Freeman lauds $350,000 in grants for local projects

HARRISBURG, May 14 – Five local projects today were awarded $350,759 in state grants, according to Rep. Robert Freeman.

“Local governments would be hard pressed to pay for these projects on their own, so it’s great that we were able to secure funding from gaming revenue to help them,” said Freeman, D-Northampton.

The Local Share Account grants approved during today’s meeting of the Commonwealth Financing Authority are funded through taxes on Pennsylvania casino proceeds.

A $116,954 grant will allow Glendon to continue Berger Road stormwater management and road improvements totaling $621,149. This grant builds on the $80,000 Freeman was successful in acquiring previously from the CFA for the project.

The Redevelopment Authority of Easton received $22,400 to help acquire a parcel of land at 916 Pine St. in Easton for eventual redevelopment as passive and active recreation and the expansion of the community garden program. The total project costs $292,000.           

Freeman coordinated with state Sen. Lisa Boscola on additional grants.

“I would like to thank Senator Boscola for working with me and jointly advocating that these important projects receive funding from the CFA,” Freeman said.

Those projects that Freeman and Boscola coordinated on securing funding for include:

West Easton will use a $73,000 grant toward Phase II of its $294,682 public works garage project. The borough will construct a 40-foot-by-60-foot pole building to serve as a garage and storage facility.

Freemansburg was awarded $73,763 to purchase equipment for a security and informational technology improvement project including cameras, computers, an updated IT system, network and software.       

Palmer Township received a $64,642 grant to purchase a quick response vehicle to aid local paramedics.