Mullery announces $2.74 million for Luzerne County projects

HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery said $2.74 million in grants were awarded today for several projects in the portion of Luzerne County that he represents.

“The Local Share Account dollars provided through casino gaming proceeds received by the state allow the commonwealth to help municipalities and school districts with projects that otherwise might not be completed or that would probably require a local tax increase,” said Mullery, D-Luzerne.

The 14 LSA grants and their associated projects include:

  • Nanticoke City: $450,000 to acquire and demolish three blighted and/or vacant properties on South Market Street; and $250,000 on behalf of the Greater Nanticoke Area School District to construct a turf field and artificial track;
  • Hazle Township: $625,617 for Phase II of transportation improvements at Humboldt Industrial Park for the intersections of Forest Road/Maplewood Drive and White Birch Road/Maplewood Drive to address existing deficiencies in traffic congestion and to improve safety;
  • Plymouth Borough: $217,208 for Phase II of the Downtown Plymouth Redevelopment, which includes acquisition and demolition of four old unused buildings adjacent to the municipal parking lot for improvements; and $100,000 on behalf of the Wyoming Valley West School District for roof repairs at the high school to eliminate chronic leakage problems above the cafeteria and kitchen;
  • Wright Township: $288,641 for Phase III of the Walden Park paving project to correct storm water drainage problems and pave Brandywyn Drive and Mystic Drive;
  • Rice Township: $286,530 to repair Laurel Drive and Ice Lakes Drive; and $34,000 to purchase a police cruiser;
  • Plymouth Township: $150,000 for the DeHaven Street Pump Station and Force Main project to construct a new sanitary pump station and force main to properly collect and convey sewage from 220 properties currently serviced by wildcat sewers and malfunctioning on-lot sewage disposal systems;
  • Newport Township: $150,000 to address the failing storm water drainage system along Railroad Street;
  • Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority: $70,000 on behalf of the Wyoming Valley Sanitation Authority, to produce a GIS location database to fulfill the mapping requirements for the 2018 Department of Environmental Protection permit cycle;
  • Nuangola Borough: $60,958 to purchase a work truck and attachments;
  • Sugar Notch Borough: $37,986 to purchase a new truck with a snowplow attachment;
  • White Haven Borough: $25,000 on behalf of White Haven Area Community Library Inc. to renovate a former Lehigh Valley Railroad engine repair shop;

The funds were approved during today’s meeting of the Commonwealth Financing Authority.