HARRISBURG, July 1, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced more than $5 million in state grant funding for projects throughout the 22nd Senatorial District.

The funding, approved earlier today at a meeting of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), includes over $3.3 million in grants to Lackawanna County projects in the form Local Share Account funding; CFA Multimodal Transportation Fund grants; and Act 13 funding.

“Each of these grants is a very important state investment into our communities and regional economy that will create jobs, enhance the quality of life and improve public safety,” Blake said. “Through gaming revenues, an impact fee on drilling and our Act 89 reforms, we have been able to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into our communities and make positive, long-term impacts across the Commonwealth.”

Blake said that he worked closely with state Reps. Mike Carroll, Sid Michaels Kavulich and Marty Flynn to maximize funding opportunities for regional municipalities and organizations.

The majority of the grants approved today were through the Monroe County Local Share Account. Blake noted that LSA funds may be used for economic development, community development and public interest projects in Monroe County and its contiguous counties, which include Carbon, Lackawanna, Northampton, Pike and Wayne.

The following Lackawanna County economic development projects received funding through the Monroe County Local Share Account:

  • The Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company (SLIBCO) received $200,000 for renovations to the Scranton Enterprise Center. Currently, the Scranton Enterprise Center has 19 companies with 112 employees; it is anticipated that 10 new companies will occupy the facility and create 100 new, full-time jobs.
  • The Friendship House received $100,000 to complete a number of facility renovations at their Scranton location. The project will result in the creation of 8 permanent, full-time jobs.

The following Lackawanna County community improvement projects received funding through the Monroe County Local Share Account:

  • The City of Scranton received $250,000 to convert the Serrenti Memorial Army Reserve Center into an Emergency Services Center which will be a secondary location for government operations and become a central location for multiple law enforcement operations.
  • Dimes from Heaven Foundation received $150,000 to renovate an existing school building to serve as a community center in Fell Township.
  • The Lackawanna County Land Bank received $160,000 for the creation of a land bank authority and its operating costs.
  • Waverly Township received $91,000 for the replacement of a parking lot at the Waverly Community House.
  • The Co-Operative Farmers Market received $83,140 for renovations to the market in Scranton.
  • Old Forge Lions Little League received $77,100 for the demolition and construction of field lights at the Miles Street Sports Complex.
  • The Lackawanna County Parks Department received $51,590 for the purchase of routine park maintenance equipment.
  • Jermyn Borough received $50,000 to make a number of improvements at the municipal building.
  • Taylor Borough received $30,000 to complete the financing necessary for the construction of a splash park.
  • Dunmore Borough received $28,010 for improvements and repairs to the walking trail around the border of Dunmore School District.

The following Lackawanna County public interest projects received funding through the Monroe County Local Share Account:

  • Spring Brook Township received $412,000 for the construction of a municipal garage adjacent to the current DPW building.
  • Elmhurst Township received $130,000 for the purchase of a 2016 Ford Super Duty F-550 DRW truck, snow plow, salt spreader, and skid steer to maintain township roads.
  • Madison Township received $122,000 to fund new paving and shoulder backup to the existing Howe and Becks Crossing Roads.
  • The city of Scranton received $105,142 to supplement a 2014 LSA award for the purchase of an Aerial Platform Ladder Truck.
  • Clarks Summit Borough received $93,300 for the purchase of two SUV police cruisers to replace two aging police cruisers.
  • Archbald Borough received $45,000 for the purchase of two police vehicles.
  • Old Forge Borough received $40,000 to upgrade the police department’s Taser equipment and to purchase mobile tablets.
  • Vandling Borough received $25,000 for the purchase of a Kioti tractor.

In the Monroe County portion of the 22nd Senatorial District, five projects received a total of $800,000 in LSA grants. The following projects received funding:

  • The Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport Authority received $400,000 for the construction of two new buildings and the demolition of a third at the facility in Coolbaugh Township.
  • Arrowhead Sewer Company received $240,000 to complete a low-pressure sewer rehabilitation project in Coolbaugh Township.
  • The PA Northeast Regional Railroad Authority received $90,000 for the rehabilitation of the railroad trestle located at the Scranton Access Control Point at Tobyhanna Army Depot.
  • Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services received $30,000 to purchase two automated chest compression devices.
  • Price Township received $20,000 for the purchase and installation of an emergency backup generator for the township municipal building.
  • Barrett Township Volunteer Fire Company received $20,000 for the purchase of a utility terrain vehicle, firelite transport and a carry-on trailer.

The lone recipient of LSA funding in the Luzerne County portion of the 22nd Senatorial District was the Casey Dental Institute, which received $150,000 to assist in the construction of a 10,000 square foot addition to the Pittston Township facility that will house a surgery and a special needs dental clinic.

Three Lackawanna County projects received funding through the CFA Multimodal Transportation Fund, which include:

  • Crystal Window & Door Systems received $400,000 to renovate the presently uninhabited Corning plant in Benton Township to create a state-of-the-art window manufacturing and assembly facility. It is estimated that Crystal will create 519 new jobs in Benton Township.
  • Geisinger Clinic received $300,000 to complete Phase I of a streetscape project near Geisinger Community Medical Center in the city of Scranton.
  • Covington Township received $190,000 to pave Sanko Road in the township.

The Multimodal Transportation Fund, through the CFA, provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth.

Lastly, the CFA approved funding for projects under Act 13 that include abandoned mine drainage abatement; abandoned well plugging; sewage treatment; greenways, trails and recreation; baseline water quality data; watershed restoration; and flood control.

The only recipient of Act 13 funding in Lackawanna County was Mister Mulch through the Flood Mitigation Program. Mister Mulch received $110,000 to construct a drainage system at their Dickson City Borough location.

In the Luzerne County portion of the 22nd District, Susquehanna Mining Solutions received $718,921 to through the Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment Program for the continuation of the AMD Treatment Facility Project in Duryea Borough. Also, Dupont Borough received $85,000 for in Flood Mitigation funds to make repairs to the Mill Creek Flood Protection Channel in the borough.

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