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Dozens of projects funded as Dauphin County announces 2019 gaming grants

This aerial view of Hamilton Health Center shows the adjacent site where contaminated soil is to be removed.

The Dauphin County commissioners today allotted $6.4 million to some 60 projects in its annual allocation of gaming funds.

Locally, Harrisburg city will receive $203,000 to upgrade its phone system and create an off-site backup storage facility for data such as crime, property, tax and codes information.

Elsewhere in Harrisburg, Hamilton Health Center will receive $115,000 to remove contaminated soil in an adjacent lot to prepare for a planned facility expansion.

“We’ve run out of exam room space, and we want to expand our medical and behavioral health services,” said Jeannine Peterson, Hamilton’s CEO.

Funding for the $6.4 million in projects comes from the county’s share of gaming revenue generated from Hollywood Casino at Penn National in East Hanover Township.

The Dauphin County Gaming Advisory Board reviews project requests before sending its recommendations to the commissioners for approval. While 62 projects were funded, another 37 were denied funding.

Other notable projects in the immediate Harrisburg area that were funded include:

  • D&H Distributing for a new and expanded training center: $160,000
  • Tri-County HDC to help fund a $1.4 million project to build 12 townhomes on Adams Street in Steelton: $125,000
  • Steelton Borough for Phase 2 of the Skate Park and Fire Department gear and equipment: $94,394
  • Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg for generator purchase: $70,000
  • The Salvation Army for security system installation: $53,000
  • Camp Curtin YMCA for affordable housing construction project: $50,000
  • Dauphin County Library System for computer equipment: $50,000
  • Penbrook Borough for sewer interceptor replacement: $50,000
  • Harrisburg Scottish Rite Masonic Theatre for auditorium media upgrades: $47,780
  • Cameron Street Boxing Club for facility renovation and equipment: $35,000
  • Breaking the Chainz Inc. for a van: $29,411
  • Harrisburg University for HUE Festival security services: $25,000
  • Theatre Harrisburg for seating and platforms purchase: $25,000
  • Stephens Episcopal School for safety and security improvements: $8,230

Under state law, the county must use the grant funds for projects that help human services, improve local infrastructure, enhance transportation, address health and safety needs, assist with emergency services and further public interest initiatives.


A complete list of grants follows:

Host & Contiguous

  • East Hanover Township (Public Works Building debt reduction; Culvert replacement and various roads; and Fire engine debt) – $750,000
  • South Hanover Township ($100,000 Municipal Complex debt reduction; $107,000 New emergency response support vehicle; $26,000 Salt Storage expansion and miscellaneous improvements; and $10,000 AACA Museum HVAC system) – $243,000
  • Derry Township ($250,000 Fire Station construction debt reduction; and $38,000 Senior Citizens Council of Derry Township van) – $288,000
  • Middle Paxton Township ($124,000 Potato Valley Road Bridge; $100,000 Blue Mountain Parkway resurfacing; and $30,000 Dauphin Area Senior Transit van) – $254,000
  • West Hanover Township (Houck Manor/Holiday Park public sewer extension project) – $275,000


Other Awards 

  • Dauphin Co. Parks & Recreation Department ($75,000 Fort Hunter Station adaptive reuse; $30,000 Wildwood Lake restoration design and permitting; and $25,000 Civil War Grave care) –  $130,000
  • Penbrook Borough (Sewer Interceptor replacement) – $50,000
  • Swatara Township (Police Motor Carrier Safety Administration Program conditioned upon Township creating and maintaining a permanent officer MCSAP position) – $130,347
  • Heroes Fund, Inc. (Phase 3 improvements and playground renovation) – $45,000
  • Jackson Township/ Fisherville Vol. Fire Co. (Fire Station addition construction debt) – $37,000
  • Pillow Borough Authority (Install two generators and Cold Spring control system) – $50,000
  • Millersburg Borough (Center Street flood and erosion control measures conditioned upon obtaining Dauphin Co. Infrastructure Bank loan for $183,713) – $161,121
  • Millersburg Area School District (Security and accessibility upgrades at schools) – $51,000
  • Steelton Borough/Steelton Vol. Fire Dept. ($30,000 Phase II Skate Park; $64,394.43 Fire Department personal protective gear and mobile equipment and lighting) – $94,394
  • Cameron Street Boxing Club (Renovate and equip new facility) – $35,000
  • The Salvation Army (Security system installation) – $53,000
  • Dauphin Co. Library System (Public and staff computer replacements) – $50,000
  • Keystone Service Systems, Inc. (Purchase building to provide Pre-K services conditioned upon closing on property within one year) – $30,000
  • Londonderry Township (Replacement of Lauffer Road Bridge) – $150,000
  • Harrisburg Rugby Football Club (Design and construction of rugby fields with lights) – $25,000
  • Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (Infrastructure improvements and security upgrades at headquarters) – $44,823
  • D&H Distributing (Construction of new and expanded training center) – $160,000
  • Washington Township (Municipal building improvements, building addition and upgrades) – $100,000
  • Elizabethville Area Authority (Replacement of Smith Avenue Wastewater Pump Station) – $100,000
  • Elizabethville Area Community Alliance (Park and pool pump, filter, electrical and other repairs and improvements) – $40,000
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 143 (HVAC system revamp and classroom materials) – $100,000
  • Lower Paxton Township ($110,000 Rehabilitation of Friendship Center waterslide; $22,400 Koons Memorial Park Swim Club paint project; $15,750 Penn Colonial Swim Club pump and filter housing units) – $148,150
  • Dauphin County General Authority (Replace irrigation system and develop new water source at Dauphin Highlands) – $120,000
  • Cherry Orchard Place LLC (Construction of new 49-unit affordable housing for seniors) – $200,000
  • Dauphin County Redevelopment Authority (Demolition and clean-up of Old Lykens School site for future development) – $140,000
  • Lykens Borough  ($80,000 Lykens Borough replacement of water distribution system; $19,479 Liberty Hose Co. mobile radio upgrades) – $99,479
  • Hamilton Health Center (Land acquisition and soil remediation of adjacent property) – $115,000
  • The Campus of the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg (Purchase generator for all-hazards emergency plan) – $70,000
  • Middletown Area Interfaith Housing (Commercial building repairs to generate funds to benefit youth programs and services) – $10,000
  • Lower Swatara Township (Debt service on bridge replacement projects and Act 537 sewage facilities plan updates) – $181,276
  • Tri-County HDC (Redevelopment of vacant and former blighted property) – $125,000
  • Susquehanna Township ($150,000 Debt service for uptown infrastructure improvements; $50,000 debt reduction on Squad 32 vehicle) – $200,000
  • Theatre Harrisburg (Theater seating and platforms purchase) – $25,000
  • Upper Paxton Township (Reconstruction and improvement of West Pearl Street conditioned upon receiving CDBG or raising full funding) – $100,000
  • Gratz Borough (Pump replacement and installation of generator and control system) – $36,200
  • Reed Township (Contribution to debt payment on aerial fire apparatus) – $40,000
  • Pop’s House (Reduction of debt incurred for acquisition of veterans center) – $30,000
  • The Vista School (Safety and security improvements) – $30,000
  • Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (Purchase mini-pumper for Harrisburg International Airport Fire Department) – $100,000
  • Middletown Volunteer Fire Department (Pumper Truck replacement project) – $125,000
  • Linden Centre, LLC (Curbing, paving, site utilities and storm water BMPS conditioned upon this being the last funding request for the project) – $125,000
  • City of Harrisburg (Redundant data center and telecommunications modernization) – $203,000
  • Camp Curtin YMCA (Affordable Housing construction project conditioned upon securing remaining funding within three years) – $50,000
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal School (Safety and security improvements) – $8,230
  • Berrysburg Municipal Authority (Sewage Treatment Plant system replacement and clarifier conversion) – $40,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (Conversion of IT operations) – $22,000
  • Capital Region Literacy Council (Purchase children’s books for reading program) – $17,875
  • Court Administration for Magisterial District Judges (Debt reduction on construction of new MDJ offices) – $200,000
  • Halifax Borough (Electrical, HVAC and accessibility renovations to Halifax Historical Society) – $50,000
  • Harrisburg Scottish Rite Masonic Theatre (Auditorium media upgrades) – $47,780
  • Harrisburg University (HUE Festival security services) – $25,000
  • Hummelstown Borough (Debt reduction on new municipal/public safety building) – $50,496
  • Loyal Order of the Moose Family Center #59 (Family Center ADA improvements) – $12,000
  • Oasis Community/Living Water Church (Park and playground project installation) – $30,000
  • The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (Dauphin County Court Appointed Special Advocate Program for youth conditioned upon the funds not being contributed to salary or other personnel costs) – $15,000
  • Wiconisco Fire Engine Co. (Debt reduction on new fire rescue and equipment) – $40,000
  • Wiconisco Township (Municipal building debt reduction) – $40,000
  • Breaking the Chainz, Inc. (Van for community restoration centers) – $29,411
  • Phase 4 Learning Center, Inc. (Curriculum and software for diploma retrieval, job training/preparation program) – $20,000
  • American Literacy Corp. (Dauphin Co. Reading Initiative promotion) – $4,500
  • Life Esteem (Holistic Health Wellness Center marketing and program materials) – $3,500
  • Dauphin County Industrial Development Authority (Administration) – $550,000
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