State grant to help with costs of Center Township water extension
The Central Indiana County Water Authority's proposed $4.3 million project to extend water service in Center Township will get a boost from a $750,000 PennWorks grant through the state's Department of Community and Economic Development.
Once the PennWorks grant is formally accepted and released, the authority will have secured roughly $2 million in project funding, according to authority manager Rob Nymick.
The first phase of the expansion project was set to begin construction early this year, to extend the water main at Cherry Run Road to Ginter Road.
The authority will be soliciting bids for the next phase of the project — extending water lines to the Kunkle Development, which includes Fabin Brothers Farm and Brookside Dairy Farm. The authority board hopes to approve a bid and begin construction on that phase of the project by April, Nymick said.
“The Ginter Road section will be under construction the first of the year,” Nymick said. “That's depending on weather, as well.... We're hoping the second leg of the Kunkle Development will start some time in March or April.”
When the project is completed, Nymick said roughly 90 new connections to the water line will have been established.
“That includes the agricultural, as well residential and two commercial sites,” he said.
The Joseph Land Development at the intersection of Route 119 and Luciusboro Road is already connected to CICWA utilities, according to Nymick, and the water authority and the Indiana County Development Corporation are weighing the need for a water storage tank at the site.
The Fabin and Brookside farms will be among the other beneficiaries of the upcoming phases of the expansion, which are to include the installation of water mains, a pumping station and a water storage tank.
State Sen. Don White and Rep. Dave Reed, both Indiana Republicans, touted the project's potential to promote economic growth and bring jobs to Center Township in a statement released jointly by the officials.
“This project not only benefits two of our local farms, but will also provide water service to the ICDC's business park which may bring as many as 200 new family-sustaining jobs to the community,” White said. “The success of our other industrial parks in Indiana County shows these investments provide real benefits in the form of new business and jobs. This project will hopefully encourage similar economic growth up the Route 119 corridor.”
Reed similarly noted the importance of the grant, and the project itself, in driving job growth in the area.
“This is an important grant for a major project for Center Township as well as all of Indiana County,” Reed said. “This funding will support the ICDC's efforts to actively promote further economic growth and job creation efforts along Route 119.
“I am particularly pleased this grant will further support previous investments in Center Township. The Homer-Center School Board and Center Township Supervisors have been important partners in our efforts to bring new economic opportunities to our county. This grant is just one more example of how our partnership is paying off.”
Greg Reinbold is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-459-6100, ext. 2913 or email@example.com.