Six Local Municipalities Win $781K in County Grant Funds

NORRISTOWN PA – Six western Montgomery County municipalities within The Post’s circulation area have been awarded a total of more than $781,000 in Montco 2040 implementation grants announced Monday (May 23, 2022) by the county Board of Commissioners. They are among 18 projects that together are sharing $2.5 million to make “targeted physical improvements” in their communities, commissioners said.

Grant winners included Pottstown and Trappe boroughs, and Douglass (Montgomery), Perkiomen, Upper Salford, and West Pottsgrove townships.

Projects were evaluated in terms of their impact, equity, county and local planning consistency, project readiness, and funding attributes. Applicants seeking more than $4 million in total grant funding were selected by a committee consisting of county Planning Commission board members and inter-departmental county staffers.

Given heightened consideration were projects that addressed any of three focus categories for 2022: trails, paths, sidewalk connections and bike facilities; downtown and community destination support; and adaptation and resiliency.

Here are descriptions of the winning local projects:

  • Douglass (Montgomery) Township, Douglass Park Tennis Courts Renovation and Conversion, $80,239. This project will resurface an existing tennis court, convert one tennis court into four pickleball courts, and develop an Americans With Disabilities Act-accessible pathway between the existing path and the courts. ADA-accessible picnic tables will added near the courts. A bike rack will be installed at the newly resurfaced basketball courts;
  • Perkiomen Township, Perkiomen Creek Tributary Restoration Project, $200,000. Perkiomen seeks to restore as much as possible of a section of an unnamed tributary to the Perkiomen Creek to its original location. This restoration will result in a reduction in sedimentation, stabilization of the streambank, and reduced stream degradation;
  • Pottstown Borough, Riverfront Park Streambank Stabilization and Bridge Restoration, $200,000. The streambank stabilization will repair the streambank, improve the riparian buffer, and make repairs to the pedestrian bridge to keep it safe for Schuylkill River Trail users;
  • Trappe Borough, Borough Hall Rain Garden and Stormwater Playground, $162,000. A new rain garden and stormwater playground are proposed for installation behind borough hall in the middle of a new ADA ramp to the building, now under construction;
  • Upper Salford Township, Phase 2 gap funding for Park to Perkiomen Trail Connector, $100,000. Upper Salford is seeking gap funding to complete this trail project, which was awarded funds in 2021. Due to supply chain issues and substantially higher material costs, the cost to complete the trail exceeds the original project budget by $199,325. The work includes ADA-compatible trail construction, purchase of construction materials, and installation of a PennDOT-approved road crossing; and
  • West Pottsgrove Township, Old Timer’s Field Improvements, $38,900. This project proposes to install a 330-linear-foot grass berm to reduce field flooding, construct a rain garden at an existing inlet, restore a playing field, install new fencing around the field, install a new backstop, improve ADA access to the field and an existing bench, and install a bike rack and new bleachers. It will also renovate dugouts with new benches and storage racks, install two new storage sheds, and install four new recycle and trash bins.

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