Mullery announces $450,000 in state funding for area sewer work

State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today announced that a total of $450,000 in state water and sewer funding has been awarded in the district.

“This funding is great news for our area because the water treatment and sewer projects are designed to benefit our region and enhance safety,” Mullery said.

The projects are as follows:

• A $250,000 grant has been awarded to the Newport Township Authority to upgrade three existing pump stations which convey sewerage to the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority for treatment and discharge. All three stations were constructed 35 years ago and are in need of repairs. The upgrade will replace, motor control centers, flow meters, lighting and upgrades to the heating systems in all three pump stations. In addition, two pumps in station one will be replaced.

•  A $200,000 grant is for Nanticoke City to replace the sewer main on West Main Street. The city is planning to replace the sewer main on West Main Street from the intersection of West Main and West Church streets. The sewer main is over 100 years old and has deteriorated beyond repair.

The funding was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development 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.