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JIM THORPE, July 1, 2016 – State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Doyle Hefley (R – Carbon) today announced that six Carbon County projects will receive $528,000 in state funding through the Monroe County Local Share Account.

“The Commonwealth’s investment in these vital projects will help local communities better protect and serve the residents of Carbon County” said Yudichak.

“I am pleased to see this money returning to Carbon County to supplement projects throughout the district to improve public safety, assist our volunteers and enhance our communities. I’m happy to work together with Sen. Yudichak to secure these funds for several much-needed projects in our area,” said Heffley.

Carbon County will receive $200,000 to help with the construction of the Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training Center. The site will be a two building facility that will provide county first responders with live fire training sites, a drill tower, and classrooms where responders can receive instruction and training. The facility will also bring together all emergency personnel from Carbon County’s 23 municipalities and allow them to train together, which in turn will make them more efficient in any emergency situation.

The Carbon County Council of Governments will receive $100,000 to help with the purchase of an asphalt zipper as well as the purchase and construction of a pole building. The asphalt zipper will allow the CCCOG municipalities to save on paving project costs by enabling them to complete this work in house. The purchase and construction of the pole building will allow not only for the housing of shared equipment like the asphalt zipper, but will also allow for additional efficiencies and economies of scale associated with cooperative purchases and services.

The Borough of Nesquehoning will receive $160,000 for the Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1 building/property renovation project. The project will include excavating the existing embankment on the south side of the property as well as building a retaining wall. This will correct the drainage problem that produces water laying on State Route 209. In addition a 36’ X 60’ garage bay will be added to the existing fire house to adequately store the Hose Company’s equipment and vehicles.

Kidder Township will receive $20,000 to help with the purchase of a 2016 Ford Utility Police Interceptor. Kidder Township is a resort community, which includes the I-476 and I-80 corridor, which deals with numerous vacationers. The addition of this unmarked patrol vehicle will assist patrolmen by allowing them to monitor highways for traffic law offenders and conduct undercover surveillance on the growing drug epidemic in Carbon County.

Lower Towamensing Township will receive $30,000 to help with the purchase of a roadside boom mower. The township is replacing their current mower, which is no longer able to cut overgrown vegetation on its 29.25 miles of roads. The new piece of equipment will be able to reach 24 feet to cut and clear vegetation along guide rails and steep banks.

Beaver Meadows Borough will receive $18,000 to construct a bathroom and storage facility at the Alfred J. Mitcho Playground.