Senator Yudichak Releases Statement on Senate Passage of Senate Bill 748

Harrisburg, March 27, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement today after the passage of Senate Bill 748, the Public Safety Facilities Act, in the Senate.

“Today’s vote in the Senate is an important step toward establishing a transparent process for any future prison closures in the Commonwealth. By reforming the way our public safety facilities are closed, we are ensuring that our citizens and the communities affected are given the opportunity to have their voices heard,” said Senator John Yudichak.

Senate Bill 748 (Argall) is bipartisan legislation that establishes a clear process for consideration of proposed closures of state correctional institutions as well as other structures that house state law enforcement staff. This includes establishing a list of stakeholders who must be notified at least 12 months before a proposed closure is intended to occur and requires the overseeing state agency to gather information from stakeholders. The bill also requires the overseeing state agency to hold at least one public hearing at least 120 days prior to any closure.

Senate Bill 748 will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Senator Yudichak, Representative Heffley Meet with Carbon County Commissioners for Update on Proposed Carbon Emergency Operation Center

Nesquehoning, February 23, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon), State Representative Doyle Heffley (R – Carbon), Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein (R – Chairman), Tom Gerhard (R- Vice Chairman), William O’Gurek (D), and Carbon County Emergency Management Director Mark Nalesnik gathered today at the site of the proposed Carbon County Emergency Operations Center in Nesquehoning to discuss funding and project updates.

The estimated $14 million project includes the construction of a two-building facility that will provide Carbon County first responders with a drill tower, live fire training sites, a police training facility and classrooms where first responders can receive instruction and training.

Since 2015, the project has received $1,260,619 in state grant funding from the Multimodal Transportation Fund, Monroe County Local Share Account Program (LSA), and the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).

“I have to commend Carbon County for taking a regional approach to give our first responders a facility where they can receive quality training locally,” said Senator Yudichak. “I’m going to continue to fight for funding for this important project that once completed will be a valued asset to the people and first responders of Carbon County.”

“This is an important project for all the communities in Carbon County. Just this year, we’ve had many serious fires throughout the county and we want to make sure that all our volunteers have the best possible resources at their disposal,” said Representative Heffley. “I believe that’s what this project will do.”

The facility will house the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency and will also provide vehicle and emergency apparatus parking garages. A stormwater management system will also be constructed on site. The water collected from the system will then be used for live fire training exercises.

“The goal right now is to have the access road project, which is the widening of the road to the Emergency Operations Center completed by the end of this year and then the burn building and police training facility completed by the end of 2019,” said Commissioner Nothstein.

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Senator Yudichak Celebrates the Grand Opening of the Hanover Township Fire Headquarters

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, January 20, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) joined state, local, and federal officials at the grand opening of the $3 million Hanover Township Fire Headquarters today.

“Today’s opening of the new fire headquarters represents municipal cooperation at its finest,” said State Senator John Yudichak. “The Hanover Township Fire Department, led by Chief Temarantz, and the Hanover Township Board of Commissioners have always had a shared vision to think regionally and deliver quality local services,” added Senator John Yudichak.

Hanover Township is considered a single fire district with five stations. In 2012, the district bought the former Square H Lumber Yard on the Sans Souci Parkway to consolidate stations. With the opening of the new headquarters, stations at Lee Park, Breslau, Hanover Green and Preston will all be incorporated into the new Sans Souci headquarters. The Newport station will remain open.

“As we officially open the fire headquarters today, we not only celebrate the past histories of these stations, but also look to the future — a future that has been made possible because of years of hard work and dedication from many people to see this project through,” said Hanover Township Fire Chief Joe Temarantz.

In 2013, Hanover Township received a $1 million Local Share Account (LSA) grant that was secured with the assistance of Senator Yudichak, Representative Gerald Mullery, and Representative Eddie Day Pashinski for the headquarters. The township also secured a $2 million construction loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cover the remainder of the cost of the building.

“The decision to consolidate these fire stations into one fire headquarters was in the best interest for our township and area residents. The new facility not only allows the Hanover Township Fire Department to respond to calls in a more efficient manner, but it also provides state of the art facilities for our brave men and women who are answering those calls,” said Russell P. Davis, Chairman of the Hanover Township Board of Commissioners.

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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.