HARRISBURG, September 18, 2018 – Sen. John Yudichak (D-14) and Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced that six improvement projects in Carbon County will benefit from nearly $750,000 in state funding approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) in Harrisburg today.

“The CFA continues to be a great partner with Carbon County communities looking to invest in community development projects that improve the quality of life in the region and set the stage for future economic growth,” Yudichak said. “The state investment ensures these important local projects are completed and further demonstrates Pennsylvania’s strong commitment to addressing the municipal infrastructure needs in communities across Carbon County.”

“I am pleased I was able to play a role in obtaining the funding for these worthy projects,” said Heffley. “It’s always good to see state money coming back into our local communities to benefit the quality of life for us all.”

Projects receiving funding through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program include:

  • The Kline Township Municipal Authority, which was awarded a $200,000 grant for the replacement of water mains and the installation of five fire hydrants along West Oak and Chestnut streets in Banks Township. The project will significantly improve water quality and fire suppression service in the Village of Tresckow. The total project cost is $494,471.
  • Nesquehoning, which was awarded a $150,000 grant for the replacement of deteriorated terra cotta sanitary sewer lines with PVC piping on Willow Lane, from Mermon Street to Cherry Lane. The total project cost is $290,181.
  • Jim Thorpe, which was awarded a $100,000 grant to replace the water main along Church Alley. The project includes the replacement of 2,450-feet of water main, 101 service lines, associated valves and two fire hydrants. The upgraded piping will be stronger and installed at a greater depth to prevent breaks during cold weather. The total project cost is $494,655.
  • The Lehighton Water Authority, which was awarded a $125,715 grant for the purchase of a leak detection system to quickly identify sources of water loss. The total project cost is $147,900.
  • The Weissport Municipal Authority, which was awarded a $88,306 grant to update sewer system equipment which is often in need of maintenance, including 70 grinder pumps and 70 ball check valves. The new equipment will reduce pump failures and eliminate overflow. The total project cost is $103,890.

In addition, Beaver Meadows was awarded $85,000 through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program to construct a recreational pavilion across the street from Memorial Park. The structure will include ADA-accessible restrooms, kitchen and storage room. The total project cost is $184,000.

The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program offers grants for small water and sewer infrastructure projects and can be used to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system.

The Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program offers grants for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects. It is supported by the Marcellus Legacy Fund established by Act 13 of 2012.

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