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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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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Senator Yudichak Announces Funding for Abandoned Mine Land projects in Carbon County

Jim Thorpe, April 6, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that one project in Carbon County will receive $3 million in funding for environmental cleanup and revitalization of abandoned mine lands from the Department of Environmental Protection. Senator Yudichak worked with State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) to secure this funding.

“The environmental leadership exhibited by the communities and organizations throughout northeastern Pennsylvania should be commended for their steadfast approach to revitalizing the region by reclaiming mine scarred lands for community and economic growth,” said Senator John Yudichak.

The Borough of Weatherly received $3 million in funding for acid mine drainage treatment and trout stream restoration as well as construction of the Black Creek Trail. The funding will help with the installation of an active treatment system that will restore eight miles of wild trout stream and help with the construction of a trail between the Borough of Weatherly and the Lehigh Gorge State Park.

“This is great news for Weatherly, because this funding makes both an environmental and economic impact on our community,” said Harold Pudliner, Weatherly Borough Manager. “With the restoration of this stream and the construction of the Black Creek Trail it will make Weatherly a destination for both tourists and new businesses.”

Project funding comes from the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) 2017 AML Pilot Program, which specifically targets abandoned mine cleanup projects that are linked to local community and economic development goals.

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Senator Yudichak and Representative Heffley Announce Over $700,000 in Funding for the Commonwealth Financing Authority

Jim Thorpe, January 23, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced today that nine Carbon County projects will receive $797,458 in funding through the Monroe County Local Share Account from the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

“The funding announced today will help our local communities complete important infrastructure and safety projects throughout Carbon County,” said Senator Yudichak. “The state’s investment in these projects ensures continued development and progress for the region and most importantly an enhanced quality of life for each resident in Carbon County.”

“These worthwhile projects assist Carbon County fire companies, first responders and local governments,” said Heffley. “I am pleased to work alongside Sen. Yudichak to ensure these state funds are awarded to worthy development initiatives that will improve our communities.”

The following projects in Carbon County were approved for funding:

  • Carbon County will receive $200,000 in funding for Phase 1B in the construction process of the Carbon County Emergency and Operations Center. Phase 1B is the construction of a fire tower, which will be utilized by Carbon County fire departments for training purposes.
  • The Borough of Beaver Meadows will receive $167,500 on behalf of the Carbon County Council of Governments. The funding will be used to purchase an Elgin Whirlwind Street Sweeper. The street sweeper will be shared between all member municipalities in the CCCOG.
  • The Borough of Nesquehoning will receive $166,053 in funding on behalf of the Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1. The funding will be used to complete a renovation project on the Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1 firehouse.
  • Franklin Township will receive $150,000 in funding on behalf of the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company. The funding will be used to complete a renovation project on the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company’s firehouse.
  • The Borough of Lansford will receive $35,000 in funding to help with the reconstruction of the Lansford Pool.
  • Banks Township will receive $34,300 in funding on behalf of the Tresckow Fire Department. The funding will be used to make ADA and HVAC renovations to the Tresckow Fire Department’s social hall, which hosts the community’s major events and meetings.
  • The Carbon County Chamber and Economic Development Corp. will receive $21,618 in funding on behalf of the Lehighton Area Library. The funding will help complete an abatement and renovation project.
  • Penn Forest Township will receive $20,000 in funding on behalf of the Penn Forest Township Fire Company No. 1. The funding will be used to help purchase and install a new electric sign outside its facility.
  • The Carbon County Chamber and Economic Development Corp. will receive $2,987 in funding on behalf of the Carbon County Community Foundation.

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Statement from Senator Yudichak on Route 93 Traffic Safety Problems

Jim Thorpe, April 14, 2016- State Senator John Yudichak issued the following statement this afternoon after a meeting to address the traffic safety problems on Route 93 in Nesquehoning.

“Every Carbon County resident who raised concerns about the serious traffic safety problem on Route 93 had their voices heard today by state, county and local authorities who are working together to mitigate the truck accidents that are happening at an alarming rate,” said State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon).

“All safety options are on the table to address the rash of truck accidents on Broad Mountain including increased enforcement and an out-right ban on large tractor trailers that use Route 93 to by-pass safer alternative trucking routes,” said Senator Yudichak.