HARRISBURG, January 23, 2018 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced nearly $3 million dollars in state grants for important community and economic development projects throughout the 22nd Senatorial District.

The funding was approved earlier today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) and includes over $2.5 million in grants to projects in Lackawanna County from the state’s Local Share Account (LSA) program.

“These important and competitive state investments announced today touch every corner and community in our district to improve public safety, enhance recreation and support economic growth.” Blake said. “I applaud all of the local municipalities and nonprofit organizations for their work in attaining this funding and I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to ensure that state investments continue to positively impact the quality of life in our communities and throughout our district.”

The grants approved today were through the Monroe County Local Share Account program. Blake noted that these LSA funds may be used for eligible and fundable projects in Monroe County and its contiguous counties, which include Carbon, Lackawanna, Northampton, Pike and Wayne.

In Lackawanna County, the following projects received grant funding through the Monroe Local Share Account:

  • Roaring Brook Township will receive $350,000 to complete paving of 2.6 miles along Gardner Road. This is a multi-municipal project affecting Elmhurst Twp. and Moscow Borough as well.
  • The Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company will receive $250,000 to complete renovations and upgrades on the Scranton Enterprise Center on Lackawanna Ave. in Scranton.
  • Thornhurst Township will receive $225,000 to restore a vacant, historic building into a community center and to pave the adjacent parking lot.
  • Archbald Borough will receive $160,000 to complete Phase II of the Peggy Drive reconstruction project.
  • Jermyn Borough will receive $140,000 for sewer replacement and roadway construction to complete Phase I of the Woodlands Development Project.
  • Clifton Township will receive $120,000 to remove and repave the township’s existing municipal building parking lot.
  • The United Neighborhood Community Development Corporation will receive $120,000 for renovations to the South Side Bank Building to create a space for the South Scranton Women’s Business Incubator.
  • The Dunmore Little League will receive $100,000 to make renovations to the Little League field and purchase equipment.
  • Goodwill Industries of Northeastern Pennsylvania will receive $100,000 for the purchase of new vans and a handicapped accessible van to sustain their community based transportation services.
  • Ransom Township will receive $90,000 for the purchase and installation of a salt shed.
  • Jermyn Borough will receive $81,296 for the purchase of a new dump truck with a plow and spreader.
  • Fell Township will receive $75,000 to begin Phase I renovations to Jefferson Street Park.
  • Taylor Borough will receive $74,499 for the purchase of a police vehicle and related computer equipment.
  • The Lackawanna County Land Bank will receive $65,000 for their Blight to Bright Project
  • Mayfield Borough will receive two grants, one totaling $64,134 for the purchase of a new dump truck and another for $45,000 to purchase a police SUV.
  • Heritage Valley Partners will receive $60,000 to make improvements to the connector trail from the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail to downtown Scranton.
  • The City of Scranton will receive $55,000 for the purchase of 75 tasers that will replace equipment that will be expiring within the next twelve months.
  • The Jessup American Legion Post #411 will receive $48,729 for repairs.
  • The Ambrose Revels American Legion #328 will receive $39,000 for repairs.
  • American Legion #327 in Olyphant will receive $36,225 to make plumbing repairs.
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania will receive $30,000 toward exterior renovations.
  • Throop Borough will receive $30,000 for the Pearl Street Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project.
  • The Valley View Cougar Kickoff Club will receive $28,295 for locker room renovations.
  • The Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeast Pennsylvania will receive $25,000 to complete Phase II of the therapy center renovations.
  • The City of Scranton will receive $25,000 for the preparation of a pollution reduction plan.
  • Tripp Park Miss-E League field will receive $24,000 to make renovations to the field and purchase equipment.
  • The Electric City Trolley Museum will receive $20,000 to restore an original 1929 Scranton Transit trolley car.
  • The Friends of Connors Park Association will receive $14,200 for the purchase of a storage shed and equipment to help maintain Connors Park in South Scranton.
  • The Scranton Educational Improvement Organization Education Awareness Center will receive $10,000
  • The United Community Outreach Food Pantry will receive $10,000 toward their fire suppression system project.
  • Olyphant Borough will receive $10,000 toward their downtown revitalization project.
  • Clarks Summit Fire Company #1 will receive $9,451 to modify a pick-up truck into an emergency response vehicle.
  • Shalom Scranton will receive $5,000 for renovations to the James B. McNulty Greenhouse and the Cleland Building in the City of Scranton.

Four projects located in the Monroe County portion of Blake’s 22nd Senatorial District also received LSA grant funding. Those projects include:

  • The Barrett Volunteer Fire Company will receive $148,954 to make renovations to the firehouse.
  • The Pocono Mountain Regional EMS will receive $80,831 for the purchase of four new powered life assist stretchers.
  • Feeding Families Ministry will receive $55,574 for the purchase of two new vehicles that will allow for the expansion of their existing services and outreach programs.
  • The Pocono Mountains Industrial Park Authority will receive $33,810 to make upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant system.

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