HAWLEY – Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20th) and Rep. Mike Peifer (R-139th), announced that Hawley Borough will receive funds from the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. Hawley Area Authority also received funds from the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program.
“Recreation is always high on the list of things that contribute to the quality of life in a community,” said Baker. “Baseball remains a popular pastime for kids. They enjoy the competition and learn lessons about sportsmanship. An improved field will enhance the experience for players and fans.”
Hawley Borough will receive $70,000 to rehabilitate the Bingham Park baseball field located in the borough. This borough will install artificial turf, drainage, base materials, new dugouts and fixed amenities including bleachers, team bench, fencing and storage shed. Upon completion, these upgrades will expand recreational opportunities for children and families in the borough and surrounding communities. The total cost of this project is $279,767.
“I am happy to announce that we successfully secured funding for these entities,” said Peifer. “These funds will be put to good use as this borough and authority make necessary improvements and repairs that will benefit the areas they serve.”
Hawley Area Authority will receive $215,347 to aid in installing four emergency generators at pump stations located in Hawley Borough and Palmyra Township. With these new generators, the Hawley Area Authority’s pump stations (Main Avenue, Welwood Avenue, Hudson Street and Columbus Avenue) can continue performing operations during power outages. The total cost of this project is $253,350.
“We really need these generators. We lose power so much, and with hundreds of sewer customers using the system, to have them go offline for any extended period like what happened during the March storms, it creates a public health emergency,” said Kevin Hawk, mayor of Hawley. “And for a small system to be able to receive this amount of money to cover the majority of the costs of purchasing and installing this equipment is very welcome, and we thank the efforts of Sen. Baker and Rep. Peifer, who recognize the situation and advocated for this funding.”
The Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program offers grants for projects which involve development, rehabilitation and improvements to public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails and river conservation.
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.
Andrew M. Seder