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Sewer, Recreation Projects Get State Funding

September 18, 2018

SCRANTON — A dozen sewer, recreation and levee projects in Lackawanna County, and one in Luzerne County, received a share of $1.8 million in state grants approved Tuesday

Sen. John Blake, D-22, Archbald announced the projects in the 22nd Senatorial District. The funding from programs under the state Department of Community and Economic Development “will allow our local municipalities to complete important sewer projects, enhance recreational opportunities and improve flood protection,” Blake said in a statement.

Nine grants come from the Small Water and Sewer Program for construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system:

- Covington Twp. Sewer Authority: $381,480 to buy screening equipment.

- Roaring Brook Twp. Sewer Authority: $247,282 for system upgrades.

- Clarks Greek: $200,000 to review parts of the sewer system not already evaluated and fix sections needing repairs.

- Vandling: $160,000 to complete the Peterlin Road sewer project.

- Throop: $150,000 for sewer improvements along Pearl Street.

- Blakely: $150,000 for South Pleasant Avenue sewer rehabilitation.

- Avoca: $131,750 to replace sewers on Wood Street, from McAlpine to School streets.

- Dickson City: $88,212 for the Dundaff Street sewer project.

- Waverly Twp: $42,616 for a pump station replacement.

Three projects received grants through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funded through Marcellus shale gas impact fees, and requiring a 15 percent match of a project’s total cost:

- Lackawanna County: $80,534 to complete phase two of the Scranton Veterans Memorial Park that will include construction of a monument bearing the names of nearly 1,000 veterans from Scranton.

- The William Prescott Parent Teacher Association: $75,000 for a new playground and fencing at the elementary school in Scranton.

- Jermyn: $42,466 to complete significant floor rehabilitation at the heavily-used gym at Jermyn Community Center.

Meanwhile, Mayfield received $52,078 through the Flood Mitigation Program to complete debris removal, repair and video inspection of the borough’s levee system.

State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-114, Taylor, also announced the grants for the projects in Jermyn, Mayfield, Dickson City, Vandling and Waverly Twp.

“I am delighted to see critical funding be allocated to important projects here in Lackawanna County,” Kavulich said. “From basketball courts to levee systems and sewer lines, these grants will help our communities to update and fix vital resources needed to maintain our day-to-day lives and overall well-being.”

Contact the writer: jlockwood@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5185; @jlockwoodTT on Twitter

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