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Newport Township, April 12, 2017 — Newport Township broke ground today on its Public Works Co-Op facility that will house a variety of maintenance equipment and other vehicles that will also be shared by the Lower South Valley Council of Governments (“COG”), which includes Newport, Hanover, and Plymouth Townships as well as Ashley Borough, Sugar Notch Borough and the City of Nanticoke.

The facility will be completed and operational later this year. It was funded by a $250,000 grant from the Local Share Assessment (“LSA”).

“Newport Township’s public works facility will be state-of-the-art,” said Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon). “Today, we mark the beginning of a new opportunity to foster municipal cooperation and improve public works services to all residents served by the Lower South Valley Council of Governments.”

In 2016, the Lower South Valley COG purchased more than $500,000 of maintenance equipment including a roller and paver with an LSA grant. Since its inception, the Lower South Valley COG has secured almost $1 million in LSA grants.

“Building a public works facility is not a glamorous investment, but it is a critical upgrade to our Public Works Department,” said Newport Township Manager Peter Wanchisen. “The Co-Op Public Works facility will extend the useful life of this equipment so that it can be used by all communities in the Lower South Valley COG for years to come.”

“This is a great example of the importance of the Local Share Assessment program, because it is difficult to find grant programs that will allow communities to purchase maintenance equipment and construct public works facilities that they sorely need,” said Representative Gerald Mullery (D-Newport Township).

“The Lower South Valley COG continues to build momentum,” said Sam Guesto, Chairman of the Lower South Valley COG and Hanover Township Manager. “With strong member participation, we can provide high-quality services to thousands of residents that would rival some of the larger communities in northeastern Pennsylvania such as Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre.”