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.