Rep. Takac announces more than $1.5M in grant awards for the new 82nd District, including $1.15M for the Mountaintop-Snow Shoe Area

HARRISBURG, March 20 – Rep. Paul Takac, D-Centre, today announced additional grant awards from the Commonwealth Financing Authority for projects in the new 82nd Legislative District. That increases the total amount from this round of Local Share Account awards to over $1.5M, including more than $1.15M for communities in the Mountaintop area of northern Centre County.

The latest set of grants total $505,773 for four projects in Snow Shoe Township and Borough. The Mountaintop Regional Water Authority received $99,691 in funding for a utility dump truck with plow system. This will save the authority and its customers money as they currently must rent or subcontract a truck to perform maintenance and operations activities. Snow Shoe Borough also received $181,085 for a new leaf collection truck to replace an older truck that requires multiple people to operate and has become costly to repair.

Two separate building renovation and improvement projects were also funded. The Moshannon Community Center in Snow Shoe Township will receive $85,000 to improve drainage and repave the parking lot, as well as to upgrade lighting, energy efficiency and accessibility. And finally, $139,997 will be used for improvements to the Snow Shoe Township municipal building, which was constructed in 1990. This multipurpose facility serves not only as a garage and offices, but also hosts public meetings and community events. The grant will cover the cost of upgrades to the HVAC, electrical and heating systems, along with improved insulation and energy efficiency. These renovations should also qualify the building to be used as an emergency shelter.

In addition to funding for these projects, Takac previously announced a bipartisan partnership with Sen. Cris Dush, R-Brookville, that will provide an additional $1 million to support other projects in the 82nd District. Those awards include $350,000 for a new tanker truck for the Pine Glen Fire Company, as well as $319,176 to the Mountaintop Regional Water Authority for system upgrades. Regarding this partnership, Takac stated, “Working across the aisle to deliver funding for these projects stands as an example of what we can accomplish when we put politics aside and put people first. I am delighted to help secure this funding for essential infrastructure and emergency services projects in Centre County.”

Rodney Preslovich, Snow Shoe Township supervisor, stated, “We appreciate the focus and support on local issues from our new state representatives. These projects will benefit everyone in the community, and we look forward to continued progress in our area.”

Altogether, Takac has helped secure more than $1.5M in grants for Centre County during this round of Local Share Account funding, including over $1.15M for the Mountaintop region.

“During my campaign, I spoke with many folks on the Mountaintop and I pledged to be their advocate. I’m proud to say that I’ve been able to begin making good on that promise, helping deliver well over a million dollars to benefit the residents of Snow Shoe and surrounding communities,” Takac said. “These investments reflect the importance I place on representing and supporting everyone in the 82nd Legislative District, regardless of ZIP code.”

Local Share Account funding was created by the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act (Act 71 of 2004), which provides for the distribution of gaming revenues through the CFA to support projects in the public interest within Pennsylvania.