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First Land Bank Property Deed Conveyance Presented

Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley presented the deed to a side lot property on 211 N. Cameron Avenue in Scranton to Greg and Joan Popil. This was the first deed conveyance on one of the parcels that the County’s Land Bank recently acquired from the City of Scranton. Back on the tax rolls, this site will generate over $400 in taxes. Scranton Mayor William Courtright and representatives from the State, County, City, Scranton School Board, Land Bank Board and housing organizations participated in the ceremony.

Land Bank Sign Placement Ceremony

Lackawanna County, City of Scranton, and Scranton School District officials gathered recently to place the first County Land Bank “property available” sign on a parcel at 924 Madison Avenue, Scranton. This location was one of the 100 properties the Land Bank acquired from the City of Scranton. The Land Bank was created by the County as an economic development tool for reducing blight, securing property for future development, and getting parcels of land and/or buildings back on the tax rolls.

L-r, Atty. Joseph Colbassani, Land Bank counsel; Ronald Koldjeski, Deputy Director for the County’s Tax Claim Bureau; Marion Gatto, Greater Scranton Board of Realtors and Land Bank Board Member; Robert Sheridan, President of the Scranton School Board; Ralph Pappas, the County’s Economic Development Office; Linda Aebli, Executive Director of Scranton’s OECD Office and Land Bank Board Member; Joseph Wechsler, President of Scranton City Council; Scranton Mayor William Courtright, George Kelley the County’s Economic Development Director; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley; Henry Deeke, Jr., Real Estate Executive and Land Bank Board Member; Terrence McDonnell, Dunmore Zoning Board and Land Bank Board Member; and Larry West, Regional Director for Sen. John Blake’s office.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Announce Funding For Sixteen Community Re-Invest Projects

Sixteen new projects, focusing on sports, science, seniors, law enforcement and outdoor improvements to mention a cross section, were approved for funding by the Lackawanna County Commissioners through their Community Re-Invest Program totaling $168,400.

The Community Re-Invest Program was established in July of 2013. It represents the “last mile” funding to help bring the initiatives to fruition. The overall public-private investment to date is $3,521,434.

“Community Re-Invest continues to be an impact program. In the nearly five years of the program’s existence, it has significantly reshaped the landscape of our area,” said Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley. “It is vital to give back because these ventures trigger additional growth in Lackawanna County.”

“This program continues to enhance the overall appearance of our cities and townships, while also creating a variety of economic, recreation and business opportunities,” explained Commissioner Jerry Notarianni.

“Our Community Re-Invest Program is a true partnership with our communities and various civic groups. It is making a big difference for a lot of entities. I am proud to play a role in creating new opportunities up and down the valley,” noted Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

“These projects represent the Commissioners’ commitment to communities, neighborhoods and quality of life. In addition, this program supports our economic development initiatives,” explained George Kelly, the County’s Director of Economic Development.

The projects that were approved during this round of funding include:

 

Applicant: Scott Township Hose Company

Project Description: Installation and programming of a double-sided community-message sign.

Total Project Cost: $25,311

Amount from CRP Program: $10,000

 

Applicant: Green Ridge American Legion Post 908

Project Description: Installation of an air conditioning system to make the building more marketable to host community events.

Total Project Cost: $15,000

Amount from CRP Program: $7,500

 

Applicant: The ARC of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Project Description: Renovation to the kitchen facility that provides services for the adult day-care center.

Total Project Cost: $30,000

Amount from CRP Program: $10,000

 

Applicant: Blakely Borough

Project Description: Purchase and installation of a pavilion at the borough’s new park complex on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Total Project Cost: $63,791

Amount from CRP Program: $10,000

 

Applicant: West Scranton Junior Wrestling Club

Project Description: Purchase of new wrestling mat and equipment.

Total Project Cost: $10,000

Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

Applicant: Mayfield Borough

Project Description: Renovation and expansion of the green house at the NEET Center (former Vo-Tech School) as part of the Northeast Regional Bioscience Initiative.

Total Project Cost: $85,000

Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

Applicant: Women’s Resource Center

Project Description: Continued renovation of the carriage house and main facility.

Total Project Cost: $419,773

Amount from CRP Program: $15,000

 

Applicant: Scranton Primary Health Care Center

Project Description: Development of a satellite office and care center on Alder Street in South Scranton.

Total Project Cost: $40,000

Amount from CRP Program: $10,000

 

Applicant: Whitmore Hose Company (Mayfield)

Project Description: Renovate existing garage, which includes new electrical work and the construction of a training/meeting room.

Total Project Cost: $28,546

Amount from CRP Program: $20,000

 

Applicant: Lackawanna County Police Chiefs’ Association (County-wide)

Project Description: Purchase of bullet resistive tactical vests for local police SWAT teams.

Total Project Cost: $45,000

Amount from CRP Program: $15,000

 

Applicant: North Scranton Little League

Project Description: This is Phase 2 of the revitalization project. This segment includes the installation of playground equipment and fence, new fencing for the farm league field, and the construction of a dog park.

Total Project Cost: $44,000

Amount from CRP Program: $20,000

 

Applicant: Central City Little League

Project Description: Operational expenses including purchase of new equipment, field dirt, general maintenance, field repairs, and bathroom repairs.

Total Project Cost: $8,633

Amount from CRP Program: $8,000

 

Applicant: Mayfield Hose Company

Project Description: Upgrade the station’s bathroom for ADA compliance.

Total Project Cost: $10,000

Amount from CRP Program: $8,000

 

Applicant: Minooka American Legion Post 568

Project Description: Community hall renovations that include a new roof, sub floor, tile replacement, ceiling tile replacement, rewiring, cost efficient lighting, and painting.

Total Project Cost: $36,190

Amount from CRP Program: $10,000

 

Applicant: Carbondale YMCA

Project Description: Create a heart screening program and purchase a new Stair Master and Jacob’s Ladder.

Total Project Cost: $67,200

Amount from CRP Program: $7,300

 

Applicant: Carbondale Miss-C Softball Association (Fell Township)

Project Description: Purchase storage shed and initiate field improvements.

Total Project Cost: $7,600

Amount from CRP Program: $7,600

Projects will continue to be reviewed and funded throughout 2017. Boroughs, municipalities, townships and nonprofit entities are encouraged to submit applications for projects that are “ready to start” so that the Community Re-Invest Program can help to successfully complete them.