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Welcome to Mercer Borough!

The Mercer Borough Council would like to welcome you to The New Website!!
This Webpage was designed to provide our residents a source for correct and current information concerning Mercer Borough Government.

MERCER BOROUGH APPLIES FOR A DCNR KEYSTONE GRANT FOR BRANDY SPRINGS PARK.

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 !

SOUTH DIAMOND STREET 2016 SIDEWALK AND STREETSCAPE PROJECT
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.

SEWER PLANT IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AND RATE INCREASE
You will notice a $ 5.00 increase starting with your January sewer billing statement due February 5th of 2016. 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.

Wishing you the Best For 2016!
Mercer Borough Council and Administration

 

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