Aug. 02, 2019

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The Weekly Roundup
 #Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

$2 Million Funding Secured for Local Libraries
York County Libraries’ effort to improve and modernize its facilities will get a $2 million boost in the form of a grant from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).

As a strong supporter of our libraries, I am pleased to announce that the state has approved our request for funds to continue the improvements at the Kaltreider-Benfer Library in Red Lion to accommodate the increased usage the library is experiencing with an expansion space for the children's library to accommodate growing use and to establish a dedicated teen center and area for private study and silent reading. The design includes riser seating and nooks and crannies to spark imaginations. The library will expand to 14,000 square feet and have a teen center geared toward their needs.

These funds will also assist the renovation efforts at the Martin and Kreutz Creek libraries. The Martin renovations will include an open space for the community to meet, an expanded teen area with digital media labs and a place for hands-on learning for children. The Kreutz Creek Library will be moving out of a FEMA trailer into the Hellam Township building. The township will be constructing a new municipal building, and officials donated the current municipal building for the library. The new library facility will include more computers and a new space to accommodate children, teens, adult and senior users

Outside of schools, brick-and-mortar libraries serve as the educational system. They are not just a place to read, but also to find a job or fill out a resume. The libraries are the foundation of our communities. In fact, last year our libraries had 1.5 million annual visits. That's more than the Appell Center, DreamWrights, the York Fair, the baseball stadium and the county parks combined.

The Kaltreider-Benfer Library is located at 147 S. Charles St., Red Lion, the Kreutz Creek Library is located at 66 Walnut Springs Road in Hellam Township, and the Martin Library is located at 159 E. Market St. in York City. The York County Library System has a total of 13 public libraries.

Lucky Road Bridge Over Otter Creek Closed

The Lucky Road bridge over Otter Creek has been closed until further notice. PennDOT has informed me that engineers had to make an emergency closure late yesterday afternoon due to the bridge failing. The Lucky Road bridge over Otter Creek is between Pickle and Gipe roads.

At this point, the engineers believe it will be a long-term closure, but further inspections will be required. I do not have a time frame of how long it will be closed.

Road crews closed Lucky Road at Routes 425 and 74 because a few of the township roads leading off Lucky Road are already closed and they did not want to send additional traffic onto already stressed local roads. I will send another update when PennDOT has a more certain reopen time frame.

Now, the good news: two roads that have been closed since the Aug. 31, 2018 storm are slated to be reopened in the near future. PennDOT anticipates that Gum Tree Road should be open by mid to late-August, and the work on Ted Wallace Road should be complete within 2-3 months.

Support Local Police at National Night Out Aug. 6.
Tuesday, Aug. 6, is National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. In our area, there will be events in:

• Springettsbury Township, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Church, 2945 Kingston Rd, York.
• Lower Windsor Township, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at Rexroth Park, 1895 Prayer Mission Road, Windsor.

For more information about the national event, click here.

Red Lion Street Fair set for August 10
The annual Red Lion Street Fair is on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many thanks to our local business leaders at the Red Lion Area Business Association for continuing to sponsor and organize this very popular community event. The fair will be rain or shine. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Construction Careers Day in Harrisburg
This event is meant to give Central Pennsylvania residents a glimpse of family-sustaining careers that can be achieved through training at one of Pennsylvania’s many excellent career and technical training schools. Hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg and Keystone Contractors Association, The event will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg, 1227 Berryhill Street, Harrisburg.

The event introduces the numerous career opportunities in the construction industry. K-12 students can learn about the construction industry and what steps they can take now to enter this industry in the future by speaking with construction companies and labor organizations. Job seeking individuals can discover the current openings and what skills and capabilities employers are looking for.

The following organizations will be on hand to meet with attendees: ACE Mentor Program Carpenters Union; Ironworkers Union; Keystone Contractors Association; Laborers Union; Painters & Allied Trades Union; Quandel Construction; Ralph E. Jones, Inc.; Reynolds; and many more employers are expected!

As chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, I strongly support funding for our vocational and technical schools by dedicating $10 million to career and technical education and equipment in the 2019-20 state budget. We boosted Thaddeus Stevens funding by $4 million to $18.701 million, as the school requested. The Penn College of Technology also got a $4 million increase. PreK-12 education was increased by $432 million.

Ag Progress Days Hosts Fun, Education for All Ages
One of the largest outdoor agricultural expositions in the east will draw thousands of people to central Pennsylvania Aug. 13-15 to learn more about the science and business of agriculture production during the annual Ag Progress Days near State College.

Sponsored by Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the event attracts more than 450 exhibitors from across the United States and Canada, showcasing innovations in agricultural equipment and related industries.

A variety of exhibits are planned, including those highlighting the battle against spotted lanternfly, and livestock nutrition and reproductive health. Youth activities and research tours are also planned.

On Aug. 14, the House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees will host an informational meeting at the event to discuss dangerous livestock disease threats and the importance of biosecurity efforts to keep our food supply secure. No admission fee is charged, and parking is free. For more information, click here

Grants Available to Small Businesses, Farmers
An estimated $1 million in grant funding is now available to Pennsylvania small businesses and farmers for energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and natural resource protection projects through the Small Business Advantage grant program.

Eligible projects include adopting or acquiring equipment or processes that reduce energy use or pollution. New to the program this year is the opportunity for small business owners to install solar hot water systems for their business operations.

Natural resource protection projects may include planting riparian buffers, installation of streambank fencing to keep livestock out of streams, and investing in agricultural stormwater management projects, with the goal of reducing sediment and nutrient loads in our waterways.

Pennsylvania-based small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are eligible. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2019-20 funds are exhausted or April 12, 2020, whichever occurs first. All applications must be submitted through the Commonwealth’s Single Application for Assistance website. Printed, faxed and mailed applications are not accepted.

More information about the program requirements is available here. Last year, around 200 small businesses were awarded more than $947,000 in grants for their projects.

Were You Affected by the Equifax Data Breach? File Your Claims Now
If you were one of the 147 million Americans affected by the 2017 Equifax security breach, a settlement has been reached with the credit reporting agency and damage claims are now being accepted.

The settlement reached by a coalition of 48 states includes a Consumer Restitution Fund of up to $425 million to compensate those affected by the breach, with maximum payments capped at $20,000 per person. The deal also includes up to 10 years of free credit monitoring or up to $125 if you choose not to enroll because you already have credit monitoring services.

You can check to see if you were affected by the breach by using the tool provided by Equifax here. For more information about the settlement and how to file a claim, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website here
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