m glad to see that state money coming back to our area.”
The project, to cost nearly $497,400, will also include the installation of 18 grinder pumps to residences and businesses in order to connect them into the force main.
Representative Tedd Nesbit
8th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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