Mullery announces more than $2 million in grants for legislative district

NANTICOKE, July 8 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery announced more than $2 million in grants that will help local government and organizations in his legislative district with redevelopment, infrastructure and education projects.

The Local Share Account grants were approved at a meeting today of the Commonwealth Financing Authority. LSA funds, which are generated by gaming revenue, are used for economic development, community development and public interest projects.             

“These are certainly worthwhile projects, and I’m pleased the state will provide financial support to help further them,” said Mullery, whose 119th Legislative District covers a large swath of Luzerne County.

Nanticoke received $317,045 to acquire and demolish as many as 26 blighted properties downtown and allow for new development.

“This is a big step toward the future,” said Nanticoke Mayor Rich Wiaterowski.

Hazle Township received $500,000 to repair a quarter-mile section of Community Park Road. Township Supervisor Jim Montone said a portion of the road had washed out because it lacked drainage.

“We have to get this road fixed,” Montone said.

The township eventually plans to finish the road and provide a link between Routes 93 and 309, two major highways in the Hazleton area.

Freeland received $325,000 to advance plans to increase the availability of water to customers of the Freeland Borough Municipal Authority.

“This grant makes the authority’s goal a reality in supplying water to our customers without price increases at this time,” said Jerry Feissner, chairman of the authority. The authority serves 4,000 residents of Freeland Borough and Foster and Butler townships, as well as two significant businesses in Freeland.

Freeland also received an $115,000 grant to demolish two dilapidated buildings downtown.

Also receiving grants are:

  • Foster Township -- $115,000 for roads, shoulders and a stormwater management system in the AgMar Estates residential development.
  • Sugar Notch -- $9,348 for a weatherproof salt shed to store winter materials.
  • White Haven -- $50,000 to renovate the borough building, including roof replacement, accessibility improvements and electrical upgrades.
  • Wright Township -- $136,033 to buy a mower for the Mountaintop Area Council of Governments to clear the sides of 82 miles of roads in Dorrance, Fairview and Wright townships.
  • Schools and Homes in Education of Luzerne County -- $831,454 to run the program for a year in targeted areas of Luzerne County. SHINE is a successful after-school program that has been in use for 10 years in Carbon County.