$2.1 million in grants awarded for Luzerne County projects

HARRISBURG, March 26 – More than $2.1 million in state grants today were awarded to fund 13 projects in the area of Luzerne County served by state Rep. Gerald Mullery.

“I would like to thank Senator Lisa Baker and Senator John Yudichak for their help with funding these very important projects in our region,” Mullery said.

A $500,000 grant was awarded to the Earth Conservancy to construct the Loomis Bank Access Road in Hanover Township. The new road will be two lanes with curb and gutter, and tie directly into the second roundabout of the South Valley Parkway. The funds are from the state Multimodal Transportation Fund Program.

Additional grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through the Local Share Account which is funded from casino revenue.

Slocum Township will use its $350,000 grant toward building a new 4,320 square foot fire station with a four-bay garage for the Slocum Township Volunteer Fire Co. that is expected to be completed by July 2021.

West Hazleton will receive $225,000 toward replacing a deteriorated bridge over Black Creek along Jaycee Drive that is vital to Valmont Industrial Park.

A $150,000 grant will allow Rice Township to purchase a new backhoe for street and township maintenance to replace a 1992 backhoe currently in use.

Rice Township Supervisor and Chairman of the Board Bob Pipech said: “I would like to thank both Senator Baker and Representative Mullery for their support on this LSA funding. The backhoe will go a long way toward fixing roads and aiding in many various projects for Rice Township.” 

Plymouth Borough will use its $150,000 grant to purchase vehicles.

Plymouth Borough Secretary Holly Speece said: “Plymouth Borough appreciates the support of Representative Mullery on this very important initiative in updating our police cruisers with all of the newest equipment. This funding takes a burden off the taxpayers and the borough. Representative Mullery has always been a good friend to the borough of Plymouth.”

A $140,000 grant will help Sugar Notch to purchase a building at 892 Main St. that will become the new municipal/police building, replacing its current facility that is over 100 years old. The move is expected to occur by the middle of this year.

Wright Township will use its $140,000 grant to purchase a backhoe/loader to replace its current 12-year-old backhoe/loader that needs expensive repairs.

A separate $100,000 grant to Wright Township will help to purchase and install lights this summer at the Mountaintop Area Little League complex.

A $100,000 grant will allow Dennison Township to conduct drainage and asphalt repairs on roads throughout the township, including repairing the intersection of Walnut Street and 4th Street with inlet boxes, drainage and pavement and curb restoration.

Warrior Run will use its $100,000 grant to purchase two trucks that will replace 1993 vehicles currently in use which are experiencing costly mechanical issues. The new trucks will be used for snow removal, street repairs and maintenance, and landscaping throughout the year.

Nuangola will receive a $63,833 grant to build a new pole barn.

Nuangola Council President Joe Tucker said: “The borough of Nuangola thanks Representative Mullery and Senator Baker for getting the full funding for the borough’s pole barn project. This project will make our garage area less cluttered and protect all borough vehicles and equipment from the weather and elements.”

Larksville will receive a $49,200 grant to purchase a new police cruiser. The new vehicle will be equipped with a license plate scanner allowing officers to verify vehicle registration immediately rather than requesting the information from the individual at a traffic stop.

White Haven Borough will receive $37,116 to buy a new police vehicle.

White Haven Police Chief Tom Szoke said: “I greatly appreciate the hard work of Representative Mullery for fully funding a new police cruiser. This cruiser will be used in White Haven, Penn Lake Borough and Dennison Township. It will be used for emergencies on the D&L trail as well. Representative Mullery has always been very supportive to first responders.”

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