Mercer Co. to get $1.39M in funds for environment

MERCER, Pa. -- Mercer County commissioners will soon be notifying local municipalities they can apply for Growing Greener grants funded by a $625 million state bond issue passed by Pennsylvania voters in May 2005.
They said at their chief clerk's meeting Tuesday that Mercer County has been designated to receive $1.39 million from the fund. Municipalities will receive information on how to submit qualifying projects for consideration. Commissioners will decide which projects will be funded.
Commissioner Olivia Lazor said commissioners plan to fund $60,000 worth of work to the county's seven earthen dams.
The Growing Greener II initiative seeks to clean up the state's rivers and streams affected by mine and other types of pollution, to prepare contaminated industrial sites for reuse, to protect farm and natural areas, to fund community park and riverfront restoration and to invest in energy production. It is the largest investment in environmental programs in Pennsylvania history.
New truck
Also, commissioners announced that the county has been awarded a truck paid for by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Frank Jannetti, the county's public safety director, said a GMC truck was allocated to his office through Region 13, the Southwest Pennsylvania Emergency Response Group that includes Pittsburgh and 13 surrounding counties.
He said delivery is expected in late summer. The vehicle will replace a 1997 GMC Jimmy.
Jannetti said his department has one other vehicle, which was also given to the county several years ago by the Department of Homeland Security.
Jannetti said he also expects to hear by June whether the county will receive $3.1 million in funds he has applied for that would give the county the capacity to determine the location of 911 calls made from cell phones.

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