Yudichak and Heffley Announce over $800,000 in Funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority

JIM THORPE, March 29, 2016 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced today that seven Carbon County projects will receive $816,070 in funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

“The state’s investment in these important community projects will improve public safety, invest in regional infrastructure, and enhance the quality of life for the residents throughout Carbon County,” said Yudichak.

“Each of these projects provide a substantial benefit to our communities and to Carbon County as whole,” said Heffley. “Sen. Yudichak and I work together to ensure we can provide funding for as many projects as possible, and I am very glad to see public safety and tourism priorities reflected in these efforts.”

Lansford Borough will receive $160,000 to construct a municipal garage. The pole building facility will be used to house borough equipment and also will store tools and vehicles used by the Lansford Borough Streets Department.

Mahoning Township will receive $131,000 on behalf of the Carbon County Council of Governments to help with the purchase of a street sweeper. The street sweeper will serve as a crucial addition to the CCCOG and will be shared between the 18 municipalities that are currently members.

Carbon County will receive $125,000 to help with the completion of phase 1-B of the Emergency Operations and Training Center. The Carbon County EOTC will serve as a training hub for all Carbon County first responders, including a fire and police training facility with burn and observation towers.

Jim Thorpe Borough will receive $67,449 to help with the purchase of solar powered parking kiosks that will be installed on the west side of the borough. This will allow residents and visitors to pay with coins, bills, or credit cards, making the parking process more convenient. The borough will also purchase a hand held computer and signage for the kiosks.

Kidder Township will receive $42,026 for a paving and sidewalk replacement project at the Kidder Township Municipal Building. The Municipal Building houses the Kidder Township Police Department, all of the township’s committee meetings, and serves as the region’s emergency shelter.

Lehighton Borough will receive $34,000 to help purchase equipment upgrades and technological improvements for the Lehighton Borough Police Department.

$256,595 of the funding was granted through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer program, which assists municipalities with the construction, improvement, expansion, and rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sewer system. One Carbon County project was funded.

“The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Grant Program is vital to keeping our community’s water and sewer infrastructure safe and dependable,” said Yudichak. “The Palmerton Municipal Authority will utilize these important state funds to upgrade its facilities and deliver better water services to its customers.”

The tank and pump station will offer residents a reliable supply of water for daily and emergency use. Currently, high water usage creates water shortage issues for 125 homes serviced by the 5 hp electric booster pump.

“I am glad to see funds available for this local infrastructure project that will increase water pressure in the west end of Palmerton,” said Heffley.


Senator John Yudichak Announces Small Water and Sewer Grants for Luzerne and Carbon Counties

HARRISBURG, March 29, 2017 — The Commonwealth Financing Authority (“CFA”) approved nearly $2 million in grants today through the Small Water and Sewer Grant Program for Luzerne and Carbon counties. The program funds projects that assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system.

“These projects are not often celebrated, but they are important to both economic development and public safety,” said Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Carbon/Luzerne). “The region’s storm and sanitary infrastructure is among the oldest in Pennsylvania and these state funds will help many communities tackle long deferred maintenance to their water and sewer systems.”

Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Carbon/Luzerne) thanked Representatives Doyle Heffley, Gerald Mullery, Tarah Toohil, Mike Carroll, and Eddie Day Pashinski for their support in securing these grants for northeastern Pennsylvania.

Here is the complete list of grant recipients:

Hanover Township ($350,000) Solomon Creek Interceptor Rehabilitation – Phase 2
Hazleton City Authority – Water Department ($155,000) Hazleton City Authority Water Treatment Plant Upgrade
Palmerton Municipal Authority ($256,595) West End Tank and Pump Improvements
Hughestown Borough ($406,233) Rock Street Sanitary Sewer Project
Newport Township Sewer Authority ($250,000) Pump Station Rehabilitation
City of Wilkes-Barre ($200,000) Solomon Creek Area Sanitary Sewer System Improvements
Nanticoke City ($200,000) City of Nanticoke West Main Street Sewer Replacement



Senator Yudichak Applauds Lehigh Valley Health Network Investment in Hazleton

Harrisburg, March 21, 2017 — The Lehigh Valley Health Network announced today a major investment at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton that will significantly expand the hospital’s facilities in downtown Hazleton as well as its regional operations to better transition its healthcare delivery model towards more ambulatory outpatient care and wellness programs.

State Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) applauded Lehigh Valley Health Network’s commitment to Greater Hazleton.  “The expansion and modernization of the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton represents more access to quality, affordable health care for residents of northeastern Pennsylvania and a significant investment in our regional economy,” said Senator John Yudichak.

In the coming months, Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton’s Health and Wellness Center campus will be expanded and hospital rooms will be modernized to provide more privacy to patients and their families. In center city Hazleton, OB/GYN, primary care, and pediatric care services will be offered in an enhanced facility. Lehigh Valley Health Network has also committed to an aggressive physician recruitment program.

“Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton’s announcement today reinforces its long-standing partnership with the communities of Greater Hazleton in the collective effort to improve the health and well-being of the residents of northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Senator Yudichak.


Senator Yudichak Concerned Budget Cuts to EPA Will Harm Pennsylvania

Nanticoke, March 17, 2017 — State Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s budget that proposes significant cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”):

“Every Pennsylvanian’s fundamental right to clean air and water will be seriously challenged if the proposed 30 percent cut to the EPA passes the U.S. Congress,” said Senator Yudichak.

“The EPA is a critical funding partner for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection,” Senator Yudichak added. “The EPA helps us inspect safe drinking water systems, monitor air pollution, and reclaim abandoned mine lands through innovative partnerships with groups like the Earth Conservancy,” added Senator Yudichak.

“Protecting the environment is not only a public safety issue, it’s a jobs issue for Pennsylvania companies who interact with DEP to advance economic development projects throughout the Commonwealth.”