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Dauphin County Commissioners award $6.1 million in gaming money to more than 80 recipients

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The Dauphin County Commissioners recently awarded $6.1 million to municipalities, schools and organizations in the county.

The funds are from the gaming dollars from Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in East Hanover Township and available through the casino local share revenue program.

The Dauphin County Gaming Advisory Board presented recommendations to the commissioners for recipients of funding. Those recommendations were made following application and hearing processes. The Gaming Advisory Board said it considered and prioritized public interest, emergency and human services, transportation, and infrastructure projects. The Board of Commissioners approved the grants on Feb. 24 to 78 recipients.

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“These are projects and programs that would require taxpayer funds if not for the local share revenue,” Commissioner Chair Jeff Haste said in a press release. “It is imperative that lawmakers and Gov. Wolf preserve this program which, year after year, enhances community growth and strength.”

The money was provided for school security enhancements, emergency responder equipment, food bank resources, and infrastructure projects among other initiatives.

“Food banks and services that provide essential items are crucial during this ongoing pandemic,” Commissioner George P. Hartwick said.

The local share funds, by law, cannot be used for property taxes, according to the commissioners but they say that the funds still help.

“They go a long way in keeping property taxes from being increased,” Commissioner Mike Pries said. “These project costs otherwise would have been borne by taxpayers.”

Projects that applied for funding and did not receive grant money will be given prioritized reconsideration next year, the commissioners said.

Among this year’s awards include $500,000 to East Hanover Township for annual road maintenance, fire company self-contained breathing apparatus; $69,690 to the Salvation army for food recovery, assistance and nutrition services program; $128,387 to the Lower Paxton Township Police Department for body cameras and mobile vehicle cameras and $50,000 to the Harrisburg Rugby Football Club for design and construction of rugby fields and related improvements.

Here is a complete list of projects awarded funding:

Host & Contiguous

South Hanover Township (Municipal complex debt reduction) - $284,000","type":"text

Derry Township ($157,069 Police and Public Works radios; $68,400 Hershey Volunteer Fire Co. radio replacements; $45,000 Derry Township School District safety and security upgrades and $17,700 Hershey American Legion building roof replacement) - $288,169","type":"text

Middle Paxton Township ($124,000 Potato Valley Road Bridge debt; $126,300 Dauphin Middle Paxton Joint Park Authority site development plan and ADA improvements) - $250,300","type":"text

Rush Township (Skid steer vehicle) - $74,236","type":"text

Other Awards

Other Awards

Dauphin County Sheriff’s Office (Replacement of mobile and portable police radios) - $68,000","type":"text

Dauphin Co. Local Emergency Planning Committee (Hazardous Materials Duty Officer response vehicle replacement) - $69,330","type":"text

Dauphin County General Authority (Golf course irrigation system debt payment) - $141,200","type":"text

Susquehanna Township ($90,000 Uptown infrastructure improvement project debt payment and $60,000 Boyd Park Phase 2 improvements) - $150,000","type":"text

Susquehanna Township ($90,000 Uptown infrastructure improvement project debt payment and $60,000 Boyd Park Phase 2 improvements) - $150,000","type":"text

Penbrook Borough (Sewer Interceptor replacement) - $85,000","type":"text

Royalton Borough ($75,000 Borough Hall HVAC project debt service; and $20,000 Police radios and police safety equipment) - $95,000","type":"text

Swatara Township (Bishop Park multi-purpose trail construction project) - $150,000","type":"text

Hummelstown Borough (Municipal and Public Safety Building debt reduction) - $49,015","type":"text

Jackson Township/Fisherville Vol. Fire Co. (Fire Station addition construction debt) - $36,522","type":"text

Lower Swatara Township ($188,418 Annual DCIB loan payments and PennVest loan repayment; and $50,000 Lower Swatara Volunteer Fire Co. Tanker 59 debt reduction) - $238,418","type":"text

Upper Paxton Township/Millersburg Fire Co. No. 1 (Fire truck emergency and on scene lighting) - $60,478","type":"text

Millersburg Area School District (Security and accessibility upgrades at schools) - $48,000","type":"text

Steelton Borough Brickyard Community Park construction) - $90,000","type":"text

Paxtang Borough (Municipal Complex improvements) - $150,000","type":"text

Londonderry Township (Sanitary sewer extension) - $140,000","type":"text

Lower Paxton Township (Lower Paxton Twp. Police Dept. body cameras and mobile vehicle cameras) - $128,387","type":"text

Harrisburg City (Public Safety Building HVAC system replacement) - $150,000","type":"text

Halifax Borough (Retention wall replacement and storm water line installation) - $75,000","type":"text

Lykens Borough/Authority ($75,000 Lykens Borough Phase III replacement of water distribution system; $41,000 Liberty Hose Co. No. 2 replacement of hoses and nozzles) - $116,000","type":"text

Halifax Township/Halifax Fire Department (Purchase Brush Truck and associated equipment) - $50,000","type":"text

Elizabethville Borough/Reliance Hose Co. No. 1 (Pierce Pumper Truck debt reduction) - $40,000","type":"text

Berrysburg Municipal Authority (Sewage Treatment Plant System project) - $34,000","type":"text

Reed Township (Contribution to debt payment on aerial fire apparatus) - $37,000","type":"text

Harrisburg Rugby Football Club (Design and construction of rugby fields and related improvements) - $50,000","type":"text

Dauphin Co. Library System (Integration of Downtown Library facilities) - $75,000","type":"text

The Salvation Army (Food recovery, assistance and nutrition services program) - $69,690","type":"text

Harrisburg Scottish Rite Cathedral and Masonic Theatre (Lighting conversion project) - $34,720","type":"text

Court Administration for Magisterial District Judges (Debt reduction on construction of new MDJ facilities) - $170,000","type":"text

Williamstown Borough/ Williamstown American Legion Post 239 (JFK Hall renovations to bathroom facilities) - $63,560","type":"text

Wiconisco Fire Engine Co. (Debt reduction on new fire rescue) - $40,000","type":"text

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (Camp Small Valley capital improvements) - $53,000","type":"text

Keystone Service Systems, Inc. (Capital Area Head Start service dogs) - $50,000","type":"text

CASA Charter School Foundation (Academic classroom expansion project) - $75,000","type":"text

Harrisburg City School District (John Harris Campus security camera replacements) - $47,500","type":"text

Gamut Theatre (Debt reduction on building renovation) - $45,000","type":"text

GreenWorks Development (Redevelopment of Midtown Harrisburg for mixed-use project) - $75,000","type":"text

Susquehanna Art Museum (Replacement recreational vehicle for VanGo! art gallery) - $60,000","type":"text

Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church (Renovation, repair and restoration of Church facility) - $51,000","type":"text

Breaking the Chainz (Repairs to apartment building for displaced families working with Dauphin Co. Children & Youth Services and other agencies) - $35,000","type":"text

Driven From Within (Support for after-school programs, youth tutoring, college tours and classes) - $5,000","type":"text

D&H Distributing (Construction of new training center) - $33,486","type":"text

Harrisburg Area Community College (Purchase of self-contained breathing apparatus system for public safety training programs) - $75,000","type":"text

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts (Renovations to create Innovation Studio for STEAM education) - $75,000","type":"text

Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (Fire Department restroom renovation project) - $21,825","type":"text

Panther Ram Foundation (Central Dauphin School District Nutri-packs program) - $50,000","type":"text

Harrisburg University (HUE Festival and renovation of academic space) - $75,000","type":"text

The Nativity School (New school facility Phase II renovations) - $75,000","type":"text

Camp Curtin YMCA (Design and construction of affordable housing) - $75,000","type":"text

The Homeland Center (Security infrastructure improvements and visitor management) - $56,000","type":"text

Middletown Volunteer Fire Dept. (Pumper Truck debt reduction) - $94,978","type":"text

Phase 4 Learning Center, Inc. (Update existing and acquire new technology resources conditioned upon resources being used in Dauphin Co.) - $74,874","type":"text

Penn State University (Harrisburg Innovation Park planning project) - $35,000","type":"text

Ghost Brewing Company d/b/a Rubber Soul (Phase II construction of brewery) - $85,000","type":"text

Hanna Education Foundation (Food pantry enhancement) - $25,000","type":"text

Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania (Construction of tiny homes community for veterans conditioned upon matching funds being obtained for the project) - $69,000","type":"text

Capital Area Soccer Association (Upgrade Ranger and George Park Fields) - $25,000","type":"text

Catholic Charities (Saint Samuel Center windows and door replacements) - $25,000","type":"text

Downtown Daily Bread (Debt service on installation of air-conditioning in Day Shelter) - $20,000","type":"text

Farm of Hope (Improvements to driveways and walkways at farm serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities) - $15,000","type":"text

The National Civil War Museum (Reduction of long-term debt) - $25,000","type":"text

OC Highway LLC (Renovate Opportunity House to provide housing, life skills and vocational training) - $75,000","type":"text

The Program, It’s About Change (Reduction of debt on Phase I renovations of Ray of Hope House) - $50,000","type":"text

Cyrene Lodge 169 (Building repairs and tree removal) - $29,250","type":"text

Linglestown Baseball Association (Koons Park Baseball Field Upgrades) - $68,500","type":"text

The Campus of the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg (Renovations and upgrades to facilities and purchase of a wheelchair accessible bus) - $75,000","type":"text

Ecumenical Community of Harrisburg (Portico replacement and deck) - $10,000","type":"text

Capital Region Literacy Council (Purchase and distribution of new children’s books) - $20,000","type":"text

Communities in Schools of PA (Renovate local headquarters and establish a youth Re-engagement Center) - $27,000","type":"text

Devon Manor Pool and Swim Club (Infrastructure and facilities improvements) - $25,000","type":"text

Hospice of Central PA (Conference room safety, technology and intake area upgrades) - $25,000","type":"text

Hummelstown Area Historical Society (Restoration of the Parish House building) - $25,000","type":"text

Middletown Swim Club (Repairs and upgrades to pool facility) - $17,167","type":"text

New Birth of Freedom Council, Boy Scouts of America (Scoutreach Program Dauphin County affordability and accessibility initiative) - $15,000","type":"text

Pop’s House (Debt reduction on acquisition of home for veterans conditioned upon funds being applied to payoff IDA loan) - $30,000","type":"text

Summit Terrace Neighborhood Association (Upgrade and revitalize community building and fund technology upgrades) - $10,000","type":"text

Dauphin County Industrial Development Authority (Administration) - $650,000","type":"text

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