Freeman welcomes $661,700 in state grants

HARRISBURG, May 21 – State Rep. Robert Freeman said the Commonwealth Financing Authority today approved $661,700 in grants for projects throughout Northampton County.

“This latest round of grants will play an important role in local economic development, recreational improvements and municipal and emergency service upgrades,” said Freeman, D-Northampton. “I am grateful to the CFA board for recognizing how important these projects are for the communities I represent.”

Freeman said the funding was acquired through the Local Share Account, which receives tax proceeds from Pennsylvania’s casinos.

The city of Easton was awarded $176,000 on behalf of the Stewart Silk Mill Redevelopment Co. to purchase medical exam equipment to outfit The Mill at Easton; and the city will use a separate $10,000 grant to construct a new weather shade over the Scott Park Amphitheater.

The Easton Redevelopment Authority will use its $25,000 grant for the creation of a 5,000-square-foot dog park in the northernmost portion of Scott Park near the Northampton Street bridge in Easton.

Freemansburg will receive $185,000 to build a seating area for its outdoor amphitheater located in Gerald C. Yob Community Park.

Hellertown was awarded two grants totaling $160,501, on behalf of Dewey Fire Co. #1, for stormwater improvements to the fire company property.

Lower Saucon Township will use its $99,199 grant for improvements to the Southeastern Park playground.

Palmer Township was awarded $75,000 on behalf of Suburban EMS, to purchase a new ambulance for use in the 14-municipality coverage area in Northampton County.

West Easton will use its $50,000 grant to purchase two public works vehicles, replacing the borough’s existing 23-year-old vehicles.

Wilson will use its $25,000 grant to help purchase a new bucket truck with lift to replace the 1998 truck used by the Public Works Department.