Nearly $700,000 in state funding awarded to local projects

State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, said $666,400 in state funding has been awarded to help fund nine local projects ranging from improving the safety of police officers, to addressing municipal issues, to opening up new options for public recreation. 

“These projects are a great example of how state and local government can work together with community leaders to help make our area an even better place to live, work and raise a family,” Kavulich said. “We worked with area officials and the administration to make sure these very worthy projects got the support they deserve. We can’t wait to see the results.”

The recent awards and recipients are:

  • $93,300 – Clarks Summit Borough Police Department to replace two decade-old police vehicles.
  • $110,000 – Dickson City Borough to fund a drainage project at Mister Mulch to prevent flooding;
  • $150,000 – Fell Township to Dimes from Heaven to renovate an old school building for a community center;
  • $50,000 – Jermyn Borough to pave the parking lot and improve handicapped access at the Municipal Building, and build a new garage for the Public Works Department ;
  • $40,000 – Old Forge Borough Police Department to upgrade safety and response equipment for officers;
  • $77,100 – Old Forge Borough Lions Little League to install new field lights at the Miles Street Sports Complex;
  • $30,000 – Taylor Borough Splash Park to help construct the water park;
  • $25,000 – Vandling Borough to purchase a tractor for maintenance projects; and
  • $91,000 – Waverly Borough Community House to replace a parking lot.

These projects were all funded via grants applied for by the local community agencies and disbursed via the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development focused on fostering economic growth.