Mullery: Nearly $3.5 million in state funding awarded to local projects

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today announced that several projects in his legislative district were approved for nearly $3.5 million in grants by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. 

"Today’s investments approved by the CFA will prove to be beneficial to Luzerne County," Mullery said. "The scope of the projects is vast, but they help to enhance the quality of life for our residents and visitors." 

The grants approved in Mullery's district are:    

•    $40,073 for improvements to the Newport Township Community Park walking trail;
•    $75,000 for improvements at Plymouth's John Mergo Community Park;
•    $1 million for the extension of Hazle Township boulevard;
•    $673,000 for the acquisition and demolition of properties in Nanticoke City's downtown corridor;
•    $85,000 for upgrades of the Askam Borehole Mine Drainage Treatment System;
•    $505,000 for the Lower South Valley COG to purchase road restoration and construction equipment;
•    $241,351 to excavate and resurface borough streets in Plymouth;
•    $500,000 to construct a new municipal complex in Freeland;
•    $200,000 to excavate and resurface township roads in Rice Township;
•    $184,000 to complete renovations of the White Haven municipal building;
•    $250,000 to construct a pole barn in Newport Township to store township and COG equipment; and
•    $35,000 for improvements at the West Hazleton Little League complex.

The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking.