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

Twenty new projects, focusing on sports, science, youth, public safety, social service and outdoor improvements to mention a cross section, were approved for funding by the Lackawanna County Commissioners through their Community Re-Invest Program totaling $195,580.  The public-private partnership investment for 2017 is $1,058,400.

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 since its inception is $4,579,834.

“This program continues to enhance the overall expansion of our communities.  It generates a spin-off effect for other projects for the contractors and local businesses who supply labor and materials for the ventures,” explained Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

“Community Re-Invest is quite possibly the most important program in our economic development tool box.  It has reshaped the landscape of our area,” said Commissioner Jerry Notarianni.   “The program affords us an opportunity to give back and watch how these ventures trigger new growth in Lackawanna County.”

“I am proud to play a role in supporting worthwhile projects up and down our valley.  Community Re-Invest Program has made a big difference for a lot of people, groups and communities,” noted Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

“These projects represent the Commissioners’ continued commitment to our people, neighborhoods, and the economic growth of our area,” explained George Kelly, the County’s Director of Economic Development.

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

Applicant: TRIBORO SOCCER

        Project Description: Purchase and install a 329’ long x 6’ high safety fence to separate the parking lot from the soccer field.

        Total Project Cost: $13,500                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $8,000 

Applicant: WESTON PARK TEENER LEAGUE

        Project Description: Replace netting and fence at a field owned by The City of Scranton.

        Total Project Cost: $25,000                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $20,000 

Applicant: TRIBORO AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL (NOAKES PARK, TAYLOR)

        Project Description: New fencing, batting cage repair, parking lot upgrades, lighting, and landscaping.  The field is owned by Borough of Taylor.

        Total Project Cost: $11,000                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $8,000 

Applicant: GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH SOCIETY OF NEPA (PECKVILLE)

        Project Description: Replace roof and gutters.

        Total Project Cost: $23,500                        

        Amount from CRP Program: $10,000 

Applicant: MOOSIC YOUTH CENTER

        Project Description: Installation of air conditioning. The facility closes in July and August due to the heat and humidity in the building.

        Total Project Cost: $44,500                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $25,000 

Applicant: GOODWILL INDUSTRIES

        Project Description: Purchase of four passenger vans to support transportation services to persons with disabilities so they can participate in pre-employment and employment programs throughout the County.

        Total Project Cost: $140,000                      

       Amount from CRP Program: $10,000 

Applicant: CLARKS SUMMIT BOROUGH

        Project Description: Phase 2 of the Veterans Park improvement project, which includes bollards, light poles, safety lighting and landscaping.

        Total Project Cost: $25,690                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $10,000 

Applicant: TAYLOR BOROUGH

        Project Description: Construction of an 80’ x 40’ concrete splash pad at the Derenick Memorial Park, utilizing state grants. The Community Re-Invest grant would be part of the local match.

        Total Project Cost: $275,500                      

       Amount from CRP Program: $15,000 

Applicant: COLUMBIA HOSE COMPANY (CARBONDALE)

        Project Description: Major repairs to the meeting and social hall building at 83 South Main Street.  The work entails a porch and entranceway repairs, insulting the third floor and attic, and replacing the tile floor on first floor.

        Total Project Cost: $23,000                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $10,000 

Applicant: E.B. Jermyn Lodge 2/Fraternal Order of Police (SCRANTON)

        Project Description: Renovations to four bathrooms at the newly-purchased property at 401 Railroad Avenue for ADA compliance, including flooring, walls, ADA sinks and toilets, new light fixtures, and ADA door.

        Total Project Cost: $12,500                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $10,000 

Applicant: TAYLOR BOROUGH

        Project Description: Upgrades to the Veterans Memorial at 700 S. Main Street, which include four bluestone benches, two bluestone slab walls with insignias engraved, landscaping, new LED lighting and replacement of flags.

        Total Project Cost: $13,700                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000 

Applicant: TAYLOR FIRE AND RESCUE

        Project Description: Remodeling to the apparatus room at the Reynolds Avenue Station, including repair to the concrete floor, painting, lighting, and upgrade to heating system and floor drains.

        Total Project Cost: $12,890                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $8,000 

Applicant: TAYLOR GIRLS SOFTBALL

        Project Description: Purchase a new field tractor to cut the grass, rake the infield and haul dirt and supplies.

        Total Project Cost: $12,000                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $6,000 

Applicant: CLIFTON TOWNSHIP

        Project Description: Construction of an access road entrance per Penn DOT HOP specifications for entrance to the newly acquired Clifton Acres Park land.

        Total Project Cost: $50,000                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $10,000 

Applicant: MEREDITH HOSE COMPANY (CARBONDALE TOWNSHIP)

        Project Description: Construction of a second-floor emergency landing and stairway to bring the building into compliance with local and State building codes.

        Total Project Cost: $6,900                          

       Amount from CRP Program: $6,900 

Applicant: LACKAWANNA HERITAGE VALLEY AUTHORITY (OLIVE STREET TRAILHEAD)

        Project Description: Project is to provide infrastructure needed for the creation of a community pavilion that will serve as a gathering area for wellness programs and serve as an environmental classroom for nearby Scranton High School.

        Total Project Cost: $96,725                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $10,000 

Applicant: AMERICAN LEGION POST 411 (JESSUP)

        Project Description: Project is for renovations to the legion hall and kitchen, including wiring, wall paneling and flooring.

        Total Project Cost: $9,221                          

       Amount from CRP Program: $8,000 

Applicant: DUNMORE ROTARY CLUB – WORLD WAR I MEMORIAL

        Project Description:  A monument, honoring those from Lackawanna County who lost their lives in World War I, will be erected adjacent to the tank at South Blakely and Cherry Streets.

        Total Project Cost: $33,496                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $7,500 

Applicant: EVERHEART MUSEUM (SCRANTON)

        Project Description: Emergency repairs to the HVAC system.

        Total Project Cost: $30,518                        

        Amount from CRP Program: $5,000 

Applicant: BREAD BASKET OF NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA (COVINGTON TOWNSHIP)

        Project Description:  Freezer for food pantry.

        Total Project Cost: $3,180                          

       Amount from CRP Program: $3,180

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.      

 

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.