Mar. 26, 2024

HARRISBURG – In an effort to improve safety, transportation, infrastructure and water quality, Rep. Leslie Rossi (R-Westmoreland) announced today the awarding of more than $950,00 for community improvements in the 59th Legislative District. Rossi played a key role in securing the funding for these projects.

“These grants will go a long way in many areas to help promote improvements in security, water systems, infrastructure and safety,” said Rossi. “It is necessary we invest in communities that make up the 59th District because it will attract business growth and provide jobs. I support all efforts to rejuvenate our area. It was my pleasure to advocate for this funding.”

The first type of grants were Local Share Account (LSA) grants which support economic development, job training, community improvement and public interest projects through gaming funds under Act 71 of 2004.

The local grants, which totaled $303,430, include:

• Derry Township - $60,000 for Panizzi Road to replace a plastic pipe culvert, repave the bridge approaches and install erosion control measures.
• Latrobe City - $131,000 to upgrade the municipal building. The project will include purchase and installation of a new water heater and storage tank, as well as two air handling units in the basement of the municipal building. Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) contributed to this project.
• Latrobe City – $12,000 for the Latrobe Police Department to purchase three camera car systems. The new system will provide transparency of interactions, as well as enhance the safety of officers by providing evidence of the interactions between officers and citizens.
• Fairfield Township - $34,211 for renovations to the municipal building. The project will update the office and public meeting room, and also make repairs to the uneven cement floor; replace the worn wall paneling and ceiling tiles; install exterior doors; and modernize the electrical system. Sen. Joe Pittman (R-Armstrong/Indiana/Jefferson/Westmoreland) contributed to this project.

Rossi also announced today the awarding of a $650,000 Multimodal Transportation Fund Program grant to construct internal roads for the Derry Business Park development.

• Unity Township – $66,219 to purchase a skid steer loader to aid in the continual recycling operation and property site maintenance. Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) contributed to this project.

“This is very important funding because not only does this project benefit the people of Unity Township, but it also benefits all of Westmoreland County,” said Rossi. “This is a county facility that services everyone. It will help give workers the ability to move the recycling and disposal items around easier which aids the workers at the facility to better service those in the community.”

The grants were approved and awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which was established as an independent agency that holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.

Representative Leslie Rossi
59th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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