Nanticoke, July 1, 2016 − State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today announced that thirty-nine Luzerne County projects in the 14th Senatorial District will receive more than $7 million in state funding through the Luzerne County Local Share Account (LSA).
“Critical investments in our regional economy and the core infrastructure of our local communities leverage private investments and create jobs.” said Senator Yudichak. “With this funding, we are upgrading infrastructure, enhancing public safety, and revitalizing our downtowns. Ultimately, this funding fosters partnerships and ensures continued progress and development.”
Senator Yudichak worked to secure the funding for local communities with area state representatives Mike Carroll, Aaron Kaufer, Gerald Mullery, Eddie Day Pashinski, and Tarah Toohil.
The Luzerne County Local Share Account, created by the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act of 2004, generates $12 million for Luzerne County municipalities annually to fund projects.
The following Luzerne County projects in the 14th Senatorial District were approved:
- Wilkes-Barre will receive $249,465 for the Children’s Service Center to help with the construction of a new outpatient clinic. Project is expected to create 30 full-time jobs.
- Wilkes-Barre will receive $50,000 for the Wyoming Valley Art League for improvements and renovations to their building.
- Wilkes-Barre will receive $181,250 for the Greater Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA to renovate the YMCA, the rooftop playground and pool and the upgrade of equipment in the wellness center.
- Wilkes-Barre will receive $50,000 for the Child Development Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Inc., to replace the roof at its child care center at 161 East Market Street.
- Wilkes-Barre will receive $200,000 for the upgrade and renovation of Public Square.
- Wilkes-Barre will receive $300,000 for a new HVAC heating and cooling system at the Osterhout Library, headquarters for the Luzerne County Library System.
- Hanover Township will receive $400,000 for Medico Industries, Inc., for assistance with the second phase of a company upgrade and the creation of a new press line. The project is expected create 10 full time jobs.
- Hanover Township will receive $278,351 for the rehabilitation of the Solomon Creek Interceptor. The 100 year old sewer line runs through Ashley Borough, Hanover and Wilkes-Barre Townships.
- Edwardsville will receive $95,000 for a beautification project on Hillside Avenue and Main Street.
- Ashley will receive $148,750 for the purchase of a new garbage packer.
- Jenkins Township will receive $80,000 for the second year of operating costs for the continuing effort and formation of the Northeast Regional Police Department.
- Jenkins Township will receive $30,000 for the North East Pennsylvania Land Bank Authority to assist with start-up costs for the authority and the acquisition and demolition of blighted properties within the Land Bank’s participating municipalities.
- Plains Township will receive $200,000 for the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority to help rehabilitate the Plains Interceptor sewage line located in the City of Wilkes-Barre. The line serves Plains, Bear Creek, and Jenkins Townships.
- Luzerne will receive $60,000 for parking improvements in the borough’s downtown business district. The project will include acquisition and demolition of an existing home at 154 Main Street, construction of new handicapped accessible sidewalks, and paving of a parking area
- Exeter and West Pittston will receive $500,000 for improvements to the existing storm water and sewer system along Wyoming Avenue in both communities.
- Nanticoke will receive $505,000 for the Lower South Valley Council of Governments (LSVCOG) for the purchase of public works machinery and equipment to be shared cooperatively by the members.
- Laurel Run will receive $50,000 for the purchase of a utility truck equipped with a snow plow and salt spreader.
- Newport Township will receive $250,000 for the construction of a pole barn to store equipment for the township and the Lower South Valley Council of Governments.
- West Wyoming will receive $75,000 for The West Side Council of Governments for the purchase of specialized public safety and public works equipment, police ticket E-file software, printers for police vehicle computers and an Emergency Management Command Center vehicle.
- Plymouth will receive $241,351 for the excavation and resurfacing of 12 borough streets to include repairing manholes and storm basins.
- Swoyersville will receive $230,000 for renovations to the Roosevelt Field complex.
- Pittston will receive $200,000 for the Neighborhood Housing Initiative.
- West Pittston will receive $55,000 to help remodel the 40 year old municipal building.
- Laflin will receive $125,000 to repair the deterioration of five roadways within the borough.
- Hughestown will receive $100,000 for the purchase of new public works equipment.
- Yatesville in cooperation with the Pittston Area School District will receive $104,000 for the purchase of maintenance equipment.
- Jenkins Township will receive $325,000 for renovations to the municipal building and the parking lot and the purchase of equipment.
- Hazle Township will receive $458,408 for SHINE of Luzerne County at Wilkes University to help operate the Schools and Homes in Education program for a second year in targeted areas of the county.
- Hazleton will receive $74,500 for the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts, for renovations and upgrades to the J. J. Ferrara Center.
- Hazleton will receive $75,000 to help complete the second phase of roof repairs on the city’s municipal garage.
- Hazleton will receive $174,460 for The Hazleton Area Boxing Club to purchase and renovate a building for the relocation of the boxing club.
- Hazleton will receive $100,000 to help with the purchase of multiple emergency response vehicles.
- Hazleton will receive $200,000 to replace 1,000 street lights with new LED luminaries to reduce crime and energy costs.
- Hazleton will receive $113,000 for building upgrades at three city-owned fire stations.
- Hazleton will receive $170,000 for a Comprehensive Community Crime Prevention Initiative.
- Freeland Borough will receive $500,000 to help with the construction of a new municipal complex.
- Fairview Township will receive $50,000 for the purchase of public works equipment.
- White Haven will receive $184,000 for continuing renovations to the borough building.
- West Hazleton will receive $35,000 for the West Hazleton Little League to help make improvements to their fields.