Capitol Report

Executive and Legislative Action for Week of Feb. 10, 2014

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Liquid fuels allocations are annual payments to municipalities to help pay for highway- and bridge-related expenses such as snow removal and road repaving. There are 119,847 miles of public roads in Pennsylvania, with 77,889 of those miles owned by municipalities and eligible for liquid fuels. The formula for payments is based on a municipality's population and miles of locally owned roads.

Keystone communities grant

Corbett has announced that the city of Erie will receive $425,000 in Keystone Communities grants to develop a strategic plan for future growth and make downtown improvements to drive visitors and new development to the city.

"Every city is the heart of a region, and as a city is stronger, so too is that region," Corbett said in a statement "This partnership with Erie will help revive the city's downtown and attract new growth throughout the Northwest."

The Department of Community and Economic Development has awarded Erie three grants through the Keystone Communities program, including a $50,000 façade grant, a $25,000 planning grant and a $350,000 operational and residential reinvestment grant.

In its statement, the Corbett administration said the program will provide funding for façade improvements to Erie's Downtown Improvement District, including preservation of historic commercial buildings and bringing substandard exterior improvements into compliance.

Other downtown improvements, according to the statement, will include sidewalk replacement, residential façades, roof repair and gutter replacements, park and streetscape improvements, home security systems, emergency home repairs and residential property code deficiency remediation.

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