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

Twenty-three projects, focusing on sports, education, youth, public safety, veterans, and outdoor improvements to mention a cross section, were approved for funding by the Lackawanna County Commissioners through their Community Re-Invest Program totaling $112,450.  The public-private partnership investment for 2018 is $1,113,516.

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 $5,693,350.

“These projects represent our continued commitment to our residents, neighborhoods, and economic growth.  It continues to enhance the overall expansion of our communities and generates valuable revenue for contractors and local businesses who supply labor and materials.  Community Re-Invest has been a vital tool for getting projects ‘over the finish line’,” explained Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

“Community Re-Invest is a vital element in our economic development strategy.  Since it was initiated, it has helped to reshape our area,” said Commissioner Jerry Notarianni.

“The program affords us an opportunity to give back and trigger new growth in Lackawanna County.  I am proud to play a role in supporting worthwhile projects up and down our valley,” noted Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

“I want to commend the Commissioners for their support of these highly visible projects,” noted George Kelly, the County’s Director of Economic Development.  “The initiatives have improved the quality of life of all of our communities.  Committing funding for Community Re-Invest in 2019 signals their continued pledge for further growth and expansion in Lackawanna County.”

 

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

 

Applicant: HOLY ROSARY CENTER

        Project Description: Replace bleachers at the center’s gymnasium.

        Total Project Cost: $27,000                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

Applicant: AMERICAN LEGION POST 568 (MINOOKA)

        Project Description: Community hall upgrades, including lighting and drop ceiling replacement.

        Total Project Cost: $5,000                          

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

Applicant: DICKSON CITY BOROUGH

        Project Description: Replacement of Civic Center’s gym divider curtain.

        Total Project Cost: $12,190                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

Applicant: E. B. JERMYN LODGE/FOP

        Project Description: Kitchen renovations include new electrical wiring, light fixtures, ceiling, and floor along with replacing the garage door with a wall.

        Total Project Cost: $8,750                          

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000 

 

Applicant: EUREKA HOSE CO. #4 (OLYPHANT)

        Project Description: Repair of concrete floor cracks and reconstruction of floor drains for the area housing the fire apparatus.

        Total Project Cost: $10,000                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

Applicant: GREATER SCRANTON YMCA

        Project Description: Major repairs and upgrades to the facility’s two pools. One pool is over 50 years old and the second is over 20 years old.

        Total Project Cost: $447,780                      

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

Applicant: VETERANS RESOURCE COALITION

        Project Description: Funding to sponsor a “Leashes for Love” activity (handmade custom leashes for animal shelters fundraising) of which five seats for the event will be held for veterans.

        Total Project Cost: $5,000                          

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

Applicant: OLYPHANT BOROUGH

        Project Description: Erection of a stainless steel Freedom Fighter statue to honor the 21st century soldier with a bench.

        Total Project Cost: $60,000                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000 

 

Applicant: MAYFIELD HOSE CO. #1

        Project Description: This is a request for additional funds for the original CRP grant of $8,000 to complete the project to bring the restrooms to ADA compliance.

        Total Project Cost: $23,000                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

Applicant: QUEEN CITY HOSE CO. #8 (OLYPHANT)

        Project Description: Replacement of fire station’s lighting system.

        Total Project Cost: $5,578                          

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

Applicant: DISCOVERY MI PRESCHOOL

       Project Description: Expansion of facility to add third classroom to meet demand of increasing enrollment.

        Total Project Cost: $173,000

Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

Applicant: BENTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

        Project Description: Purchase a new lawn mower for the little league field and improve the field’s drainage.

        Total Project Cost: $7,500

Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

Applicant: MARINE CORPS LEAGUE

        Project Description: Remove bell tower and repair roof due to rain infiltration.

        Total Project Cost: $5,200

Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

Applicant: OLYPHANT BOROUGH

        Project Description: Purchase and install a new scoreboard at the borough’s softball field on E. Grant Street.

        Total Project Cost: $6,500                          

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

Applicant: CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER

        Project Description: Phase II of renovations to therapy center, including handicap accessibility, plumbing and electrical work.

        Total Project Cost: $232,643                      

        Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

Applicant: MINOOKA ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

        Project Description: Purchase a new lawn mower for the baseball fields. The current one is 22 years old.

        Total Project Cost: $5,000                          

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

Applicant: FELL TOWNSHIP

        Project Description: Construct an outdoor stage resembling a coal breaker, repair the concrete wall, and construct a handicapped accessible entrance on the Froble Street side.

        Total Project Cost: $12,500                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000 

 

Applicant: VICTOR ALFIERI SOCIETY (SCRANTON)

        Project Description: Building façade improvements, including new windows, new awning, lighting, and signage.

        Total Project Cost: $7,000                          

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

Applicant: BLAKELY BOROUGH

        Project Description: Purchase a four-sided, electric post clock for the intersection of Main & Hospital Streets as part of the Main Street revitalization project.

        Total Project Cost: $17,632                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

Applicant: FELITTESE ASSOCIATION (OLD FORGE)

        Project Description: Renovation to the festival grounds, including paving, patching sidewalks, and renovations to the kitchen building.

        Total Project Cost: $17,537                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

Applicant: LACKAWANNA RIVER CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

        Project Description: Phase 2 electrical system replacement at the newly acquired River House (LRCA offices) on N. Main Avenue (formerly The First Christian Church rectory).

        Total Project Cost: $10,206                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $4,950 

 

Applicant: JASON CORAZZI MEMORIAL DOG PARK (ARCHBALD)

        Project Description: Phase 3 construction of a Time Out section, including fencing, gravel, benches, and plants.

        Total Project Cost: $2,500                          

       Amount from CRP Program: $2,500

 

Applicant: WHITMORE HOSE CO. (MAYFIELD)

        Project Description: Roof replacement on the fire station, including new shingles and gutters.

        Total Project Cost: $12,600                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000