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PSATS Executive Director Recognized for Leadership Role in NATaT

Friday December 14th, 2018

Outgoing National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT) President David M. Sanko is recognized for his leadership roles in NATaT over the past six years by incoming President Bryan Smith (IL).



Federal Funding Available for Brownfield Assessment, Cleanup

Thursday December 6th, 2018
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications for FY19 Brownfields Assessment, Cleanup, and Multipurpose Grants. The deadline for applications is January 31.
 
Assessment grants provide funding for inventorying brownfield sites; prioritizing sites; conducting community involvement activities, planning, and/or site assessments; developing site-specific cleanup plans; and developing reuse plans related to brownfield sites. Assessment grant funds may not be used for cleanup activities. To learn more about assessment grants, read the guidelines here.
 
Cleanup grants provide funding to carry out cleanup activities on brownfield sites owned by the applicant. To learn more about cleanup grants, read the guidelines here.
 
Multipurpose grants provide funding to carry out a range of eligible activities. Grant applicants should have the capacity to conduct a range of eligible activities, for example:
 
• Developing inventories of brownfield sites;
• Prioritizing sites;
• Conducting community involvement activities;
• Conducting environmental site assessments;
• Developing cleanup plans and reuse plans related to brownfield sites;
• Conducting cleanup activities on brownfield sites owned by the applicant; and
• Developing an overall plan for revitalization.
 
To learn more about multipurpose grants, read the guidelines here.
 


Coca-Cola, Keep America Beautiful Accepting Applications For Recycling Bin Grants

Monday November 26th, 2018
Keep America Beautiful and the Coca-Cola Foundation are accepting applications for their Public Spaces Recycling Bin Grants. The deadline for applications is December 30.
 
Eligible recipients include government agencies, colleges and universities, civic organizations, and public and local nonprofit groups throughout the United States.
 
Keep America Beautiful will award the grants in mid-January 2019 and make arrangements with suppliers to deliver recycling bins directly to the recipients in the first quarter of 2019.
 
"Since its inception in 2007, the grant program has made impressive strides toward expanding recycling in public spaces," says Randy Hartmann, senior director of affiliate operations for Keep America Beautiful. "Through these grants, The Coca-Cola Foundation is reducing two of the primary barriers for on-the-go recycling – accessibility and convenience."
 
The program will distribute 4,500 recycling bins in public space locations ranging from athletic fields to fairs and festivals to downtown streetscapes and playgrounds and other on-the-go settings.
 
The program is funded through a $350,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation to Keep America Beautiful, which in turn awards recycling bins through a competitive, merit-based application process.
 
For details, visit the Public Spaces Recycling Bin Grants website.


Traffic Signal Funding Available Through Green Light-Go Program

Thursday November 1st, 2018
Townships that want to upgrade traffic signals can apply for funding through the state Department of Transportation's (PennDOT) Green Light-Go Program. The deadline for applications is January 11, 2019.
 
Up to $40 million is available for FY 2018-2019. The program is a reimbursement grant program, and applicants must provide a 20 percent match.
 
Eligible projects include:
 
• replacement of bulbs with LEDs;
 
• traffic signal retiming;
 
• study and removal of unwarranted traffic signals;
 
• traffic corridor monitoring;
 
• installation of innovative technologies;
 
• communications/connections to traffic management center;
 
• detection and/or controller upgrades;
 
• modernization upgrades; and
 
• intelligent transportation systems.
 
Funds may be used for planning, pre-construction, and construction activities, including engineering and design, utilities and permitting, right-of-way acquisition, and construction inspection.
 
Activities that are not eligible for grant funding include new traffic signals, routine maintenance, emergency pre-emption equipment, battery backup, and flashing warning devices.
 
All projects will be managed locally by the applicant unless otherwise specified by PennDOT. Projects must follow the procedures for liquid fuels projects as set forth in Publication 9.
 
Applications must be submitted electronically through the web-based dotGrants program. For more information, call Stephen Gault, statewide traffic signal operations engineer, at (717) 783-6988 or email ra-pdsignalfunding@pa.gov. Townships may also go to the Green Light-Go Program webpage for more information.