Richland gets $187k grant for stream bank improvements
Sunday, October 6, 2019 | 12:01 AM
Richland Township received a $187,000 grant through the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program that will allow it to make needed stream bank improvements without passing the costs on to taxpayers, township manager Dean Bastianini said.
“These grants are highly competitive, and without the support of state Sen. Lindsey Williams, state Sen. Lori Mizgorski and state Rep. Mike Turzai, we might not have been successful,” Bastianini said. “It’s an example of their recognition of local priorities, because this was a priority of the Richland board of supervisors. Without help to accomplish this in the form of a grant, we would have been looking at imposing a fee or possibly raising taxes, but because of this grant we won’t have to do that. It was an important grant award.”
As part of the township’s stormwater management responsibilities set by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the municipality is responsible for reducing pollution in the portions of Deer Creek and Pine Creek that flow through the township, Bastianini said.
Last year, the board of supervisors signed a pollution reduction plan that includes the removal of sediment from the streams and stabilization of the stream banks to limit erosion that can occur during heavy rain when the creeks run high. The overall cost for the project is about $250,000, Bastianini said.
• Richland will host a document shredding event by Out of Sight Shredding for a small fee from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. Bags and containers will be weighed at 20 cents per pound; regular-sized boxes (13-inch- by-15.5-inch) will be charged at $6 per box; and legal-sized banker boxes will be charged at $9 per box. Payment is by cash or check only. The event will be held in the front parking lot of the municipal building. Documents will be stored securely then transported to an off-site location where they will be shredded, providing job training and employment to the blind and visually impaired employed at the facility as well as individuals with other physical or mental disabilities.
• Also on Nov. 2, there will be a household hazardous waste collection event at the Richland Department of Public Works building at 4019 Dickey Road that is open to residents and nonresidents. There will be fees for items collected such as paint, televisions, electronics and propane tanks. Registration is required before the event at ecsr.net or by calling 866-815-0016.