Senator Yudichak and Representative Heffley Announce Over $600,000 In Funding From the Commonwealth Financing Authority

Jim Thorpe, March 26, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced today that seven Carbon County projects will receive $624,338 in funding through the Monroe County Local Share Account from the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

“The state’s investment today ensures that Carbon County continues to develop and progress towards a brighter future,” said Senator Yudichak.

“I am excited to work with the Senator and local leaders in securing the state funding for these much-needed projects in our communities,” said Representative Heffley. “I will continue to do what I can in Harrisburg to ensure that state dollars are allocated to Carbon County for public safety and infrastructure improvements that help to enhance our quality of life.”

Carbon County will receive $158,338 in funding to help complete its proposed Emergency Operations Training Center. The proposed center will be a two-building facility that will provide county first responders with live fire training sites, a drill tower, police training facility and classrooms where first responders can receive instruction and training.

The facility will also house the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency and will provide vehicle and emergency apparatus parking garages. The facility will also house a stormwater management system that will recycle water that is collected and will then be used for live fire training exercises.

“The Carbon County Board of Commissioners and emergency responders of Carbon County are very thankful for the LSA grant award for our training facility. In a time when volunteerism is in a crisis, training is essential to the safety of not only our volunteers and first responders, but all our residents and the property they protect,” said Wayne Nothstein, Chairman of the Carbon County Board of Commissioners.

Carbon County received $169,069 on behalf of the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Downtown Jim Thorpe for upgrades and renovations to the building. Upgrades and renovations will include: new stage curtains, an air conditioning system, sound absorption system, sound system, and new console.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House is a non-profit organization and music venue that seats approximately 380 people and is one of the northeast’s premiere listening spaces and most intimate concert venues, which brings approximately 25,000 people per year to Downtown Jim Thorpe and Carbon County.

“I would like to thank Senator Yudichak and Representative Heffley as well as the state for investing in what we think is one of the crown jewels of Carbon County,” said Vincent DeGiosio, representative for the Mauch Chunk Opera House. “The implementation of the desired upgrades will heighten the entertainment experience and will also allow us to possibly take on more shows, creating more opportunities for economic growth in the area.

“Preserving and improving the Mauch Chunk Opera House is also significant to the heritage tourism business in Carbon County as well, which has helped to revitalize the region.”

The following projects in Carbon County were approved for funding:

  • Parryville Borough will receive $147,146 in funding for improvements at the Carl Wolter III playground.
  • Mahoning Township will receive $66,319 in funding on behalf of the Mahoning Township Fire Company for its Fire Company No. 1 Rehabilitation Project.
  • Lansford Borough will receive $40,444 in funding for phase II of its Downtown Streetscape Improvement Project.
  • Jim Thorpe Borough will receive $24,631 in funding for the purchase of automatic license plate readers for the police department.
  • Lehighton Borough will receive $18,391 in funding for the purchase of automatic license plate readers for the police department.

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Senator Yudichak Announces Over $5.7 Million in Funding for the 14th Senatorial District in Luzerne County from the Commonwealth Financing Authority

Nanticoke, March 26, 2019 – State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that 40 projects in the 14th Senatorial District will receive over $5.7 million in funding through the Luzerne County Local Share Account program from the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

“Today’s funding will help our local communities complete important infrastructure projects that will promote and sustain the substantial economic growth that is occurring in Luzerne County,” said Senator Yudichak. “Significant funding awarded to McCarthy Tire to expand its corporate headquarters in Wilkes-Barre, and the $1 million grant awarded to Hanover Township for its Industrial Park Circulation Road Project will help to further establish that northeastern Pennsylvania is the place where global and national brands want to do business.”

“I would like to thank my colleagues in both the Senate and the House of Representatives in Luzerne County for working together with me to acquire this critical funding for the region,” said State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski. “LSA funding helps to improve the quality of life in our communities by making investments in infrastructure and safety that will benefit the people of northeastern Pennsylvania.”

Hanover Township will receive $1 million in funding to help with the construction of the Hanover Township Industrial Park Circulation Road Project. The construction of the road will help to promote the further development of the Hanover 9 site that is currently being developed by NorthPoint Development.

Hanover 9 already has one confirmed tenant in True Value, which is investing $150 million in a more than one million square-foot warehouse distribution center, creating hundreds of jobs for the region. The Hanover 9 site is expected to create 1,548 jobs with a capital investment of $209,466.14 and an annual payroll of $63,468,000.

“I would like to thank Senator Yudichak as well as Representatives Pashinski and Mullery for helping us to acquire this vital funding. The construction of this road within the Hanover 9 site is a key infrastructure project that needs to be completed in order to pursue and attract tenants,” said Brent Miles, Vice President of Economic Development for NorthPoint Development. “Investing in this project is investing in the people of Pennsylvania and will help to create jobs for many years to come.”

The City of Wilkes-Barre will receive $800,000 on behalf of McCarthy Tire for the construction and conversion of an industrial space on the corner of Conyngham Street and Wilkes Barre Boulevard to office space for McCarthy Tire’s Corporate Headquarters. The project will include complete site restoration, paving, landscaping and stormwater control.

McCarthy Tire Service is a family-owned and operated commercial tire company that has served the transportation industry for more than 90 years. Joseph J. McCarthy founded the company in 1926 in Wilkes-Barre and it has been a job creator for the northeastern Pennsylvania region ever since. In 2016, McCarthy Tire invested over $3.2 million to expand retreading operations, creating 49 new full-time jobs, while also retaining 197 existing employees.

“I would like to thank Senator Yudichak and the rest of the Luzerne County state officials who helped us acquire this important funding. McCarthy Tire’s success has centered in Wilkes-Barre for 93 years and the conversion of this structure into our Corporate Headquarters will help to keep a fourth-generation company in its home, which is the City of Wilkes-Barre,” said John D. McCarthy Jr., President and CEO of McCarthy Tire Service Company. “The project will help to create new and future jobs and will help to keep those jobs here for the next 30-plus years. Northeastern Pennsylvania is our home, and this is where we want to stay.”

The Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority will receive $330,000 on behalf of Luzerne County to help upgrade the county’s 911 system. The system, which is an analog system is currently out-of-date and needs to be converted to digital. The entire Luzerne County state delegation worked together to acquire this funding.

“I would like to thank the entire Luzerne County state delegation for working together to secure funding for this critical public safety issue,” said David Pedri, Luzerne County Manager. “The switch to a digital system is a must as the analog system we currently have will be rendered obsolete by 2020. Our 911 system is obviously an integral part of keeping our residents safe, so this funding will go a long way in helping the people of Luzerne County when emergency services are needed.”

West Hazleton Borough will receive $225,000 to help with bridge repairs to the Jaycee Drive Bridge inside the Valmont Industrial Park.

“A recent inspection showed that the bridge is in dire need of replacement due to damage to the bridge’s foundation,” said West Hazleton Borough Council President Lou Pacelli. “The Jaycee Drive bridge is a vital infrastructure asset within our community inside the Valmont Industrial Park, which is utilized by hundreds of workers each day. I’m grateful for the state’s investment in this project and for realizing its importance to our borough.”

The following projects in the 14th Senatorial District in Luzerne County were approved for funding:

  • Ashley Borough will receive $21,000 in funding to bring a historic artifact in a mine lokie once used to haul cars laden with freshly mined anthracite back to the Huber Breaker.
  • Ashley Borough will receive $50,000 in funding for its 2020 Vision Streetscape Project.
  • Edwardsville Borough will receive $150,000 in funding for its DPW Garage Project.
  • Edwardsville Borough will receive $50,000 in funding for its Mural Revitalization Project.
  • Exeter Borough will receive $100,000 in funding for the Schooley-Wyoming Avenue improvement Project.
  • Fairview Township will receive $20,343 in funding to help with the purchase of police department equipment.
  • Fairview Township will receive $20,450 in funding for the Bow Creek Roadway Improvement Project.
  • Hazle Township will receive $79,000 in funding for a feasibility study for the Hazleton Indoor Recreational Facility.
  • The City of Hazleton will receive $100,000 in funding for phase II development of Hazleton Central Park.
  • The City of Hazleton will receive $38,000 in funding for the Castle Auditorium Community Arts Center to purchase equipment.
  • The City of Hazleton will receive $47,500 in funding for a comprehensive park and recreation plan for the city.
  • The City of Hazleton will receive $50,000 in funding to help with the purchase of a fire department utility truck.
  • The City of Hazleton will receive $182,944 in funding for its Fire State Water Remediation Project.
  • The City of Hazleton will receive $37,500 in funding for the Hazleton Regional Airport to purchase equipment.
  • The City of Hazleton will receive $50,000 in funding install turf and sports netting at its community athletic center.
  • Hughestown Borough will receive $115,000 in funding for its DPW Sanitation Truck Project.
  • Larksville Borough will receive $49,200 in funding for the purchase of a new police cruiser.
  • Luzerne Borough will receive $50,000 in funding for its Local Share Account plan.
  • The Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority will receive $98,856 in funding to help with the Culvert Street Bridge removal.
  • The Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority will receive $126,365 in funding for a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi system to be installed at Mohegan Sun at Casey Plaza.
  • The City of Pittston will receive $200,000 in funding for the rehabilitation of the Greater Pittston YMCA.
  • The City of Pittston will receive $24,000 in funding for Phase V of the Pittston Revitalization Project.
  • The City of Pittston will receive $300,000 in funding for its Stadium Improvement Project.
  • Plymouth Borough will receive $150,000 in funding for improvements to its vehicles.
  • Sugar Notch Borough will receive $140,000 in funding for the acquisition of land for its municipal/police building.
  • Warrior Run Borough will receive $100,000 in funding for its Public Safety Improvement Project.
  • West Pittston Borough will receive $50,000 in funding for DPW building renovations.
  • West Wyoming Borough will receive $50,000 in funding for its Firehouse Addition and Rehabilitation Project.
  • White Haven Borough will receive $37,116 in funding to purchase a new police vehicle.
  • The City of Wilkes-Barre will receive $420,000 in funding for the purchase of a fire department tractor drawn ladder truck.
  • The City of Wilkes-Barre will receive $109,500 in funding for roof, flooring, and windows improvements to the Osterhout Free Library.
  • The City of Wilkes-Barre will receive $20,000 in funding for the Catholic Youth Center to make facility improvements.
  • The City of Wilkes-Barre will receive $30,000 in funding for upgrades and modernizations to be made to RC Theaters 14.
  • The City of Wilkes-Barre will receive $75,000 in funding for the Volunteers in Medicine “Increase to Access to Care” Initiative.
  • The City of Wilkes-Barre will receive $100,000 in funding for the Irem Temple Restoration Project.

Senator Yudichak worked with State Representatives Eddie Day Pashinski (D – Luzerne), Gerald Mullery (D – Luzerne), Mike Carroll (D – Luzerne/Lackawanna), Aaron Kaufer (R – Luzerne), and Tarah Toohil (R – Luzerne) to secure the LSA funding. A total of $11,447,326 was awarded to projects in Luzerne County.

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Senator Yudichak Announces $3.25 Million for Projects in the 14th Senatorial District

Harrisburg, March 26, 2019 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that eight projects in the 14th Senatorial District received $3.25 million in state funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Multimodal Transportation Fund program.

“As new economic development brings more jobs to Luzerne County, we must make sound investments in infrastructure projects that support the rapid growth that is occurring. I am grateful that the Commonwealth recognizes that investing in these infrastructure projects will yield great returns for the people of both Luzerne County and northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Senator John Yudichak. 

The Earth Conservancy will receive $500,000 for the Loomis Bank Access Road Project. The roadway, located in Hanover Township, will connect the Earth Conservancy’s reclaimed Loomis Bank and an adjacent parcel to the South Valley Parkway with the intent of stimulating economic development on the sites. Loomis Bank is part of the Hanover Crossings. Senator Yudichak worked with Representative Gerald Mullery (D- Luzerne) to secure funding for the Earth Conservancy.

“It was great working with Senator Yudichak to secure this funding for the Earth Conservancy. The Earth Conservancy has been a vital part of the development of the lower South Valley. I look forward to continued success and revitalization of former mine scarred lands and the creation of family sustaining jobs in the South Valley,” said Representative Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne).

Mike Dziak, President and CEO of Earth Conservancy, extended his thanks to the CFA and DCED.  Noted Dziak, “These agencies have supported the Earth Conservancy from the beginning, understanding the crucial connection between planning, infrastructure, and economic growth.  All are essential to community revitalization.”  He also recognized Senator Yudichak and Representative Mullery, lauding their ongoing efforts to help improve the South Valley through reutilization of legacy mine lands, like Loomis Bank.

Luzerne County will be receiving $200,000 for the Hanover Industrial Estates Improvement Project. The project will include the installation of sidewalks and curbs with ADA accessibility and the placement of 18 bus shelters throughout the Hanover Industrial Estates.

“This funding is vital in ensuring pedestrian safety as more people are being hired to work at Chewy.com, Adidas, and Patagonia in the Hanover Industrial Estates,” said Luzerne County Manager Dave Pedri. “I appreciate the support of Senator Yudichak and the Luzerne County delegation in helping to secure this funding.”

In Plains Township, JCJ Holdings II, LLC will receive $250,000 towards the Plains Shopping Center Traffic Control Project. This project includes a traffic signal, road widening and turning lanes that are necessary for bringing in new retailers to the shopping center. 

Also, in Plains Township, $800,000 will go toward the Wilkes-Barre Area School District Access Project, which contains three components that are designed to improve safety and flow adjacent to the newly proposed Wilkes-Barre Area School District High School in the township. The components are recommendations made by PennDOT and include a school driveway at Main Street and a school driveway at Maffett Street as well as removing the Northampton Fuel Road at Main Street.

“As we continue to bring in more retailers to the Plains Shopping Center, we need to ensure that our roads can handle the increase in traffic. This funding will help the township make improvements that are essential to keeping those who visit the shopping center safe,” said Plains Township Board of Commissioners Chairman Gerald Yozwiak. “Additionally, the funding received for the Wilkes-Barre Area School District Access Project is vital for improving safety and traffic flow as the school district works to construct their new high school on the remediated 78 acre site.” 

“The Wilkes-Barre Area School District project will create a state of the art high school that our students desperately deserve, and with any large building project, traffic issues must be addressed,” Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) said. “These safety improvements are necessary to ensure the proper traffic flow as recommended by PennDOT and I’m confident they’ll help congestion in the area.”

The City of Wilkes-Barre will receive $600,000 for the King’s College Multimodal Transportation Improvement Project. This project includes the replacement of deteriorated sidewalks, curbs, ADA ramps, pavement markings, and brick pavers as well as the installation of pedestrian crosswalks with flashing pedestrian beacons, pedestrian lampposts and lighting utilizing energy efficient LED lights and the installation of benches, trashcans, trees and signage. Senator Yudichak worked with Representative Pashinski to secure funding for this project.

“These improvements will benefit not only students and faculty at King’s College, but also members of the community who attend many of the events the college puts on,” Representative Pashinski said. “I appreciate Governor Wolf and his administration’s continued support of Wilkes-Barre and the institutions that call our area home.”

Other projects receiving funding in the 14th District include:

  • $500,000 to Swoyersville Borough for the Swoyersville Borough Street Improvement Project.
  • $300,000 for Ashley Borough for the Ashley Main Street Streetscape.
  • $100,000 for Luzerne Borough for the Luzerne Vision Plan.

In addition to working with local municipal leaders, Senator Yudichak worked with leaders of Luzerne County’s legislative delegation including Representatives Carroll, Kaufer, Mullery and Pashinski to secure funding for these regional projects.

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Heffley, Yudichak Announce State Grants for Fire and EMS Companies in Carbon County

HARRISBURG – March 20, 2019 – Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today announced more than $300,000 in state funding has been awarded to 26 fire and emergency medical services (EMS) organizations in Carbon County.

“Our first responders are selfless in the dedication of their time in service to our communities,” said Heffley. “These state funds help to ensure they have the equipment and training necessary to continue the important work of protecting lives and property in Carbon County.”

“The fire company and EMS grants are a vital funding source for our volunteer fire companies and emergency services organizations to help keep our communities safe. There are countless volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel throughout the 14th District and the Commonwealth that put their lives on the line every day to protect us,” said Yudichak. “The funding administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) can continue to aid our fire departments and EMS services in purchasing better equipment and upgrading training and education, so their personnel can continue to protect us to the best of their ability”

The funding is part of an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature. Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training or reduction of existing debt. All grants are generated from slot machine gaming proceeds, and not General Fund tax revenue.

Fire and ambulance companies are reminded that in order to receive their grants and retain their eligibility for the program, paperwork must be submitted back to the OSFC by the end of May.

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