Baker, Cabell, Kaufer, Ryncavage Announce More than $3 Million for Community Projects

HARRISBURG – State grants totaling $3,183,890 million were awarded to local projects through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), according to Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) and Reps. Mike Cabell (R-117), Aaron Kaufer (R-120) and Alec Ryncavage (R-119).

“These are significant community priorities that often don’t align with existing operating budgets. Local officials and community leaders frequently bring up these projects during our discussions,” said  Baker. “The local share funds from gaming revenues enable a diverse range of initiatives – such as equipment acquisition, facility renovations, infrastructure expansion and community protection upgrades – to progress more swiftly. These competitive awards acknowledge that these communities are well-managed and that the proposed projects are both practical and essential.”

“I was happy to work to help support funding requests for public safety enhancements and infrastructure projects in our local communities,” said Cabell. “An important part of our job is to bring state funding back home to benefit those we serve, and these grants are another example of doing just that.”  

“I am pleased that these funds were awarded and that we can put them to use to benefit our communities and residents,” said Kaufer. “These grant funds will allow our communities to provide better services, more recreational opportunities, increased safety and quality of life.”

“I am thrilled to announce initiatives that reinvest tax dollars directly into our backyard,” said Ryncavage. “With these grants, we are enhancing public safety, infrastructure and improving the quality of life for our residents. These investments yield significant benefits to our local municipalities.”

The approved projects include:

  • Ashley Borough – $95,000 for Centennial Park improvements.
  • Courtdale Borough – $60,000 for a new police vehicle.
  • Dallas Borough – $75,000 for a new police vehicle.
  • Edwardsville Borough – $75,000 for street repaving.
  • Forty Fort Borough – $150,000 to purchase road maintenance equipment.
  • Forty Fort Borough – $14,561 for updates to the municipal building.
  • Forty Fort Borough – $22,020 to complete the West Side Revitalization project.
  • Hanover Area Fire District – $500,000 for an aerial ladder truck.
  • Harveys Lake Borough – $100,000 for the construction of a salt shed.
  • Kingston Municipality – $75,000 for renovations to the American Legion Post 395.
  • Kingston Municipality – $200,000 for site improvements at the recreation center.
  • Back Mountain Community Partnership – $350,000 to purchase a system for police data management and sharing.
  • Kingston Township – $100,000 for Center Street Park improvements.
  • Lake Township – $75,000 to purchase road maintenance equipment.
  • Luzerne Borough – $100,000 to purchase road maintenance equipment.
  • Lower South Valley Council of Governments – $100,000 to purchase maintenance equipment.
  • Nanticoke City – $37,190 for a feasibility study on the Nanticoke Firehouse project.
  • Newport Township – $125,000 to establish a new community park and playground.
  • Plymouth Borough – $100,000 for a streetscape plan.
  • Plymouth Public Library – $150,000 for the building upgrades.
  • Rice Township – $175,000 for upgrades to the Rice Elementary School.
  • Sugar Notch Borough – $95,119 for the construction of two storage buildings.
  • Swoyersville Borough – $100,000 to purchase and install emergency generators.
  • West Wyoming Borough – $60,000 to purchase road maintenance equipment.
  • Wright Township – $250,000 to purchase maintenance equipment.

The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to administer the commonwealth’s economic stimulus packages.

Jennifer Wilson (Baker)
Andy Briggs (Cabell)
Melissa Fox (Kaufer/Ryncavage)

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