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The Recovery Act At Work
Bucks County
$121,392,330 *
With American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, Pennsylvania is building lasting assets. Recovery Act awards are helping to pave roads and fix bridges, fund clean water projects, strengthen a public education system that continues to produce academic gains for students, and improve our state's environment and energy efficiency. The Recovery Act is also helping those most in need through extended unemployment benefits, food assistance and health care. In the process, Pennsylvania is creating tens of thousands of jobs. For more detailed information about projects in your county, follow the corresponding project link below. In instances where projects impact more than one county, the project and funding amount may appear in other county summaries. Many other projects in the county are funded by Recovery Act dollars distributed directly from federal agencies. Information on those projects is available at http://www.recovery.gov/.
Education
Energy
Energy $10,873,784 *
The project will increase energy efficiency in homes by reducing energy costs and increasing comfort while safeguarding the health and safety of the resident. Eligible applicants are those persons or families whose income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. On-site energy audits are conducted on each home to determine which of the following measures would be installed or services performed, up to an average of $6,500 per home: blower door guided air sealing to effectively locate and reduce air-leakage throughout the home; installation of attic, wall, basement and crawlspace insulation and ventilation to reduce energy loss; heating system modification or replacement to increase the efficiency and/or safety of the heating system; minor repairs, and/or health and safety measures are provided (when necessary) to allow the safe and effective installation of the weatherization measures; energy baseload reduction, including CFL and appliance replacement, and; client education on the proper use and maintenance of the installed Weatherization measures and ways to reduce energy waste everyday. The project will weatherize 603 homes through 3/31/12.
The work will include the replacement of the components of twenty-three (23) Township traffic signals that use incandescent lamps with Light Emitting Diode (LED) modules using 87.5% less wattage and the replacement of all of the free standing parking lot light poles, wiring, fixtures and bulbs that use High Intensity Discharge (HID) fixtures with LED fixtures acheiving a savings of 50% wattage. The traffic light project will save the Township $29,526 in energy costs and $13,440 in maintenance costs for a total savings of $42,966 annually; which calculates to an energy savings of more than 91% annually. The Township Complex parking lot lighting project will save the Township more than $3,134 in energy costs, and $3,942 in maintenance costs for a total savings of $7,076 annually which calculates to an energy savings of more than 70% per year.
This is a joint project of Richland Township and the Richland Township Water Authority and is designed to provide 25% of the electric needs of the facilities of both. The project, located at the Authority's Walnut Bank Farm Water Treatment Building, would use 1,350 PV solar panels installed on adjustable arrays adjacent to the building to generate about 426,275 KWH/Yr, save $59,675/year, generate $119,346 in renewable energy credits and temporarily save 29 jobs and create 3. The project would make use of the utility's virtual net metering program to provide electricity to facilities located within two miles of the project site. The solar will be located at one site to take advantage of economies of scale rather than locating equipment at each facility. The Water Authority site was chosen because it has the area needed for the equipment and is centrally located near the center of the Township to permit the largest electric using facilities to take advantage of the utility's program.
Warwick Water & Sewer Authority and Warwick Township seek a joint grant to replace 272 existing Mercury Vapor and High Pressure Sodium streetlights with energy efficient LED lights. The current bulbs waste energy, cause light pollution, and contain mercury. We have dedicated $35,842 and hope to secure $211,011.80 of state funding. Retrofitting our lights with LEDs will reduce the Township and WWSA's annual energy consumption by 119,881 kWh, resulting in a minimum annual savings of $9,041.59. This equates to 77% savings in energy bills and 71% decrease in energy usage. The LED bulb's 20 year lifespan, four times that of other bulbs, ensures major savings. This project will employ 8 PA companies, creating at least 1 full and 1 part time job while ensuring the retention 3 full and 2 part time PA jobs. In order to cut costs, Warwick and Northampton have agreed to share Public Works employees to repair and replace streetlights to eliminate need for multiple trucks and sets of tools.
St. Mary Medical Center is a 366_bed acute care hospital located in Bucks County. St. Mary serves a population of over 420,000 and is the most comprehensive healthcare facility in the county. Our existing chilled water plant lacks the capacity to effectively cool patient care areas in our outpatient areas. Through improvements to our current system, optimal cooling capacity will be reached. The project will result in a $70,000 per year cost savings and a greater than 25% savings in energy consumption. This project will reduce air pollution through the reduction of 1,141,600 lbs of carbon dioxide emissions per year. The project will create 7 temporary positions.
The installation of 104 kW Flexible Membrane Photovoltaic panels at the Bensalem Municipal Building/Police Station.
Installation of an approximately $2.5 million sustainable Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Tier II Alternative Energy Plant in a 50,000 sq ft rehabilitated Research Laboratory
The SKIP 1 project is a brownfield intended to convert into a Solar Power Plant. Scheuten Solar will be the developer. The initially intended project size is 5 MW (christalline silicon).The project is in the development stage,there will be filled for the interconnection permit soon as the owner of the land is brought forward as the offtaker (PPA). The land will be leased and Scheuten Solar will be EPC contractor for the project. All guarentees will be provided by the EPC contractor. The project (5MW) will produce around 6,290 MWh/year and will be an eyecatcher for green development in Pennsylvania.
Retrofitting 154 street lights with LED lights. Energy efficient HVAC upgrade to Chalfont Borough Public Works Building. Window upgrades to Chalfont Train Station. Energy efficient HVAC upgrades to three municipal buildings in New Britain Borough. Energy audits on four municipal buildings.
Environment
Environment $247,450 *
Federally Regulated Leaking Underground Storage Tank Site Corrective Action under ARRA grant
Federally Regulated Leaking Underground Storage Tank Site Corrective Action under ARRA grant
Bucks County Conservation District Surface water assessments in the Delaware River Basin
Delaware River Basin Commission: Delaware River Basin Bacteria Monitoring Swimmable Rivers
Other Infrastructure / Housing
Other Infrastructure / Housing $646,976 *
The project will replace 140 linear feet of 15 inch pipe that has deteriorated over time and stabilize the cart way with a driving surface aggregate.
Applying 20,800 tons of Driving Surface Aggregate (modified/crushed stone) to the dirt and gravel roads in this area, after spraying the road with 13,000 gallons of 35% calcium chloride mixed with water for dust control.
Public Safety
Transportation Infrastructure
Transportation Infrastructure $44,471,474 *
Construction of the New Hope Canal Walk including landscaping and pedestrian and lighting improvements from the new public parking facility to the Delaware River in New Hope Borough
Intersection Improvements (4), Rehabilitation, Road Surface, and Installation of Traffic Calming Devices to Stoopville Road in Newton Township
Construction of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Curb Ramps in various locations of Bucks County
$22,696,709
Installation of ITS devices on Interstate 95 in various locations of Bucks and Philadelphia Counties
Installation of ITS devices in various locations of Philadelphia and Bucks Counties
Workforce
Workforce $963,749 *
The project will consist of the development of an Integrated Service Plan with the PA CareerLink partners with the following priorities: Employment with appropriate training; Employment with family sustaining wages with appropriate training; housing support while seeking to reconnect with the workforce and micro-enterprise development and training. Households will increase their financial resources through filing Federal Earned Income Tax credits. Families will secure safe, affordable permanent housing of choice by working with the housing program and supportive services until they can sustain their housing via income. Families will participate in Financial Literacy training, including opening Individual Development Account/Family Savings Aaccount type savings accounts. Eviction avoidance through emergency rental or mortgage assistance will be provided to families who will then be referred into the agency’s self sufficiency counseling program.
* Totals reflect only funding flowing through state agencies.

Direct Benefits to Families
How PA Benefits People Helped in Bucks County Explanation of Benefits Reporting as of
Food Assistance 29,762 The Recovery Act will help low income individuals and families with a 13.69% increase in the maximum Food Stamp (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or SNAP) benefit. It also suspends the 3 month limit on assistance for many unemployed childless adults. March 2010
Health Insurance 51,583 Low income children and adults will continue to have access to health care through Medical Assistance. March 2010
Health Insurance for Unemployed 26,000 The Recovery Act will help make health care available to individuals who are involuntarily separated from their jobs. A COBRA subsidy will pay 65 percent of the monthly premium for individuals earning less than $145,000 and couples earning less than $290,000. March 2010
Taxpayer Relief 283,464 Individuals earning up to $75,000 will receive a $400 tax credit in 2009 and 2010. Married couples filing jointly and earning up to $150,000 will receive a $800 tax credit. October 2009
Unemployment Compensation 18,100 The Recovery Act will help these Pennsylvanians with a $25 per week increase in unemployment benefits through the rest of the year. It also provides additional weeks of benefits. March 2010
All numbers are estimates, and will fluctuate over time.
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