Mullery announces $807,771 for Luzerne County projects

Mullery announces $807,771 for Luzerne County projects

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, said $807,771 in grants today were awarded for several projects in the portion of Luzerne County that he represents.

“These dollars help us make needed improvements in our parks, trails, water supplies and sanitary systems,” Mullery said.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the grants, through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation program and the PA Small Water and Sewer Program.

“It’s been a pleasure working with Representative Mullery,” said Rice Township Supervisor Robert Pipech after learning his township was one of four to receive a grant award. “He has helped Rice Township tremendously.”

Charlotte Carter, a board member of the White Haven Area Community Library, echoed Pipech’s excitement over the grant news, as White Haven Borough in conjunction with the White Haven Community Library is working on a downtown recreational project, and was awarded $125,000 from the CFA. 

"I would like to thank Representative Mullery for helping to secure this funding,” Carter said. “This project will provide a wonderful recreational addition to downtown White Haven and be an added asset to all the bikers and hikers who access the D&L trail, which is located nearby."

The four grants and their associated projects include:

  • Plymouth Township: $325,000 for sanitary swear improvements on a segment of Driscoll and Bradley Streets as well as a section of Jersey Road.

  • Foster Township: $325,000 to extend a sewer line along Route 940 (Foster Avenue), serving eight existing property owners and six vacant properties over a 12-acre radius.

  • White Haven: $125,600 to develop a new park that will provide safe pedestrian access between the community, library and the Delaware and Lehigh Trail. The project will also add native plantings, rain gardens, a stormwater drainage system, installation of ADA compliant walkways from Towanda Street to the library, walkway lighting and protective fencing along the active rail line.

  • Rice Township: $32,171 to assist with park construction. 

The CFA is an independent state agency that evaluates and administers funding for projects.

Mullery thanked the CFA board for recognizing the value of the projects.