Harrisburg, March 27, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement today after the passage of Senate Bill 748, the Public Safety Facilities Act, in the Senate.
“Today’s vote in the Senate is an important step toward establishing a transparent process for any future prison closures in the Commonwealth. By reforming the way our public safety facilities are closed, we are ensuring that our citizens and the communities affected are given the opportunity to have their voices heard,” said Senator John Yudichak.
Senate Bill 748 (Argall) is bipartisan legislation that establishes a clear process for consideration of proposed closures of state correctional institutions as well as other structures that house state law enforcement staff. This includes establishing a list of stakeholders who must be notified at least 12 months before a proposed closure is intended to occur and requires the overseeing state agency to gather information from stakeholders. The bill also requires the overseeing state agency to hold at least one public hearing at least 120 days prior to any closure.
Senate Bill 748 will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.
HARRISBURG, March 16, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) approved over $6 million in grants from the Luzerne County Local Share Account (LSA).
Senator Yudichak thanked Senators Lisa Baker and John Gordner as well as Representatives Gerald Mullery, Tarah Toohil, Aaron Kaufer, Mike Carroll, and Eddie Day Pashinski for their efforts in securing the funding.
“The broad scope of the LSA grant program allows Pennsylvania to invest in creating jobs and building better communities throughout Luzerne County,” said State Senator John Yudichak. “Because of the leadership and foresight of local leaders, new regional assets, like the expansion of Route 424 in Hazle Township and the extension of the Delaware & Lehigh Trail through Mountaintop, will boost the region’s economy and add to the growing list of quality of life amenities throughout northeastern Pennsylvania.”
Hazle Township will receive $625,617 in funding for Phase 2 of the Humboldt Industrial Park Transportation Improvement Project. The project will make transportation improvements at the intersections of Forest Road/Maplewood Drive and White Birch Road/Maplewood Drive to address existing deficiencies in traffic congestion and improve safety.
“This project is essential to completing the State Route 424 extension project, which will give us another access point into the Humboldt Industrial Park,” said Jim Montone, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Hazle Township. “With this additional entrance, we can bring more businesses in, creating more jobs and of equal importance the new entrance will allow our safety personnel to respond much faster to an emergency in the industrial park.”
“This grant for intersection improvements is a critical component to funding this portion of the project and puts us one positive step closer to finalizing the overall Humboldt Industrial Park improvement plan,” said Kevin O’Donnell, president and CEO of CAN DO, Inc. “None of this would be possible without the ongoing support of our elected officials and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the involvement of the Hazle Township Supervisors in working with CAN DO on this complex project. Senator John Yudichak, Representative Gerald Mullery, and Representative Tarah Toohil have been instrumental in representing Greater Hazleton in Harrisburg.”
The Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority has received $250,000 in funding on behalf of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. The funding will be used to construct 4.8 miles of multi-use rail trail from Oliver Mills to Mountain Top, which will increase trail access and amenities.
“The announcement of this substantial investment is great news and gets us one step closer to completing the Luzerne County section of the D&L Trail,” said Elissa Garafolo, Executive Director, Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. “This funding will be used to help us leverage this project and gives us the momentum we need to attract other funding resources.”
The City of Wilke-Barre will receive $220,000 in funding on behalf of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Development Corporation. The funding will be used for renovations to stabilize and restore the Irem Temple.
“Today’s announcement and award demonstrates how a relatively small investment of government resources has the potential to attract visitors, create jobs, and instill pride in our community,” said Christian Wielage, Irem Temple Restoration Project Chairman.
The full list of projects in the 14th Legislative District:
- Hazleton City: $150,000 for the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress to complete Phase II of the Downtown Hazleton Business Incubator.
- Wilkes-Barre City: $100,000 for the Children’s Service Center to acquire and renovate a vacant space to expand its operations.
- Wilkes-Barre City: $200,000 for the Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre for HVAC and electrical improvements.
- Wilkes-Barre City: $50,000 for the Greater Wilkes-Barre YMCA’s pool rehabilitation project.
- Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority: $250,000 for the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Oliver Mills to Mountain Top project.
- Plymouth Borough: $217,208 for Phase II of the Downtown Plymouth Redevelopment project to add parking areas.
- Plymouth Township: $150,000 for the DeHaven Pump Station & Force Main Project.
- Wilkes-Barre City: $60,509 for Wyoming Valley Art League Building ADA improvements.
- Ashley Borough: $207,444 for the Lower South Valley Council of Governments for the purchase of several public works machinery and equipment.
- Hughestown Borough: $32,500 for the North East PA Land Bank Authority for the acquisition, demolition, and rehabilitation of blighted properties.
- Pittston City: $295,000 for the Pittston Area School District for the replacement of stadium bleachers.
- Wilkes-Barre City: $103,000 for the FM Kirby Center improvements.
- Hazle Township: $625,617 for Humboldt Industrial Park Transportation improvements.
- Nanticoke City: $250,000 for the Greater Nanticoke Area School District Stadium project.
- Plymouth Borough: $100,000 for the Wyoming Valley West School District roof project.
- Wilkes-Barre City: $220,000 for the Irem Temple renovations.
- Wilkes-Barre Township: $50,000 for the Wilkes-Barre Township Recreation Center.
- Exeter Borough: $150,000 for the Wyoming Avenue Storm/Sanitary Sewer Separation/Replacement project.
- Hanover Township: $200,000 to rehabilitate the Solomon Creek Interceptor.
- Hazleton City: $250,000 for renovations to Hazleton City Hall.
- Laflin Borough: $70,000 for the Laflin Borough Salt Storage Shed project.
- Luzerne Borough: $100,000 for the Charles Street Paving project.
- Newport Township: $150,000 for the Railroad Street Drainage project.
- Swoyersville Borough: $150,000 for road improvements.
- Wilkes-Barre City: $100,000 for a neighborhood beautification project.
- Wilkes-Barre City: $100,000 for the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority (WVSA) to rehabilitate Pump Station 9B.
- Wilkes-Barre City: $100,000 for Wilkes-Barre Police Department Gun Firing range improvements.
- Wyoming Borough: $50,000 for the Wyoming/West Wyoming Little League for renovations to the Charles Flack Memorial Field.
- Hazleton City: $150,000 to implement the Group Violence Intervention program for the Hazleton Police.
- Jenkins Township: $170,000 for DPW equipment.
- Pittston City: $400,000 to expand the DPW garage and pave the lot around the garage.
- Sugar Notch Borough: $37,986 for a new truck.
- West Pittston Borough: $40,000 for a police vehicle.
- Wilkes-Barre City: $109,665 for information technology infrastructure upgrades.
- White Haven Borough: $25,000 for the White Haven Area Community Library Engine House project.
- Bear Creek Township: $75,000 for the Meadow Run Mountain Lake Park Association Erosion Control project.
- Exeter Borough: $80,000 for the Wyoming Area School District tennis court rehabilitation.
- Fairview Township: $50,000 to purchase a freightliner dump truck.
- Nanticoke City: $450,000 for Market Street acquisition, demolition, and streetscape improvements.
- Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority: $70,000 for the WVSA GIS Stormwater resource mapping.
- West Wyoming Borough: $50,000 for specialized equipment for public safety and public works.