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Date: March 5, 2018

Name of Responsible Entity [RE]: Mercer County

Address: c/o Mercer County Regional Planning Commission
2491 Highland Rd., Hermitage, PA 16148

Telephone Number of RE: 724-981-2412, x 3204

On or about March 19, 2018 the above-named grantee will submit a request to the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (PA DCED) to release CDBG Funds for the following project:

Title: Sidewalk Improvements – Mercer Borough

Location: Mercer Borough

Estimated Cost: FY 2016 Mercer County CDBG project cost = $203,567 for Mercer Borough.
This project may be funded as part of multiple Mercer County CDBG Entitlement Fiscal Years.


The borough proposes to install handicapped ramps mainly along the north south corridors of Pitt and Otter Streets, effectively linking the southeast portion of the borough with the central business district for disabled individuals. The scope of work includes demolition of existing concrete sidewalk and/or curbs and installation of handicapped accessible ramps. This includes the installation of 535 linear feet of curbing, 61 truncated domes, 49 landing pads and 2,945 square feet of transition sidewalk.

The activities proposed are categorically excluded from the NEPA requirements (24 CFR Part 58.35) and there is no requirement for an environmental assessment. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) which documents the Environmental Review of the project has been made by the Grantee and more fully sets forth the reasons why a full Environmental Impact Statement is not required. This ERR is on file at the above address and is available for public examination and copying, upon request between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Mercer County, c/o the Mercer County Regional Planning Commission. All comments received by March 19, 2018 will be considered by Mercer County prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.


Mercer County certifies to the Commonwealth that Matthew McConnell in his capacity as Chairman of the Mercer County Board of Commissioners consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. DCED’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows Mercer County to use Program funds.


DCED will accept objections to its release of funds and acceptance of the certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the grantee’s Certifying Officer; (b) the grantee has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by DCED; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to the Department of Community and Economic Development, Office of Community Development, 4th Floor, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120. Potential objectors should contact DCED to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Matthew McConnell
Mercer County Board of Commissioners

Mailed on March 2, 2018 to the following agencies:

Pamela Reilly
Historic Preservation Specialist
Office of Community Development, DCED
Commonwealth Keystone Building, 4th Floor
400 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225

PA Department of Environmental Protection
Regional Director8
230 Chestnut Street
Meadville, PA 16335

Environmental Protection Agency
Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029

Director, Federal Liaison Division
Office of Federal Activities (104)
Environmental Protection Agency
404 M. Street, S. W.
Washington, D.C. 20460

Sent to (on March 19, 2018):

Chris Howe
Center for Community Building
Office of Community Development
4th Floor, Commonwealth Keystone Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225

Posted at the following locations:

Mercer Co. Regional Council of Governments
2495 Highland Rd.
Hermitage, PA 16148

Mercer County Regional Planning Commission
2491 Highland Road
Hermitage, PA 16148

Mercer Borough Building
145 North Pitt Street
Mercer, PA 16137

Posted online @ and

MERCER Borough (Mercer County)
Spending Report for 2015 ACT 13 MARCELLIS SHALE IMPACT FEE
(Total 2314(d) Funds Received: $2,939.25)

Category Current Reported Amount
Public Infrastructure Construction $2,939.25
Construction, reconstruction, maintenance and repair of roadways, bridges and public infrastructure.
Local or regional planning initiatives under the act of July 31, 1968 (P.L.805, No.247), known as the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code
Total Spent: $2,939.25

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You will notice an additional $ 5.00 increase totaling the Sewer Treatment Improvement (STU) charge to $ 10.00 per month starting with your January sewer billing statement due February 6th of 2017. This increase will be set aside to fund the replacement of the existing sewage treatment plant as mandated by Federal and State Regulations. The project cost is approximately $ 10,571,000.00. Mercer Borough applied for funding through the USDA and is approved for a $ 6,161,000 grant. The remaining costs will be paid through sewer bill revenues. Mercer Borough Engineers and Financial Advisors have recommended a $ 15.00 increase ultimately per month for residential dwellings so Mercer Borough officials have been working diligently to lower costs. Please contact the Borough Administrative office if you would like to discuss our project further.


On behalf of Brandy Springs Park, Mercer Borough submitted a grant application for funding of a 1,800 square foot spray park pad featuring a combination of in ground and elevated spray features. The Spray Park will complement the existing pool and create a unique attraction to the park not found in the surrounding 5 communities. The Spray Park will provide a location for family use from toddlers to adult. We are looking forward to families with young children visiting the park while the older children can play baseball, swim, in the public pool or enjoy the calm of the beautiful bond. The Brandy Springs Park Board , Mercer Borough Officials and dedicated members of the community have been working hard to restore this park back to it’s beautiful condition and add new features for people of all ages. We hope to hear from the DCNR this fall but that won’t stop the wonderful progress already being made !


Mercer Borough enacted an ordinance in 1997 that regulates, limits and sets the times for burning within the Borough limits. The complete ordinance is available on our website. It is lawful to burn the following materials and substances ONLY : leaves, brush, plant cuttings, and other dead plant matter normally occurring in the coarse of maintaining a residence or property. The hours are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 6:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. All burning shall be attended at all times during the course of burning and shall not be left smoldering.

Mercer Borough is awarded $ 555,000.00 for the South Diamond Sidewalk Improvement and Streetscape Project ! The Shenango Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) announced yesterday that Mercer Borough scored highest on their funding application and voted to fund Mercer Borough’s entire construction project. The Engineering fees will be funding through contributions from the S. Diamond Street property owners. Mercer Borough will be meeting with PAdot officials to coordinate the construction schedule and we will keep you posted on the timelines.

In an effort to revitalize the business district and promote a safe and esthetically pleasing downtown area, Mercer Borough is proposing a South Diamond Street Sidewalk and Streetscape Improvement Project. Sidewalk and pedestrian crossing plans are included in Mercer County Regional Planning Commissions’ 2011 US Route 19 Corridor Study funded through the PCTI. A funding application was submitted to Mercer County Regional Planning and the grant approvals will be announced in February of this year. The 5 legged intersection at Route 19, W. Market Street and Route 19 and W. Butler Street and 19 were recently upgraded, funded through the HSIP. This included traffic signal upgrades with decorative mast arms, innovative pedestrian crossing and ADA improvements. Mercer Borough has recently applied for Multi-Model Transportation Funding and Tap Funding going forward with the plans to replace the overhanging wires with decorative mast arms as recommended in the Corridor Study.

Mercer Borough Council was notified by Penn Power in 2015 that Street Light Poles located on North and South Diamond Street were starting to deteriorate, and needed to be replaced. Our street light poles are constructed of steel and were purchased over 40 years ago. Penn Powers’ only option is to replace the steel poles with wooden poles which would set back Mercer’s revitalization planning efforts. Also, the sidewalks along the south side of South Diamond Street are unattractive using various materials and are uneven with the adjoining sidewalks. There 7 properties along the South Side of S. Diamond include the Mercer County Court House Veterans Administration Office and Annex Building, the Mercer County Republican headquarters, a Real Estate office, Doctor’s office and 5 retail businesses. The upper floors in many of these buildings house residential dwelling units.

Mercer Borough is proposing to enhance this Historic Street by replacing the existing street light poles with decorative units to match Mercer County Court House’s lighting features and the new poles used in the Route 19 Corridor Improvements. The sidewalks would be reconstructed adding beautiful brick inlays, ADA approved curbs for safety and additional cut out squares for trees and vegetation.

With Mercer Borough being the County Seat, this project will benefit many people from Mercer County who visit the Mercer County Court House, its’ Annexes and Veteran’s Association. The business owners are looking for ways to enhance the downtown area to encourage the visitors and residents to shop at the stores, eat at the great restaurants and view the historic buildings.

Mercer Council has agreed to pay for the Engineering costs associated with the project with local business owners agreeing to contribute towards their portion of the sidewalk renovations. Mercer Borough’s Engineer has experience with these types of projects and initial drawings and utility research has already begun.

Mercer Borough Council and Administration


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