Hermitage city officials have released a list of nine projects that they have included on a Mercer County wish list of projects proposed for federal economic stimulus cash.

City Manager Gary P. Hinkson said county officials wanted the list by Feb. 13, but he wasn’t sure what they would do with it.

He said he was not initially asked to prioritize the projects, just list shovel-ready ones, but has since been asked to pick three top projects. They are:

• Expanding the water pollution control plant on Broadway Avenue to increase its treatment capacity, install anaerobic digestion equipment to create a higher quality sludge and a gas that could be burned to generate electricity, and transition from a chlorine-based water-disinfection system to an ultraviolet system. City officials are asking for $12 million toward the $32 million project, and will open bids Feb. 26 for digester equipment, around which the plant will be designed.

• Building the LindenPointe Technology Innovation and Development Center, which would include business incubator sites and a testing center for high-technology firms. City officials are asking for $2.3 million toward a $3.9 million project.

• Accelerating work in the Neighborhood Investment Program, which targets older neighborhoods for road, sanitary sewer and other improvement projects. The city is asking for $2 million toward what has been envisioned as an ongoing program, and would use it initially for work in the areas of Todd Avenue and Theota Drive.

Other projects making the list:

• Restoring part of the Indian Run stream west of North Hermitage Road, between two sections that previously were restored, $175,000 toward a $300,000 project.

• Hermitage athletic complex, $2.1 million toward a $2.5 million project to build game and practice fields for baseball, softball, football and soccer on South Darby Road, north of the Little League complex. City officials will open bids March 18 for the first phase of construction.

• Butler County Community College wants to build a 16,000-square-foot building in LindenPointe, where the college already offers classes in another building. The city is asking for $1.9 million toward a $2.5 million project.

• LindenPointe Training and Workforce Development Building, $600,000 for wiring, design work center and laboratory equipment, and distance learning equipment. City officials plan to award a contract for construction of the building Wednesday.

• Pennsylvania National Guard Readiness Center, $10 million. This is a state project that is awaiting federal construction funding.

• Building a stormwater-detention basin and associated amenities to alleviate flooding in the Hunter’s Woods residential development. The city is asking for $225,000 toward a $350,000 project.

Some of the projects already have partial federal, state and/or local funding secured.

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