Lackawanna County Commissioners Announce Funding For Thirteen Community Re-Invest Projects


The tradition continues!!

Thirteen new projects, focusing on youth recreation, skills development, veterans and outdoor improvements, were approved for funding by the Lackawanna County Commissioners through their Community Re-Invest Program totaling $133,500.         

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 total amount of public-private investment in all of these ventures is $1,319,393.   

“I am very proud to continue this community-changing program.  It has had a historical impact on shaping a number of communities in Lackawanna County,” said Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.   “We provided last mile funding for initiatives that catered to youth, the disabled, veterans, historical operations, community centers, and civic groups, and we are continuing along these lines.  It is vital to give back.  I am committed to funding this vital entity as we further reshape the overall landscape of our County.  This program is a tremendous community development incentive and serves to put projects over the finish line.  It will also help to trigger additional growth in our communities.”                

“Once again, we are giving back to the core of Lackawanna County – our neighborhoods.  This program makes good business sense.  We will continue this initiative in 2016 as a means of creating new economic opportunities and fulfilling the dreams of organizations up and down the valley,” explained Commissioner Jerry Notarianni.  

“I have been very impressed with the projects funded by the Community Re-Invest Program.  It has served as a true partnership with for the County, our communities and civic groups.  I want to continue to assist in making a big difference in our area, and I am very proud to play a role in shaping the future,” explained Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.    

“The funding for these projects once again highlights the Commissioners’ commitment to the growth and enhancement of Lackawanna County’s communities, neighborhoods and quality of life.  The funding track record has helped to leverage new development in our cities, boroughs, townships and municipalities,” explained George Kelly, the County’s Director of Economic Development. 

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

Applicant: Friendship House

Project Description: Building and Grounds Improvement Project, including parking lot expansion, office renovations and restroom facilities.

Total Project Cost: $274,628   

       Amount from CRP Program: $12,500

Applicant: VFW Post #4712/Simpson

Project Description: Grant to be used to purchase either a new or used van to transport area veterans to military ceremonies and events, appointments and social events and assist any area organization requiring transportation.

Total Project Cost: $32,013   

       Amount from CRP Program: $15,000

Applicant: Mayfield Borough

Project Description: Renovation to both the rear and front entrances of the Borough Building to meet ADA standards.

Total Project Cost: $20,400    

       Amount from CRP Program: $10,000

       Applicant: Old Forge Lions Little League

Project Description: Phase 2 of the project includes, but not limited to, electrical, general construction and sound system at Old Forge Lions Little League Field.

Total Project Cost: $17,000   

       Amount from CRP Program: $7,000

       Applicant: Northeast Center for Independent Living

Project Description: Renovation of an existing building on Dickson Avenue in Scranton to construct a 7,000 square foot transitional skills center. The new center will facilitate the instruction and teaching of daily life skills to participants with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Total Project Cost: $750,000   

       Amount from CRP Program: $8,500

Applicant: Olyphant Little League

Project Description: Materials purchase and construction of an enclosed batting cage in Condella Park.

Total Project Cost: $9,621.00  

        Amount from CRP Program: $5,500

Applicant: Marvin Dutch Gap Softball Field

Project Description: Field restoration and refreshment stand improvements.

Total Project Cost: $38,000   

       Amount from CRP Program: $15,000

Applicant: Minooka Babe Ruth League

Project Description: Construction of a new field and the purchase of a batting cage and new fencing.

Total Project Cost: $35,000   

       Amount from CRP Program: $7,500

Applicant: Green Ridge Neighborhood Association Friends of Crowley Park

Project Description: Creation of a 26 foot diameter stone Labyrinth, seeding, and planting trees and shrubs at Crowley Park.

Total Project Cost: $43,501   

       Amount from CRP Program: $7,500

       Applicant: Fell Township

Project Description: Energy efficient garage doors to replace deteriorated doors at the Community Building. The Community Building is used as a disaster shelter and command post. It is also used for voting, township activities and the home of the Golden Age Club of Fell Township

Total Project Cost: $15,350   

       Amount from CRP Program: $10,000

       Applicant: United Community Outreach

Project Description: Outdoor lighting project consisting of the construction of concrete footings and the purchase of electrical materials necessary to install lights around the perimeter of the Strawberry Fields softball fields in Peckville.  This area serves as a food distribution site for Lackawanna County residents. Set-up for the food distribution occurs early in the morning and can end late in the evening.

Total Project Cost: $31,400   

       Amount from CRP Program: $18,000

       Applicant: Clarks Summit Borough

Project Description: Construction of a gazebo, landscaping and parking improvements at Clarks Summit/Abington Area Veterans Park. The park serves as a place for the community to congregate take pictures and reflect on the sacrifices of those who served the Clarks Summit community.

Total Project Cost: $35,000    

       Amount from CRP Program: $10,000

Applicant: Christy Mathewson Teener League

Project Description: Work at the Christy Mathewson Teener League field will include improving field drainage with piping and stone, as well as installing new topsoil. Grant money will also be used to repair the fences, bleachers and dugouts.

Total Project Cost: $17,500   

       Amount from CRP Program: $7,000

Projects will continue to be reviewed and funded throughout 2016.  Boroughs, municipalities, townships and nonprofit entities are encouraged to submit applications for projects that are ready to start so that the Community Re-Invest Program can help to successfully complete them.     

(Information from Joseph D’Arienzo)

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