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Senator Killion and Senator McGarrigle Reach Deal with Harrah’s Philadelphia
State Senator Thomas J. McGarrigle and I have reached a deal with Harrah’s Philadelphia to provide Delaware County with funding to compensate for the recent state Supreme Court ruling striking down language used in the Gaming Act that calculated the local share or “host fee” for the municipalities and counties that host casinos.
I want to thank Harrah’s Philadelphia for stepping up to the plate. While a legislative fix is required for a long-term solution, this agreement reflects the spirt of the Gaming Act and the need to return gaming revenue to host municipalities and counties. Senator McGarrigle and I will work to pass legislation to ensure continued local access to gaming revenue when the legislature convenes in January.
In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, Delaware County’s Local Share Assessment (LSA) amounted to $4.9 million, and the share for host city Chester totaled $10.5 million.
The state Supreme Court struck down the LSA provisions in the Pennsylvania Gaming Act on September 28, finding them unconstitutional. All interested parties are currently working together to craft a long-term legislative fix that can be considered in January.
Killion Announces State Grant to Nether Providence Township and Kennett Township
On December 6, 2016, Nether Providence Township, of Delaware County, was awarded a grant by the state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) through its Multimodal Transportation Fund to create a walkable and bikeable circuit. Specifically, Nether Providence was awarded a $750,000 state grant to enhance pedestrian safety and improve access to schools, existing trails and neighboring municipalities.
This project consists of three components: 1) extending the existing sidewalk on East Rose Valley Road from Osborne Lane up to State Road 252/Providence Road; 2) installing sidewalk to connect Leiper Smedley Walking and Biking Trail to the Copples Lane sidewalk; and 3) creating 20,000 linear feet of bike lanes in both directions on West Brookhaven Road from the township line to State Route 252/Providence Road. Completion of this project will be very beneficial to the residents of Nether Providence Township, I look forward to seeing the progress.
Secondly, Kennett Township was also awarded a $1,200,000 grant through the Multimodal Transportation Fund for the improvements and development of trail segments as part of the Kennett Greenway Trail. The grant will be used to improve and develop multi-use trails for pedestrians and bicyclists so that they may commute safely and separately from vehicle traffic. Currently, the trails are narrow and very close to roads built for motor vehicles. These improvements will be very important to the safety concerns of residents and visitors to this area.
To address these concerns, Kennett Township plans to install paths and sidewalks on South Street, McFarlan Road and East Baltimore Pike. Improvements will also be made to Pennock Park, Parrish, Whittle, and Chandler Mill Road trails and Chandler Mill Bridge. I’m pleased that these townships will be able to move forward with these improvements. I’m hopeful many residents and their families will enjoy for many years to come.
The Multimodal Transportation Fund is administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA).
Killion, Barrar to Host Public Meeting on State Route 322 Improvement Project
Representative Steve Barrar and I will be hosting a public meeting on planned improvements to State Route 322 at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14th in the Concord Township Municipal Building, Meeting Room 43, Thornton Road, Glen Mills.
I urge area residents who have questions about this project or want to provide input to attend. PennDOT officials will be on hand to share the plan for the upcoming construction on Route 322, Sections 101 and 102, which will begin in spring of 2017.
These improvements are important to enhancing public safety and traffic flow, so we want folks who use the road to have the latest information on the project.
Senator Killion Tours Local Small Business, Tri-M Headquarters in Kennett Square
This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to tour Tri-M Headquarters, which is located in Kennett Square. Tri-M is a true small business success story and we are so fortune to have them in the 9th District.
The company now employs more than 400 employees and has 5 locations scattered along the east coast. On Tuesday I was able to learn about and see the work they are doing with renewable energy by touring their 100kW solar array. I am so impressed by the work that Tri-M is doing here locally. They have proven to be an industry leader in solar panel renewable energy.
How We Can Help You
Here are some of the ways that my office can assist you:
Satellite offices have been set up to provide close-to-home services to area residents. The locations and hours are listed here:
Nether Providence Township Building
Edgmont Township Building
Borough of Marcus Hook
Kennett Township Building
The Chester Township Municipal Building
How to Contact Me
I have staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.
The district office is located at 100 Evergreen Drive, Suite 113 in Glen Mills PA, 19342. The phone number is (610) 358-5183. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.
Senate Box 203009
100 Evergreen Drive