Rush Township Receives Several Local Share Gaming Grants to Fund Municipal Projects
As guided by the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act signed into law in 2004, each year Dauphin County is tasked with the responsibility of distributing millions of dollars in shared revenue from Hollywood Casino in Grantville--2% of the casino's gross revenue goes to Dauphin County and another 2% goes to municipalities within the County based on a process of application and criteria. As outlined in the Act, gaming grants are intended to fund human services; infrastructure & facilities improvement; transportation; emergency services, health, & public safety; and public interest initiatives. Local governments as well as non-profit organizations are invited to apply.
Rush Township has received the following grants from this program:
Rush Township began the process of zoning in 2014. The purpose of zoning is to preserve the rural and agricultural nature of the Township. This project is expected to be completed in 2015.
A two bay garage to house vehicles and equipment for the Township was constructed in 2012-2013.
The paving of a 1/4 mile tract of Stahl's Drive was completed in June 2013. The Township received a $12,000 grant to partially pay for this project. The remainder was paid from State Liquid Fuels funds.
A truck with a plow and spreader was purchased for municipal services provided by the Township, such as winter road maintenance services. Funds from this grant were also allocated to equip the new municipal building/emergency services center with furniture, office equipment, and other needed supplies.
In 2009, Rush Township received grant funds for the purchase of a backhoe for municipal use.
A new and modern shared municipal building and emergency management center was constructed in 2010-2011. The building features handicapped accessibility and restroom facilities, two items which were lacking at the previous township headquarters (schoolhouse building).