Sen. Browne and Rep. Mackenzie Secure Critical Infrastructure Funding for Alburtis and Macungie Boroughs

Lehigh County, PA – Alburtis and Macungie Boroughs have been awarded Small Water and Sewer grants by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) at its meeting today (Monday, August 17), according to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh, Berks), who collaborated to secure these grants.  

Alburtis Borough will receive $423,130 for inspection, cleaning and rehabilitation of existing residential sanitary sewer laterals. Additionally, the borough will receive $204,680 for improvements to the stormwater drainage systems in the Chestnut Street neighborhood. Current drainage and runoff issues on Chestnut Street have caused property damage and safety concerns.

“I want to thank Sen. Pat Browne and Rep. Ryan Mackenzie for once again looking out for the small municipalities,” said Sharon Trexler, Alburtis Borough Manager. “With a very small commercial district, we would otherwise have to depend on our tax paying residents to perform this much needed work to our storm and sewer systems.”

Macungie Borough will receive $155,340 for rehabilitation and improvements to South Church Street’s water system, including new piping.

“Macungie Borough is very grateful to be the recipient of this water grant,” said Robert Glisson, Macungie Borough Manager. “These funds will replace an almost 100-year-old leaded water service piping in an area of low- to moderate-income homes with new copper pipes as part of our continuing endeavors to improve our water system.”

Across the Commonwealth, local government budgets have struggled to accommodate the growing demands placed upon their aging water and sewer infrastructure. These issues have been compounded due to budgetary and operational disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Like most local governments, Macungie and Alburtis Boroughs have pressing infrastructure needs which directly impact their resident’s property and quality of life,” Senator Browne said. “These funds will go a long way in ensuring that these needs are met and that the borough can continue to provide its residents with safe and reliable water and sewer systems.”

“This funding will enable the Borough of Alburtis to mitigate infrastructure problems around the intersection of Chestnut Circle West and Windsor Road that are currently causing stormwater runoff to bypass the existing stormwater management system and cause drainage problems, property damage and icing conditions on the roadway during the colder months,” Rep. Mackenzie said.

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)’s Small Water and Sewer program provides grants to municipalities and municipal authorities for the construction, improvement, expansion, rehabilitation or repair of small water supply or sanitary sewer systems.

The CFA was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.

CONTACT:

Matt Szuchyt (Sen. Browne), 610-821-8468, mszuchyt@pasen.gov

Tricia Lehman (Rep. Mackenzie), 717-772-9840, Tlehman@pahousegop.com