Harrisburg to Receive $1.65 Million in Federal Funding for Sinkhole Mitigation Project

first_imgHarrisburg to Receive $1.65 Million in Federal Funding for Sinkhole Mitigation Project September 15, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Government That Works,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency has been notified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that they approved the project application for the City of Harrisburg’s sinkhole mitigation project on South 14th Street and will provide $1,650,000 in federal funds.“This is welcome news for the City of Harrisburg and the affected community,” said Governor Wolf. “I commend Senators Casey and Toomey, Congressmen Perry and Barletta, Mayor Papenfuse, Senator Teplitz, Representative Kim, and all the federal, state and local agencies and professionals who worked together to ensure this crucial project could move forward.”The announcement comes after a coordinated effort by federal officials, state leaders and agencies, and the City of Harrisburg. A local match of $550,000 will provide a total of $2,200,000 for the first phase of the project. The state Department of Community and Economic Development is working to finalize funding to provide the local match.“The City of Harrisburg welcomes this news on behalf of the residents whose homes and lives have been so impacted by these sinkholes,” said Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse. “We thank everyone on the federal, state and local levels who played a role in bringing our residents some hope and some relief. The County Commissioners also helped to secure $1 million in Community Development Block Grant disaster relief funds to ensure the success of this project, which makes it clear this was a true team effort that involved officials at all levels.”“Families have suffered for years due to sinkholes on 14th Street, which have caused ongoing problems in the street and to the structures of the homes,” said state Sen. Rob Teplitz. “I’m pleased that the funding has been approved to address this issue that has plagued the neighborhood .”“This is positive news for the affected residents of 14th street who have been looking for help for years” said State Representative Patty Kim. “I applaud the efforts of all involved for continuing to make this project a priority.”This initial funding will cover the acquisition and demolition of the first 25 homes on the 1400 block of South 14th Street between Cloverly Terrace and Magnolia Street. Following demolition, the site will be excavated to a depth of 10 feet and backfilled. The site will be zoned as greenspace without the possibility for future construction.“Earlier this year, DCED identified Harrisburg as one of several priority projects to receive disaster recovery funding to be utilized for property buyouts affected by the sinkhole on South 14th Street,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “When finalized, this funding will serve as the local match requirement on behalf of the city, a critical part of obtaining FEMA’s approval. This is the first time DCED has identified a project like this as a priority project and is a perfect demonstration of the governor’s Government that Works initiative in implementation.”“Working with FEMA Region III and FEMA HQ we helped to develop a Sinkhole Project policy and PEMA submitted the first two sinkhole applications under FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant program for 2015 mitigation funds,” said PEMA Director Richard D. Flinn. “Working with our federal, state and city partners, PEMA received the first-ever FEMA approved PDM Sinkhole grant for $2,200,000 to assist the first 25 households in the South 14th Street area.”Officials are still in the process of obtaining additional funding to cover the remaining homes that are part of the project. A funding request from the City of Harrisburg is currently under consideration by the non-profit Impact Harrisburg, which was established to aid in the city’s financial recovery.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Move to reform cannabis laws meets supporters, opponents

first_imgRadio NZ News 21 October 2017Family First Comment: We said “”It just seems highly ironic that we’re starting to finally realise the harms of tobacco and trying to do everything we can to discourage it, and here are believing in the myth that marijuana is harmless.”But we also said “now we know the real agenda! Legalisation. The Greens have revealed the ultimate goal which the Drug Foundation have always tried to hide behind the smokescreen of ‘decriminalisation’.www.saynopetodope.nzThe Drug Foundation is welcoming what it calls Labour and the Greens’ fresh approach to tackling the country’s drug problems.New Zealand will have a referendum on legalising marijuana for personal use as part of the Greens deal with Labour.Under the deal, drug use will be treated as a health issue and there will be an increase in drug and alcohol treatment funding.Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell said that approach was long overdue.“One of our frustrations with the National government was its reluctance to look at things like medical cannabis and decriminalisation,” he said.Lobby group Family First said legalising cannabis could put New Zealanders’ health at risk, however.Its national director Bob McCoskrie said he was against the move and there were too many health risks from marijuana, including its effects on cognitive ability.“It just seems highly ironic that we’re starting to finally realise the harms of tobacco and trying to do everything we can to discourage it, and here are believing in the myth that marijuana is harmless.”READ MORE: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/342079/move-to-reform-cannabis-laws-meets-supporters-opponentsReferendum on ‘obsolete’ cannabis law ‘long overdue’ – Drug FoundationNewsHub 20 October 2017The director of the NZ Drug Foundation is welcoming a referendum on cannabis law reform, saying we need a change after 42 years of drug legislation that’s “done nothing”.In an email sent out to Green Party delegates on Thursday night, the party outlined 10 big policy wins – including a referendum on legalising the personal use of cannabis by 2020, and more financial backing for drug and alcohol services.Drug Foundation director Ross Bell says that as a country with one of the highest proportion of users in the world, it’s about time we got onto it.“Fundamentally for us, it’s long overdue that New Zealand had a crack at its obsolete drug law. The law that’s in place today, in 2017, was passed in 1975,” he said.Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie says the announcement of a referendum on personal cannabis use is “stunning hypocrisy” for a party that only wants the public’s view on “the questions that they ask and the results that they like”.“This is the same party that rejected the voice of New Zealanders when they sent a clear message on the anti-smacking law in 2009 – 87 percent of New Zealanders voting against the law,” he said.“The Greens also voted against having a referendum on the hugely controversial issue of changing the definition of marriage when the views of the country were clearly split down the middle.“If the Greens want to show consistency and they want a binding referendum on marijuana, then they should acknowledge and respect the result of the smacking law referendum.”READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/election/2017/10/referendum-on-obsolete-cannabis-law-long-overdue-drug-foundation.htmllast_img read more

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Obamacare question

first_imgWith the advent of the Affordable Healthcare Act, i.e. Obamacare, what’s is your feelings today? I’m excited. It is long overdue. I have some serious questions, but I’m willing to give it a chance. I’m totally against it. I’m not only against it, but I think America has just died. View Results  Loading … Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (16) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -5 Vote up Vote down Wondering · 347 weeks ago I’m just wondering when “health care” and “insurance” became synonymous? It’s been my life experience that Doctors, PAs & Nurses provide health care when I’m sick or hurt and insurance denies the claims in order to make a profit. I just don’t see how forcing everyone to pay for insurance is bettering the nations access to health care…could someone have pulled the wool over or esteemed president’s eyes? Report Reply 0 replies · active 347 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Samuel · 347 weeks ago Many do not realize that Medicare is not that old—born in 1965. I remember my dad ranting and raving about Medicare, but you know what, after awhile he liked it especially when he and mom got to use it. It was just something new that had to be got use to. America has not died. The affordable Care Act is going to have to have the same chance. People, get outside the borders or the USA and take a good long look. And oh yea, by the way, I know the word is a nasty word, but America is a socialist country—sorry but it is true, but we do enjoy a lot of freedoms along with the social (federal or state) inputs. The list is too long to mention here, but it is incredible. USA!!! I Love It!!! Report Reply 3 replies · active 346 weeks ago -8 Vote up Vote down Happy Happy Happy · 347 weeks ago I want the occupier of the seat of the president impeached and hanged for TREASON against us all along with all them that helped get him elected. And there are some others in congress that need to be hanged at the same time for their felonious assault on our civil rights and for trying to re write the constitution. Report Reply 3 replies · active 346 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Jim · 347 weeks ago Obamacare, IRS targeted attacks on religious groups, Promotion of polygamy and non Male Female unions as marriages !!! Just more nails in the coffin of a free nation. Socialism in sheep’s clothing, all for the GOOD of the people. To be Fair to all people, we must have a few sacrifices for the common good. Socialism. Report Reply 1 reply · active 346 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down WontGiveEmUP · 346 weeks ago I cant help but laugh at all the putz’s that voted for the idiot occupying the seat of the president and listening to them biotch cause they have absolutely no just cause to complain when they voted his pathetic body in. Now those of us that voted against him have every right to voice our discontent. WE DIDNT HAVE OUR HEADS BURIED IN THE SAND. Report Reply 0 replies · active 346 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Pro-American · 346 weeks ago When Obama is no longer President, who are all you right-wing radical conservative, kool-aid drinking Republicans going to blame for all your problems? Seriously, America has just died? Maybe you people that voted this way should move to another country and see what it is like somewhere else. I have an idea, try China and criticize their leader and government and see what happens. Whether you like him or not, he is all of our President, yes even those of you who didn’t vote for him. He was elected in the greatest country of all time, so a little respect would be appropriate! Report Reply 0 replies · active 346 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 346 weeks ago It is those who are able to adapt to change that ultimately go further in life in the long run. Those who oppose change will be left behind and the theory of natural selection will run its course. Give it a chance and see where it goes. If it doesn’t work well for our country we have the right as the people to change once again. People today are so caught up in Republican vs Democrat toddler arguments that they forgot we are one nation and to progress in the world we need to stick together. I obviously was not alive during the civil war but I feel the tension between Republicans and Democrats that i imagine was felt by many before 1861. It is pretty bad when a 25 year old has to tell a bunch of 50-75 year olds to get along. I can’t wait until my generation takes office. We are far more open minded, innovative and educated than our current elected officials. Report Reply 1 reply · active 346 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down NoBama · 346 weeks ago Thirsty its your generation that has us in this mess. You voted with your Kool-Aid induced drunk state and kept your head buried in the sand that’s exactly why we are in this fix. He as done absolutely NOTHING since being elected in a fraud tainted election not once but twice. I hope you like the change you got. Report Reply 0 replies · active 346 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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