Mar. 27, 2023 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48) and Rep. Russ Diamond (R-102) today announced state grants totaling more than $635,000 have been awarded throughout Lebanon County for projects that will improve public safety and create additional recreational opportunities.

“Bringing these gaming revenue funds back to the district will help to defray costs that would have otherwise been passed along to residents, or, unfortunately, many of these projects wouldn’t have happened at all,” Gebhard said. “I am grateful to have played a part in securing this critical funding.”

“These funds are a direct result of my 2017 legislative effort to secure a portion of the local share assessments (LSA) of Hollywood Casino proceeds solely for Lebanon County,” Diamond said. “The Pennsylvania Gaming Act allocates LSA funds to the host county of a particular casino to help offset its impact on the county in which it is located, but because of peculiarities of the Gaming Act’s language, my legislation was needed to allow this to happen.”

  •   Annville Township received $86,500 to renovate the Annville Free Library.
  •   Jackson Township, on behalf of Keystone Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, received $47,645 to purchase five portable radios.
  •   Jonestown Borough received $25,000 to renovate George F. Kaufman Community Park.
  •   Lebanon City received $110,630 to renovate Southwest Louser Memorial Park.
  •   Lebanon County, on behalf of Lebanon Valley Rails-to-Trails, received $44,085 to purchase a tractor to maintain a trail in South Londonderry Township.
  •   Millcreek Township, on behalf of the Newmanstown Volunteer Fire Company, received $25,007 to purchase a set of Vetter High-Pressure Lifting Air Bags and support equipment.
  •   North Annville Township, on behalf of Union Water Works Fire Company, received $25,518 to purchase new hoses
  •   North Cornwall Township, on behalf of Never Sink Fire Company No. 1, received $25,000 to purchase rescue equipment.
  •   North Cornwall Township received $25,000 to construct an administrative building.
  •   North Londonderry Township, on behalf of Citizen’s Fire Company, received $48,188 to purchase equipment.
  •   South Lebanon Township, on behalf of Lebanon County Firefighters Association, received $25,000 to build a pavilion at the fire training center.
  •   South Lebanon Township received $25,000 to pave a walking trail within South Hills Park.
  •   Swatara Township received $25,000 to construct the Mill Street Park Walking Trail.
  •   Union Township received $73,001 for intersection improvements at the Old Forge Road and Fisher Avenue intersection.

Gebhard and Diamond jointly stated, “We are extremely grateful to have such a good working relationship to coordinate our efforts and accomplish the most possible for the citizens of Lebanon County.”

The Lebanon County Local Share Awards are administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, a division of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

CONTACT: Matthew Urban, 717-787-5708