Glendale authority gets $2.4M in loans, grants

FLINTON – Glendale Valley Municipal Authority customers will see much smaller increases in their bills thanks to $2.4 million in grants and loans approved Tuesday.

The money also will allow the authority to connect its Beaver Valley water and sewer lines to Glendale Yearound.

State Sen. John Wozniak, D-Cambria, and Rep. Gary Haluska, D-Patton, praised the funding.

The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority awarded $1.29 million to Glendale for construction of 8,000 feet of waterlines and a booster pump station to connect the Beaver Valley area with Reade Township Municipal Authority’s system and run lines to Glendale Yearound.

The grant also will allow officials to eliminate an existing green sand filter plant, which has several water-quality issues, Haluska said in a press release.

Pennvest also approved funding for a $1.2 million project to build 12,300 feet of new sanitary sewers to connect Glendale’s sewage system to Glendale Yearound and allow the authority to abandon an obsolete sewage treatment plant.

Glendale Manager Tracy Plessinger said the Glendale Yearound plant is over capacity and outdated. The funding will pay to finalize a project, wherein GVMA will connect new lines to a $5 million treatment plant, constructed as part of a U.S Department of Agriculture project.

“When we built our new sewage treatment plant, we sized it to include flows from the Glendale Yearound. This will finish that part of the project,” he said.

A $524,600 grant was awarded, along with $695,400 in low-interest loans. Officials said the 20-year loan will be charged a 1 percent interest rate.

Plessinger said the board has not formally received the offer for funding but said customers should know that the funding offers are excellent and will take some of the burden off them.

He said the Glendale municipal board believed it would be relying on loans to complete the projects.

“A large portion of this money is grant money,” he said. “It’ll have a much lower effect on rates than we’ve been projecting. … We were looking at $10 to $15 per month increases. It will be less than that, certainly.”

Haluska said that the funding will provide for safer, more reliable drinking water and create jobs, and Wozniak touted that the lion’s share of the funding was in the form of grants and the loans that were approved had low interest rates.

Gov. Tom Corbett also made an announcement about the funding, which includes a $5.5 million loan for West Providence Township Municipal Authority in Bedford County.

West Providence received a $5.5 million loan to replace more than 6 miles of old sewage collection lines. The project also will pay for other system improvements.