Pashinski, Yudichak announce multiple CFA grants for 121st Legislative District

WILKES-BARRE, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and state Sen. John Yudichak, D-Luzerne/Carbon, today announced the approval of three Commonwealth Financing Authority grants totaling $723,062 for Fairview Township, Hanover Township and Ashley Borough.

The funds will go toward three separate projects, including:

  • $60,562 to Fairview Township to renovate a basketball court at Memorial Park;

  • $300,000 to Ashley Borough for the Sulfur Run construction project; and

  • $362,500 to Hanover Township for phase 2B of the Solomon Creek Interceptor rehabilitation project.

“These grants will go toward increasing the safety and recreational appeal of communities in our district,” Pashinski said. “I’m truly appreciative to Governor Tom Wolf and his administration for working with me on these grants and seeing the value that this money will bring to our area.”

“The Commonwealth Financing Authority continues to be a great partner with Luzerne County communities looking to invest in community development projects that improve the quality of life in the region and set the stage for future economic growth,” Yudichak said.

Fairview Township’s grant will go toward excavating and removing the old basketball court at Memorial Park. The area will then be graded, leveled and new asphalt will be poured for the two new basketball posts with backboards. The project will also include line painting, fence installation and fixing benches and picnic tables.

Ashley Borough’s grant will go toward flood mitigation of Sulphur Run, a tributary which flows into Solomon Creek. The project will consist of a new alignment of Sulphur Run including 65 feet of riprap, 2,250 feet of concrete box culvert and 347 feet of cast-in-place open channel.

Hanover Township’s grant will go toward rehabilitating 830 linear feet of the Solomon Creek Interceptor located along First Street. The existing interceptor is composed of 100-year-old vitrified clay pipe varying in size from 8 to 39 inches that will be inspected and repaired or replaced depending on the condition of the pipe.

“The CFA has been instrumental in helping us deal with infrastructure and flooding issues in our area,” Pashinski said. “These improvements will help keep people safe, limit flood damage and ensure that the repairs will last long into the future.”

The CFA 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.