Mullery announces over $3.5M in state funding for several local improvement projects

NANTICOKE, July 20 –  State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today announced $3,531,383 in grant money has been awarded to several critical community and economic development projects within the 119th Legislative District. The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through the Luzerne County Local Share Account program.

“The past year and a half has created numerous challenges for our school districts and our communities to overcome, and this crucial funding will allow our municipalities and local organizations to undertake important projects that will revitalize and strengthen the local economy and improve the health and safety of those who live and visit our great area,” Mullery said.

Mullery said the grants include:

2019 LSA Grants:

  • Plymouth Borough - $366,666 to repair stormwater infrastructure and install streetscape and pedestrian safety improvements on Main Street.
  • Nuangola Borough - $115,753 to improve approximately 0.5 miles of roadway along Nuangola Avenue.
  • Rice Township - $200,000 to repair 15 municipal roadways.
  • Wright Township - $182,412 to resurface deteriorating roads and improve stormwater drainage problems in Maplewood development.
  • Dennison Township - $64,500 to renovate two restrooms in the municipal building to make them ADA compliant.
  • Newport Township - $250,000 for the acquisition and demolition of blighted properties throughout the township currently held by the County Repository or under private ownership.
  • Newport Township - $72,830 to purchase a dump truck with snowplow attachments.
  • Newport Township - $80,000 to purchase a new police-rated Ford F-150 truck equipped with a law enforcement package, including communication tools, illumination, and a license plate reader to allow for patrolling of wooded areas.

2020 LSA Grants:

  • Nanticoke City - $650,000 for the Greater Nanticoke Area School District to construct a turf field and artificial track for use by GNASD and Luzerne County Community College.
  • Nanticoke City - $500,000 for the demolition of the former Ellis building.
  • Hanover Township - $15,371 to purchase a screener for the Leaf and Yard Waste Compost Facility located in Newport Township, Luzerne County, and serving Earth Conservancy and the member municipalities of the Lower South Valley Council of Governments.
  • Nuangola Borough - $126,000 to improve approximately 0.5 miles of roadway along Nuangola Avenue.
  • Rice Township - $360,172 to repair 15 municipal roadways.
  • Wright Township - $200,000 to remediate deteriorated roadway infrastructure in the Deerfield development.
  • Slocum Township - $125,000 for renovations and upgrades to the municipal park on Schmid Road in Wapwallopen.
  • Sugar Notch Borough - $112,186 to purchase two vehicles to support the Police Department and Road/Building & Grounds departments.
  • Warrior Run Borough - $110,493 for the purchase of replacement skid steer and excavator machines.

The Local Share Account includes funds from casinos located in host or contiguous counties and are distributed by the Department of Community and Economic Development within Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration. The grants are designed to fund economic development, job training, community improvement and public interest projects.