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The Recovery Act At Work
Delaware County
$125,960,134 *
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 $7,332,471 *
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 $6,500 per home: blower door guided air sealing to effectively locate and reduce air-leakage throughout the home; installation of attic, wall, basement and crawlspace insulation and ventilation to reduce energy loss; heating system modification or replacement to increase the efficiency and/or safety of the heating system; minor repairs, and/or health and safety measures are provided (when necessary) to allow the safe and effective installation of the weatherization measures; energy baseload reduction, including CFL and appliance replacement, and; client education on the proper use and maintenance of the installed Weatherization measures and ways to reduce energy waste everyday. The project will weatherize 1,612 homes through 3/31/12.
The proposed PA Conservation Works! Project is for the installation of new lights at the Riddle Memorial Hospital Parking Garage. The project scope includes the removal and disposal of 294 existing 150W MH & 20 - 250 W MH Lamps & Ballasts and the replacement with 608-42W Compact Fluorescent Lamps and Electronic Ballasts.
This project will retrofit an existing 100 year old Township owned building with geothermal heat pumps and energy efficient historically accurate replacement windows. In addition, insulation will be added in a manner which is sensitive to the historical context of the facility. The Willows Cottage is on the grounds of the Willows Estate in Radnor Township (historical status applied for). This building was scheduled for demolition but has been rescued by a citizens group which is currently working on the restoration of the building into an education center for environmental and sustainability, CSA distribution center and apartment. The proposed energy efficiency retrofits will create a 73.72% overall reduction in Energy/fuel consumption and save a projected energy/fuel cost ($/yr) of $7,826.60 and serve as a teaching/demonstration of retrofitting existing building especially those with a historical context.
Conduct a comprehensive Energy Audit across all of DELCORA'S facilities and replace older, less efficient lighting at the WRTP and at four pump stations. Replacement of lighting that operates nearly year round is expedient since DELCORA operates 24/7.
This shovel ready project will replace the incandescent traffic signal bulbs at nine intersections in Springfield Township with 335 energy efficient LEDs. Also replaced will be 45 old LED's. This upgrade conserves 126,259KWh/year, 90% energy savings over the old system, saving $15,403/yr and reducing 108,582 lbs/yr.CO2 emissions. The project supports the retention of three full time jobs; manifests the Keystone principles in enhancing the environment; and leads and educates the public by implementing energy efficiency technologies. The $28,420 Conservation Works grant with 30% Township match $11,981.25 enables the $40,401 project to begin in December 2009, be completed by July 2010. Over twenty years this project will: save over $500,000 in energy/op.costs ($12.37/grant dollar); Prevent 1085 tons of CO2 and other pollutants from entering the atmosphere; promote domestic jobs and support energy independence. The future improvements to be measured/documented in Portfolio Manager
This project will upgrade 610 traffic and 1,144 street lights across 5 municipalities. The project reduces energy consumption by 41% indefinitely. Cost savings from lower power needs equal $30,000/year based on 2008 energy costs. Approximately $16,500 in additional savings will come from reductions need for operating / maintenance contracts that support replacements and physical maintenance of the lighting infrastructure. For the traffic signals, the energy savings exceed 90% and $14,450.90 in energy generation and maintenance savings. For the streetlight component, a 25% savings in energy consumption and $15,310 in energy generation charges is expected with a payback period for this effort of 3.5 years. The project create/retains 5 temporary jobs. Total project cost is $498,084 with 10% cash match. The project will upgrade ALL mercury streetlights to HPS and ALL incandescent traffic light signals with new LED types and will be completed within 12 months.
Install 18 kW solar electric system to generate 21.145 kWh (AC) of electricity at the Tinicum Township Memorial Library and replace existing gas fired hot air furnaces in the apparatus bays of the Tinicum Township Firehouse with gas fired infrared radiant heaters. The project also includes a special newsletter to Township residents documenting the installations and detailing energy savings to be gained.
Environment
Environment $133,891 *
Federally Regulated Leaking Underground Storage Tank Site Corrective Action under ARRA grant
Federally Regulated Leaking Underground Storage Tank Site Corrective Action under ARRA grant
Delaware River Basin Commission: Delaware River Basin Bacteria Monitoring Swimmable Rivers
Other Infrastructure / Housing
Other Infrastructure / Housing $1,156,723 *
The project provides financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless or help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. Funds will be used for activities to address the jurisdiction’s homelessness needs such as: financial assistance with rental payments; security deposits; utility payments or deposits; arrearages; moving costs; and, motel/hotel vouchers; and housing relocation and stabilization services such as case management; outreach and engagement; housing search and placement; legal services; and, credit repair.
Upgrade three pumps to provide a new station capacity of approximately 3 million gallons per day, install a backup generator, and variable frequency drives (VFD's) on 3 pump motors for better efficiency. This system serves 7,013 moderate income households in Upper Chichester Township.  Current average annual sewer rates are $260.  Rates are not expected to increase.
Replace 13,500 linear feet of 48 inch pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipe with a 54 inch ductile iron pipe, stabilize 110 linear feet of bulkhead at the Chester Pump Station, and install energy saving harmonic filters at the Central Delaware County Pump Station.This system serves six low to moderate income municipalities (Chester City, Chester Township, and Brookhaven, Parkside, Trainer, and Upland Boroughs) all in Delaware County.  Current average annual sewer rates are $238 and are not expected to increase.
Approximately 40,000 square feet of impervious surface is scheduled for disconnection removing 85,000 cubic feet of runoff from the headwaters of the Darby yearly. The overall cost is $134,750 or $1.44 per cubic foot removed before contingency.
Public Safety
Transportation Infrastructure
Transportation Infrastructure $20,717,171 *
Installation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) devices on Interstate 95 from Delaware State Line to Broad Street Interchange
Construction of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Curb Ramps in various locations of Delaware County
Signal Improvement at the Newtown Street Road and Whitehorse Road Intersection in Newtown Township
Construction of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Curb Ramps in various locations of Brookhaven Borough
Update existing traffic signals to Light Emitting Diode (LED) Signals in Darby, Brookhaven and Norwood Boroughs
Milling, resurfacing, and base repairs on Valley Road in Edgemont Township
Workforce
Workforce $1,314,005 *
The project will include housing and financial literacy training and asset development services designed to promote a Teen Savings Club targeting youth ages 14-18; an Individual Development Accounts for Education program for high school and college students; and a Family Savings Account program to stimulate family economic self-sufficiency. It will offer innovative employment related services, job training and related activities including training for “green” jobs and promote the growth and development of youth through establishment of a Healthy Living and Physical Fitness Program to include an anti-obesity component targeted towards children.
* Totals reflect only funding flowing through state agencies.

Direct Benefits to Families
How PA Benefits People Helped in Delaware County Explanation of Benefits Reporting as of
Food Assistance 56,477 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 80,287 Low income children and adults will continue to have access to health care through Medical Assistance. March 2010
Health Insurance for Unemployed 23,200 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 237,570 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 16,900 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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