Ice Pond Dam project awarded $60,000 grant

NANTICOKE, Feb. 15 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery said Rice Township was awarded a $60,000 state grant to help bring the Ice Pond Dam into compliance with environmental standards.

“It’s always nice when I’m able to help municipal officials secure financial assistance from state agencies, especially for worthwhile projects like this one in Rice Township,” said Mullery, D-Luzerne.

Mullery said the funding was provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

“The project on the dam has spanned two years and most recently had to deal with the Northern Cricket Frog, adding about $60,000 to the overall cost. These funds will allow us to complete the project without endangering the frogs and without breaking the backs of our taxpayers,” said Rice Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Pipich, who thanked Mullery for his efforts to make the grant happen. “Representative Mullery is a great friend to the township and our residents, and I know that he worked behind the scenes tirelessly to get these funds for this project.”

Construction remains targeted to start around March 1, weather permitting.