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RDA Awards over $4 Million in Casino Grants to Area Organizations for Projects

In many ways it was Holiday gifts that came early for 42  projects the Redevelopment Authority of Bucks County announced Thursday with the awarding over $4 million in grants from funds generated at Parx Casino in Bensalem through the Municipal Grant Program.

Each of the projects includes infrastructure improvements, facilities, health and public safety, human services and equipment for law  enforcement, firefighters, and emergency responders. 

 The RDA Board of Directors approved the grants to eligible municipalities at a  public meeting held on December 9, 2022, at the Redevelopment Authority’s office in Bristol  Borough. The grants will be used for a variety of municipal projects that include infrastructure  improvements, facilities, health and public safety, human services and equipment for law  enforcement, firefighters, and emergency responders. 

Thanks to the leadership of recently retired Senator Tomlinson, we have seen firsthand the  meaningful difference the Municipal Grant Program has made to improve and protect our  communities,” said Ralph DiGuiseppe, Chairman of the Authority Board. He added, “Senator  Tomlinson’s vision for the gaming legislation has resulted in tens of millions of dollars being used  locally to address gaming’s impact on our region while reducing the burden on the local taxpayers.  As Chairman of the Redevelopment Authority, I am glad we can help impacted municipalities and  provide police officers, firefighters and emergency responders with the equipment, training, and  resources they need to keep us safe. I would like to thank the Authority Board and staff for spending  many hours reviewing each application before making the final decision.” 

Past Grantee
Credit: The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks

 

The Municipal Grant Program has been more successful than I could have ever envisioned when first drafting the legislation to legalize  gaming in the Commonwealth. Since its creation, the Redevelopment Authority has saved taxpayers  money by awarding over $56 million in grant funding to local municipalities for critical projects.  These projects include grants to support our first responders with equipment such as radios, oxygen  tanks, and vehicles; funding improvements to our local infrastructure; and working to support  community initiatives throughout the lower end of Bucks County. I know that this money will be put to good use serving our community,” said state Senator Tomlinson. 

Credit: The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks

Funds for the Municipal Grant Program are provided by one (1%) percent of the gross terminal  revenue from Parx Casino, as authorized by the Pennsylvania Race Horse and Development Gaming  Act of 2004, as reenacted and amended by the Act of October 30, 2017, P.L. 419 (the “Act”). Grants  from the gaming revenues are authorized by the Board of Directors of the Redevelopment Authority  under the Municipal Grant Program created by the Act from language introduced by Senator Tomlinson. Since the inception of the Municipal Grant Program in 2008, the  Redevelopment Authority has awarded more than $56 million for eligible projects. The municipal  grant application process is administered by the Redevelopment Authority and offered annually  along with application guidance to each of the eligible municipalities.  

Executive Director of the Authority, Jeff Darwak noted “This year we received 49 grant applications  requesting over $7.2 million in funding and were able to support 42 projects. I am pleased that we  can assist municipalities with important infrastructure, facility, health and public safety and law.” 

A full listing of the project grants is below.

Municipal Grant Program – 2023 Project Awards 

Project  Award
Bristol Borough Public Works Dump Truck  $115,450.00
Bristol Borough Public Works Bobcat  $83,986.00
Bristol Borough Public Works Pick-up Truck  $69,275.00
Bristol Borough Police Tasers  $10,568.00
Bristol Borough Police Patrol Vehicle Acquisition  $70,561.00
Bristol Borough Fire Department Water Rescue Equipment  $44,176.00
Relocate Essential Fire and Rescue Communication Equipment at Grundy Towers  $50,000.00
Bucks County Rescue Squad Ambulance Acquisition  $158,178.00
Lower Bucks Public Safety Training Center  $550,000.00
Morrisville Borough Police Department Vehicles Acquisition – via County of Bucks  $133,324.00
Feasterville Fire Co., Lower Southampton Fire Dept. & Lower Southampton Township Fire  Marshal Office Self-contained Breathing Apparatus Replacement Project  $200,000.00
Lower Southampton Township Police Vehicles & Equipment Acquisition  $78,746.00
Lower Southampton Township Road Improvements  $100,000.00
Hulmeville Borough Road Repair and Resurfacing  $195,000.00
Hulmeville Borough Traffic Signal Modernization  $25,191.00
William Penn Fire Company Boiler Replacement  $68,500.00
Towns Against Graffiti – Partnership of 9 Municipalities for Graffiti & Litter Removal  $165,000.00
Bucks County Police Chiefs Association RMS Integration  $115,600.00
Middletown Township Police Vehicles Acquisition  $246,510.00
Middletown Township Public Works Vehicles Acquisition  $202,590.00
Penndel-Middletown Emergency Squad Power Stretchers  $65,184.00
Langhorne Manor Borough Stormwater Management Project  $125,515.00
Langhorne Manor Borough Hall Repairs  $53,800.00
Penndel-Middletown Emergency Squad Stair Chair Replacement  $24,591.00
Penndel Borough Hall Renovations  $139,416.60
Langhorne Borough Police Vehicle Acquisition  $65,751.00
Langhorne Borough Municipal and Police Software Acquisition  $19,509.00

 

Langhorne Borough Police Department Weapon Enhancement and Acquisition  $7,179.00
Langhorne Borough Police Department Radio Batteries Replacement  $2,971.00
Penndel-Middletown Emergency Squad Auxiliary Communication Equipment Acquisition  $19,450.00
Bristol Township Traffic Signal Upgrade Project  $211,000.00
Bristol Township Traffic Signal Video Detection Upgrade  $60,000.00
Bristol Township Police Department Body and In-Dash Camera System Project  $100,000.00
Bristol Township Storm Sewer Inlet Replacement Project  $175,000.00
Bristol Township Firefighting and Rescue Equipment for Township Firefighters  $20,000.00
Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad Cardiac Monitors  $20,000.00
Edgely Fire Company Rescue Tools  $20,000.00
Levittown Fire Company #2 Paratech Vehicle Stabilization Struts  $20,000.00
Croydon Fire Company Tablets and Laptops  $20,000.00
Third District Fire Company Rescue Equipment  $20,000.00
Newportville Fire Company Floor Replacement  $13,298.00
Bucks County Rescue Squad Building Improvements  $150,000.00
Total: $4,035,319.60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RDA Awards over $4 Million in Casino Grants to Area Organizations for Projects

In many ways it was Holiday gifts that came early for 42  projects the Redevelopment Authority of Bucks County announced Thursday with the awarding over $4 million in grants from funds generated at Parx Casino in Bensalem through the Municipal Grant Program.

Each of the projects includes infrastructure improvements, facilities, health and public safety, human services and equipment for law  enforcement, firefighters, and emergency responders. 

 The RDA Board of Directors approved the grants to eligible municipalities at a  public meeting held on December 9, 2022, at the Redevelopment Authority’s office in Bristol  Borough. The grants will be used for a variety of municipal projects that include infrastructure  improvements, facilities, health and public safety, human services and equipment for law  enforcement, firefighters, and emergency responders. 

Thanks to the leadership of recently retired Senator Tomlinson, we have seen firsthand the  meaningful difference the Municipal Grant Program has made to improve and protect our  communities,” said Ralph DiGuiseppe, Chairman of the Authority Board. He added, “Senator  Tomlinson’s vision for the gaming legislation has resulted in tens of millions of dollars being used  locally to address gaming’s impact on our region while reducing the burden on the local taxpayers.  As Chairman of the Redevelopment Authority, I am glad we can help impacted municipalities and  provide police officers, firefighters and emergency responders with the equipment, training, and  resources they need to keep us safe. I would like to thank the Authority Board and staff for spending  many hours reviewing each application before making the final decision.” 

Past Grantee
Credit: The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks

 

The Municipal Grant Program has been more successful than I could have ever envisioned when first drafting the legislation to legalize  gaming in the Commonwealth. Since its creation, the Redevelopment Authority has saved taxpayers  money by awarding over $56 million in grant funding to local municipalities for critical projects.  These projects include grants to support our first responders with equipment such as radios, oxygen  tanks, and vehicles; funding improvements to our local infrastructure; and working to support  community initiatives throughout the lower end of Bucks County. I know that this money will be put to good use serving our community,” said state Senator Tomlinson. 

Credit: The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks

Funds for the Municipal Grant Program are provided by one (1%) percent of the gross terminal  revenue from Parx Casino, as authorized by the Pennsylvania Race Horse and Development Gaming  Act of 2004, as reenacted and amended by the Act of October 30, 2017, P.L. 419 (the “Act”). Grants  from the gaming revenues are authorized by the Board of Directors of the Redevelopment Authority  under the Municipal Grant Program created by the Act from language introduced by Senator Tomlinson. Since the inception of the Municipal Grant Program in 2008, the  Redevelopment Authority has awarded more than $56 million for eligible projects. The municipal  grant application process is administered by the Redevelopment Authority and offered annually  along with application guidance to each of the eligible municipalities.  

Executive Director of the Authority, Jeff Darwak noted “This year we received 49 grant applications  requesting over $7.2 million in funding and were able to support 42 projects. I am pleased that we  can assist municipalities with important infrastructure, facility, health and public safety and law.” 

A full listing of the project grants is below.

Municipal Grant Program – 2023 Project Awards 

Project  Award
Bristol Borough Public Works Dump Truck  $115,450.00
Bristol Borough Public Works Bobcat  $83,986.00
Bristol Borough Public Works Pick-up Truck  $69,275.00
Bristol Borough Police Tasers  $10,568.00
Bristol Borough Police Patrol Vehicle Acquisition  $70,561.00
Bristol Borough Fire Department Water Rescue Equipment  $44,176.00
Relocate Essential Fire and Rescue Communication Equipment at Grundy Towers  $50,000.00
Bucks County Rescue Squad Ambulance Acquisition  $158,178.00
Lower Bucks Public Safety Training Center  $550,000.00
Morrisville Borough Police Department Vehicles Acquisition – via County of Bucks  $133,324.00
Feasterville Fire Co., Lower Southampton Fire Dept. & Lower Southampton Township Fire  Marshal Office Self-contained Breathing Apparatus Replacement Project  $200,000.00
Lower Southampton Township Police Vehicles & Equipment Acquisition  $78,746.00
Lower Southampton Township Road Improvements  $100,000.00
Hulmeville Borough Road Repair and Resurfacing  $195,000.00
Hulmeville Borough Traffic Signal Modernization  $25,191.00
William Penn Fire Company Boiler Replacement  $68,500.00
Towns Against Graffiti – Partnership of 9 Municipalities for Graffiti & Litter Removal  $165,000.00
Bucks County Police Chiefs Association RMS Integration  $115,600.00
Middletown Township Police Vehicles Acquisition  $246,510.00
Middletown Township Public Works Vehicles Acquisition  $202,590.00
Penndel-Middletown Emergency Squad Power Stretchers  $65,184.00
Langhorne Manor Borough Stormwater Management Project  $125,515.00
Langhorne Manor Borough Hall Repairs  $53,800.00
Penndel-Middletown Emergency Squad Stair Chair Replacement  $24,591.00
Penndel Borough Hall Renovations  $139,416.60
Langhorne Borough Police Vehicle Acquisition  $65,751.00
Langhorne Borough Municipal and Police Software Acquisition  $19,509.00

 

Langhorne Borough Police Department Weapon Enhancement and Acquisition  $7,179.00
Langhorne Borough Police Department Radio Batteries Replacement  $2,971.00
Penndel-Middletown Emergency Squad Auxiliary Communication Equipment Acquisition  $19,450.00
Bristol Township Traffic Signal Upgrade Project  $211,000.00
Bristol Township Traffic Signal Video Detection Upgrade  $60,000.00
Bristol Township Police Department Body and In-Dash Camera System Project  $100,000.00
Bristol Township Storm Sewer Inlet Replacement Project  $175,000.00
Bristol Township Firefighting and Rescue Equipment for Township Firefighters  $20,000.00
Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad Cardiac Monitors  $20,000.00
Edgely Fire Company Rescue Tools  $20,000.00
Levittown Fire Company #2 Paratech Vehicle Stabilization Struts  $20,000.00
Croydon Fire Company Tablets and Laptops  $20,000.00
Third District Fire Company Rescue Equipment  $20,000.00
Newportville Fire Company Floor Replacement  $13,298.00
Bucks County Rescue Squad Building Improvements  $150,000.00
Total: $4,035,319.60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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