Dauphin County awards gaming grants, many Harrisburg tasks obtain funding – The Burg Information

February 24, 2021 | by Maddie Conley Gittens

Dauphin County Administration building on N. 2nd Street

Dauphin County gaming grants will go to over 80 local projects this year, many addressing education, recreation and food insecurity.

At a legislative session on Wednesday, the county commissioners approved just under $6.2 million in awards, funded each year by the county’s share of revenue from Hollywood Casino at Penn National.

Harrisburg-based projects were the recipients of some of the gaming money, which went primarily toward building renovations and improvements. These include:

Harrisburg City: $150,000 for Public Safety Building HVAC system replacement
Harrisburg Rugby Football Club: $50,000 for design and construction of rugby fields and related improvements
The Salvation Army: $69,690 for food recovery, assistance and nutrition services program
Dauphin County Library System: $75,000 for integration of downtown library facilities
Harrisburg Scottish Rite Cathedral and Masonic Theatre: $34,720 for lighting conversion project
Keystone Service Systems, Inc.: $50,000 for Capital Area Head Start service dogs
CASA Charter School Foundation: $75,000 for academic classroom expansion project
Harrisburg School District: $47,500 for John Harris Campus security camera replacements
Gamut Theatre: $45,000 for debt reduction on building renovation
GreenWorks Development: $75,000 for redevelopment of Midtown Harrisburg mixed-use project
Susquehanna Art Museum: $60,000 for replacement recreational vehicle for VanGo! art gallery
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church: $51,000 for renovation, repair and restoration of Church facility
Breaking the Chainz: $35,000 for repairs to apartment building for displaced families working with Dauphin County Children & Youth Services and other agencies
Harrisburg Area Community College: $75,000 for purchase of self-contained breathing apparatus system for public safety training programs
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts: $75,000 for renovations to create Innovation Studio for STEAM education
Harrisburg University: $75,000 for HUE Festival and renovation of academic space
The Nativity School: $75,000 for new school facility phase II renovations
Camp Curtin YMCA: $75,000 for design and construction of affordable housing
The Homeland Center: $56,000 for security infrastructure improvements and visitor management
Capital Area Soccer Association: $25,000 to upgrade Ranger and George Park fields
Catholic Charities: $25,000 for Saint Samuel Center windows and door replacements
Downtown Daily Bread: $20,000 for debt service on installation of air-conditioning in day shelter
The National Civil War Museum: $25,000 for reduction of long-term debt

“I think the leveraging of the money has been great this year and I think the diversity of the projects throughout the county is representative of the communities we serve,” Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick said.

Last year, the county awarded $6.3 million from casino gaming revenue to projects recommended by the Gaming Advisory Board.

The Hollywood Casino at Penn National’s gross terminal revenue was down from 2019 by 41%, with COVID-19 as the main contributing factor. However, a surge in iGaming (online gambling) helped the county maintain its average amount of received funds.

This year’s projects will leverage an estimated $24.8 million in additional investment related to the funded projects and over 11,700 jobs will be created or maintained in conjunction with the projects, said Mark Stewart, counsel for the Gaming Advisory Board.

The following is a complete list of the projects that will receive Dauphin County gaming grant funding this year:

Host & Contiguous

East Hanover Township (Annual road maintenance, fire company self-contained breathing apparatus)—$500,000
South Hanover Township (Municipal complex debt reduction)—$284,000
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)—$288,1694
Middle Paxton Township ($124,000 Potato Valley Road Bridge debt; $126,300 Dauphin Middle Paxton Joint Park Authority site development plan and ADA improvements)—$250,3005
Rush Township (Skid steer vehicle) —$74,236

Other Awards

mDauphin County Parks & Recreation Department (repair and restoration of Wildwood Park boardwalk) —$50,000
Dauphin County Sheriff’s Office (replacement of mobile and portable police radios) —$68,000
Dauphin Co. Local Emergency Planning Committee (hazardous materials duty officer response vehicle replacement) —$69,330
Dauphin County General Authority (golf course irrigation system debt payment) —$141,200
Susquehanna Township ($90,000 Uptown infrastructure improvement project debt payment and $60,000 Boyd Park Phase 2 improvements) —$150,000
Penbrook Borough (sewer interceptor replacement) —$85,000
Royalton Borough ($75,000 Borough Hall HVAC project debt service; and $20,000 police radios and police safety equipment) —$95,000
Swatara Township (Bishop Park multi-purpose trail construction project) —$150,000
Hummelstown Borough (Municipal and Public Safety Building debt reduction) —$49,015
Jackson Township/Fisherville Vol. Fire Co. (fire station addition construction debt) —$36,522
Lower Swatara Township ($188,418Annual DCIB loan payments and PennVest loan repayment; and $50,000 Lower Swatara Volunteer Fire Co. Tanker 59 debt reduction) —$238,418
Upper Paxton Township/Millersburg Fire Co. No. 1(Fire truck emergency and on scene lighting) —$60,478
Millersburg Area School District (security and accessibility upgrades at schools) —$48,000
Steelton Borough (Brickyard Community Park construction) —$90,000
Paxtang Borough (Municipal Complex improvements) —$150,000
Londonderry Township (sanitary sewer extension) —$140,000
Lower Paxton Township (police department body cameras and mobile vehicle cameras) —$128,387
Harrisburg City (Public Safety Building HVAC system replacement) —$150,000
Halifax Borough (retention wall replacement and storm water line installation) —$75,000
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
Halifax Township/Halifax Fire Department (purchase of brush truck and associated equipment) —$50,000
Elizabethville Borough/Reliance Hose Co. No. 1 (Pierce Pumper Truck debt reduction) —$40,000
Berrysburg Municipal Authority (sewage treatment plant system project) —$34,000
Reed Township (contribution to debt payment on aerial fire apparatus) —$37,000
Harrisburg Rugby Football Club (design and construction of rugby fields and related improvements) —$50,000
Dauphin County Library System (integration of downtown library facilities) —$75,000
The Salvation Army (food recovery, assistance and nutrition services program) —$69,690
Harrisburg Scottish Rite Cathedral and Masonic Theatre (lighting conversion project) —$34,720
Court Administration for Magisterial District Judges (debt reduction on construction of new MDJ facilities) —$170,000
Williamstown Borough/ Williamstown American Legion Post 239 (JFK Hall renovations to bathroom facilities) —$63,560
Wiconisco Fire Engine Co. (debt reduction on new fire rescue) —$40,000
Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (Camp Small Valley capital improvements) —$53,000
Keystone Service Systems, Inc. (Capital Area Head Start service dogs) —$50,000
CASA Charter School Foundation (academic classroom expansion project) —$75,000
Harrisburg City School District (John Harris Campus security camera replacements) —$47,500
Gamut Theatre (debt reduction on building renovation) —$45,000
GreenWorks Development (redevelopment of Midtown Harrisburg mixed-use project) —$75,000
Susquehanna Art Museum (replacement of recreational vehicle for VanGo! art gallery) —$60,000
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church (renovation, repair and restoration of Church facility) —$51,000
Breaking the Chainz (repairs to apartment building for displaced families working with Dauphin Co. Children & Youth Services and other agencies) —$35,000
Driven From Within (support for after-school programs, youth tutoring, college tours and classes) —$5,000
D&H Distributing (construction of new training center) —$33,486
Harrisburg Area Community College (purchase of self-contained breathing apparatus system for public safety training programs) —$75,000
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts (renovations to create Innovation Studio for STEAM education) —$75,000
Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (fire Department restroom renovation project) —$21,825
Panther Ram Foundation (Central Dauphin School District Nutri-packs program) —$50,000
Harrisburg University (HUE Festival and renovation of academic space) —$75,000
The Nativity School (new school facility Phase II renovations) —$75,000
Camp Curtin YMCA (design and construction of affordable housing) —$75,000
The Homeland Center (security infrastructure improvements and visitor management) —$56,000
Middletown Volunteer Fire Dept. (pumper Truck debt reduction) —$94,978
Phase 4 Learning Center, Inc. (update existing and acquire new technology resources conditioned upon resources being used in Dauphin Co.) —$74,874
Penn State University (Harrisburg Innovation Park planning project) —$35,000
Ghost Brewing Company d/b/a Rubber Soul (phase II construction of brewery) —$85,000
Hanna Education Foundation (food pantry enhancement) —$25,000
Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania (construction of tiny homes community for veterans conditioned upon matching funds being obtained for the project) —$69,000
Capital Area Soccer Association (upgrade Ranger and George Park Fields) —$25,000
Catholic Charities (Saint Samuel Center windows and door replacements) —$25,000
Downtown Daily Bread (debt service on installation of air-conditioning in day shelter) —$20,000
Farm of Hope (improvements to driveways and walkways at farm serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities) —$15,000
The National Civil War Museum (reduction of long-term debt) —$25,000
OC Highway LLC (renovate Opportunity House to provide housing, life skills and vocational training) —$75,000
The Program, It’s About Change (reduction of debt on Phase I renovations of Ray of Hope House) —$50,000
Cyrene Lodge 169 (building repairs and tree removal) —$29,250
Linglestown Baseball Association (Koons Park Baseball Field Upgrades) —$68,500
The Campus of the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg (renovations and upgrades to facilities and purchase of a wheelchair accessible bus) —$75,000
Ecumenical Community of Harrisburg (portico replacement and deck) —$10,000
Capital Region Literacy Council (purchase and distribution of new children’s books) —$20,000
Communities in Schools of PA (renovate local headquarters and establish a youth Re-engagement Center) —$27,000
Devon Manor Pool and Swim Club (infrastructure and facilities improvements) —$25,000
Hospice of Central PA (conference room safety, technology and intake area upgrades) —$25,000
Hummelstown Area Historical Society (restoration of the Parish House building) —$25,000
Middletown Swim Club (repairs and upgrades to pool facility) —$17,167
New Birth of Freedom Council, Boy Scouts of America (Scoutreach Program Dauphin County affordability and accessibility initiative) —$15,000
Pop’s House (debt reduction on acquisition of home for veterans conditioned upon funds being applied to payoff IDA loan) —$30,000
Summit Terrace Neighborhood Association (upgrade and revitalize community building and fund technology upgrades) —$10,000
Dauphin County Industrial Development Authority (administration) —$650,000


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