– Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne/Pike/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) and Reps. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike), Jonathan Fritz (R-Wayne/Susquehanna) and Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne) announced that Wayne and Pike Counties will see $893,750 in Local Share Account (LSA) and Dairy Investment Program grants.
“One of our primary responsibilities is working toward strengthening communities,” said Baker. “State funding for efforts that improve opportunities and quality of life for residents has important impacts. This money enables projects to be completed more quickly and reduces the cost for local taxpayers.”
The LSA-funded projects for the 111th Legislative District are as follows:
Wayne County Commissioners were awarded $76,500
for the Hankins Pond Dam project in order to construct a pedestrian bridge across the structure located in Mt. Pleasant Township, Wayne County.
Mount Pleasant Township was awarded $45,000
to pave the driveway and parking lot of the Mount Pleasant Township municipal building in Wayne County.
Greater Honesdale Partnership was awarded $90,000
to complete a Downtown Honesdale Revitalization Plan to improve Main Street.
“These projects are important to our communities,” said Fritz. “Our downtowns, village centers and historical assets are a fundamental fabric of our civic and social lives.”
The LSA-funded projects for the 139th Legislative District are as follows:
Shohola Township was awarded $50,000
to purchase and install two emergency generators at the municipal building and the township garage.
Pike County was awarded $100,000
to renovate 103 West High Street for the Pike County Children's Advocacy Center.
Westfall Township was awarded $190,625
to construct a 5,000-square-foot, six-bay maintenance garage with a 2,000-square-foot open area and a gravel driveway to provide additional storage for township road maintenance materials and township equipment.
Salem Township was awarded $62,750
for the purchase and installation of solar panels at the fire department building in Salem Township, Wayne County. The production from the new system is proposed to be more than 58,000 kilowatts per year.
Dreher Township was awarded $92,000
to make improvements to the Newfoundland American Legion Post 859 building.
“These state funds are crucial to enable our county and the townships within to further improve their facilities and ensure they are operating at a safe and efficient capacity for all our residents,” said Peifer. “I am happy to see that these local projects will benefit greatly from these grants.”
The LSA-funded projects for the 189th Legislative District are as follows:
Lehman Township was awarded $165,625
to begin and support the site work and utilities for the construction of a 9,494-square-foot building for the Bushkill Outreach and Senior Center located at Lehman Park.
“This is the first phase of the Bushkill Outreach project – a food pantry that does an excellent job caring for our residents when hard times hit,” says Brown. “The center will also act as a senior/community center offering a location for activities and services to bring our community together. I’m very pleased to begin supporting these efforts with grant dollars as well as the many beneficial grants throughout Pike County.”
The CFA-funded project for Wayne County is as follows:
Workforce Wayne lnc. dba Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance was awarded $21,250
to develop a regional branding and pairing program specifically targeting metro area markets.
The total project cost is $25,000. Workforce Wayne, lnc. dba Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance will provide $750 in matching funds, Wayne Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) will provide $1,000 in matching funds. Wayne County will provide $2,000 in matching funds.
Under Act 71 (the Gaming Act), Monroe County and its five contiguous counties of Carbon, Lackawanna, Northampton, Pike and Wayne are eligible for LSA grant funding for projects concerning the public interest, community improvement, economic development and roadway improvement.
The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth.
Representative Rosemary M. Brown
189th Legislative District
Representative Mike Peifer
139th Legislative District
Representative Jonathan Fritz
111th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media contact: Abby Krueger