Blake Announces Over $1.8 Million in Regional Grant Funding

HARRISBURG, September 18, 2018 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced $1.8 million in state grants for 13 projects throughout the 22nd Senatorial District.

The grant funding was approved earlier today at a meeting of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) and was awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development under the Small Water and Sewer Program; Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program; and the Flood Mitigation Program.

“State investments are critically important to our regional economy, to the continued maintenance of our public infrastructure and to the quality of life for Pennsylvania residents,” Blake said. “The $1.8 million in grants announced today will allow our local municipalities to complete important sewer projects, enhance recreational opportunities and improve flood protection. I applaud our borough and township officials for their work in securing these competitive state investments.”

The largest area grants were awarded through the Small Water and Sewer program which provides grants to municipalities to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system.

The following NEPA projects received funding through the Small Water and Sewer Program:

  • The Covington Township Sewer Authority received $381,480 for the purchase of screening equipment
  • The Roaring Brook Township Sewer Authority received $247,282 to make upgrades to their system.
  • Clarks Green Borough received $200,000 to complete a sanitary sewer line investigation for the portions of their sanitary sewer system that have not already been evaluated and to rehabilitate sections of the sanitary system that require repairs.
  • Vandling Borough received $160,000 to complete the Peterlin Road sewer project.
  • Throop Borough received $150,000 to make sewer improvements along Pearl Street.
  • Blakely Borough received $150,000 for their S. Pleasant Ave. Sanitary Sewer Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project.
  • Avoca Borough received $131,750 to replace the sanitary sewer on Wood Street from McAlpine Street to School Street in the borough
  • Dickson City Borough received $88,212 for their Dundaff Street project.
  • Waverly Township received $42,616 for their pump station #2 replacement project.

Three projects in Lackawanna County received funding through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program.  This program was funded through the Marcellus Legacy Fund established by Act 13 of 2012 and allocates funds for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects. A 15% match of the total project cost is required.

The following Lackawanna County projects received Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant funding:

  • Lackawanna County received $80,534 to complete phase two of the Scranton Veterans Memorial Park that will include the construction of a monument bearing the names of close to 1,000 veterans from Scranton.
  • The William Prescott Parent Teacher Association received $75,000 for the installation of a new playground and fencing at the elementary school in Scranton
  • Jermyn Borough received $42,466 to complete significant rehabilitation of the heavily-used gymnasium floor at the Jermyn Community Center

Lastly, Mayfield Borough received $52,078 through the Flood Mitigation Program to complete debris removal, repair and video inspection of the borough’s flood control levee system.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).  The CFA consists of seven Board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking and Securities. Project approval requires five affirmative votes, four of which must come from legislative appointees.

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Blake: $ 9 Million PENNVEST Loan Approved for Scranton Sewer Project

SCRANTON, July 22, 2015 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today confirmed that the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority Board (PENNVEST) has approved a nearly $9.1 million low-interest loan requested by the Scranton Sewer Authority.

The $9.095 million low-interest loan will fund the construction of a 1.2 million gallon detention basin below the Linden Street Bridge on the eastern side of the Lackawanna River. The project is expected to significantly reduce the combined sewer overflows into the Lackawanna River and bring the combined sewer system into compliance with a 2012 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consent decree.

“I want to commend the Scranton Sewer Authority for their great work in leveraging these state resources for the removal of combined sewer overflow problems. This not only creates jobs in the short term but it protects the Lackawanna River Watershed and the Susquehanna River Watershed going forward,” Blake said. “I commend the Scranton Sewer Authority and the City of Scranton for taking care of this environmental threat.”

Blake noted that combined sewer overflow into the Lackawanna River currently exceeds 650 million gallons per year resulting in public health threats. This project is expected to eliminate all annual combined overflows except from the very largest storms.

Construction on the detention basin is expected to begin in August and finish by December 2016.

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