Commonwealth Financing Authority Announces Over $2.7 Million in Funding for Luzerne County Projects

Nanticoke, September 18, 2018 – The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) announced today that 10 Luzerne County municipalities would receive $2,738,507 in funding from three separate grant programs. The PA Small Water and Sewer Program ($1,897,345), Act 13 Program ($600,000) and the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program ($241,162) will help to fund infrastructure and recreation projects throughout the 14th Senatorial District.

“The Commonwealth Financing Authority continues to be a great partner with Luzerne County communities looking to invest in community development projects that improve the quality of life in the region and set the stage for future economic growth,” said State Senator John Yudichak.

“The state investment of $2.7 million ensures these important local projects are completed and further demonstrates Pennsylvania’s strong commitment to addressing the municipal infrastructure needs in communities across Luzerne County.”

“These grants will go toward increasing the safety and recreational appeal of communities in our district,” said Representative Pashinski. “I’m truly appreciative to Governor Tom Wolf and his administration for working with us on these grants and seeing the value that this money will bring to our area.”

The following projects received funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority:

Small Water and Sewer Program

  • Foster Township will receive $325,000 for a sewer extension on Route 940.
  • Plymouth Township will receive $325,000 for sanitary sewer improvements.
  • West Pittston Borough will receive $160,000 for Luzerne Avenue storm and sewer improvements.
  • City of Pittston will receive $424,845 for the Panama Street Sewer Improvement Project.
  • Hanover Township will receive $362,500 for Phase 2B of the Solomon Creek Interceptor Rehabilitation Project. This project represents an investment in a regional project due to the fact that this sewer line services the majority of municipalities and industries in the Wyoming Valley, including the City of Wilkes Barre.
  • Jenkins Township will receive $300,000 for the Jenkins Township Sewer Infrastructure Project.

Act 13 Program

  • Ashley Borough will receive $300,000 for the Sulfur Run Flood Mitigation Project.
  • Yatesville Borough will receive $300,000 for the Yatesville Borough Flood Control Project.

Greenways, Trail and Recreation Program

  • White Haven Borough will receive $125,600 for Rail Yard Park development.
  • Fairview Township will receive $60,562 for basketball court renovations.
  • The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corrdior Inc. will receive $55,000 for the D&L Trail Johnson Street to Black Diamond Trail study.

State Representatives Gerald Mullery (D – Luzerne) and Mike Carroll (D – Luzerne/Lackawanna) worked with Senator Yudichak and Representative Pashinski to secure this important funding.

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Yudichak, Heffley Announce $750,000 in State Funding for Area Improvement Projects

HARRISBURG – September 18, 2018 –Sen. John Yudichak (D-14) and Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced that six improvement projects in Carbon County will benefit from nearly $750,000 in state funding approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) in Harrisburg today.

“The CFA continues to be a great partner with Carbon County communities looking to invest in community development projects that improve the quality of life in the region and set the stage for future economic growth,” Yudichak said. “The state investment ensures these important local projects are completed and further demonstrates Pennsylvania’s strong commitment to addressing the municipal infrastructure needs in communities across Carbon County.”

“I am pleased I was able to play a role in obtaining the funding for these worthy projects,” said Heffley. “It’s always good to see state money coming back into our local communities to benefit the quality of life for us all.”

Projects receiving funding through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program include:

  • The Kline Township Municipal Authority, which was awarded a $200,000 grant for the replacement of water mains and the installation of five fire hydrants along West Oak and Chestnut streets in Banks Township. The project will significantly improve water quality and fire suppression service in the Village of Tresckow. The total project cost is $494,471.
  • Nesquehoning, which was awarded a $150,000 grant for the replacement of deteriorated terra cotta sanitary sewer lines with PVC piping on Willow Lane, from Mermon Street to Cherry Lane. The total project cost is $290,181.
  • Jim Thorpe, which was awarded a $100,000 grant to replace the water main along Church Alley. The project includes the replacement of 2,450-feet of water main, 101 service lines, associated valves and two fire hydrants. The upgraded piping will be stronger and installed at a greater depth to prevent breaks during cold weather. The total project cost is $494,655.
  • The Lehighton Water Authority, which was awarded a $125,715 grant for the purchase of a leak detection system to quickly identify sources of water loss. The total project cost is $147,900.
  • The Weissport Municipal Authority, which was awarded a $88,306 grant to update sewer system equipment which is often in need of maintenance, including 70 grinder pumps and 70 ball check valves. The new equipment will reduce pump failures and eliminate overflow. The total project cost is $103,890.

In addition, Beaver Meadows was awarded $85,000 through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program to construct a recreational pavilion across the street from Memorial Park. The structure will include ADA-accessible restrooms, kitchen and storage room. The total project cost is $184,000.

The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program offers grants for small water and sewer infrastructure projects and can be used to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system.

The Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program offers grants for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects. It is supported by the Marcellus Legacy Fund established by Act 13 of 2012.

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Luzerne County Senior Expo Set for September 20

Nanticoke, September 13, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D -14th district), State Senator Lisa Baker (R – 20th district), State Representative Gerald Mullery (D – 119th district) and State Representative Aaron Kaufer (R – 120th district) will host Luzerne County seniors at their annual Luzerne County Senior Expo on Thursday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wyoming Valley Mall (29 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre).

The event will feature vendors from local, state and federal agencies that will answer questions and provide useful information about programs and services available to seniors. In addition, there will be free refreshments, giveaways and free health screenings. Flu shots will also be available at no cost with an insurance card present.

Seniors will also find information related to government services, Social Security, health care, insurance, legal issues, fraud protection, financial concerns, and exercise and nutrition information.

“I look forward to our Luzerne County Senior Expo every year, where I’m able to interact with countless seniors to hear what issues they might have or what assistance they might need,” said Yudichak. “The expo is a great place for our seniors to gather a wide array of information on programs and services that are readily available for them. The event also serves as an opportunity for seniors to access information directly from not only state, but local and federal agencies.”

“By having an annual event like this expo, Luzerne County’s senior citizens are able to learn about so many great programs available to them and can speak to representatives from agencies and organizations that understand their needs and have their best interests at heart,” said Baker. “Seniors can conveniently get answers and information in one location.”

“Our Senior Expo is an excellent resource for seniors to learn more about programs and services available to them,” said Kaufer. “What makes this expo so unique is that it features numerous vendors all under one roof, providing senior citizens an added level of convenience. I not only encourage area residents to attend, but also their caregivers.”

“I enjoy getting to talk to so many of our seniors in Luzerne County at this event, and to hear the issues that mean the most to them,” said Mullery. “The event offers the convenience of having a surplus of valuable information in one place where our seniors can be educated on goods and services available to them from federal, state and local agencies.”

The Luzerne County Transportation Authority is offering bus service to the expo from area senior centers and high rise apartment buildings. If seniors are interested in this service, please call 570-288-9356.

The event is free and open to the public for seniors in Luzerne County. For more information, please contact Sen. Yudichak’s office at 570-740-2434; Sen. Baker’s office at 570-675-3931; Rep. Mullery’s office at (570)-740-7031 or Rep. Kaufer’s office at 570-283-1001.

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