Commissioners announce funding for Community Re-Invest Projects

Fifteen new projects, focusing on such areas as youth recreation, the environment, public safety, veterans, food preparation, and accessibility, were approved for funding by the Lackawanna County commissioners through their Community Re-Invest Program totaling $188,865.

Since the Community Re-Invest Program was established in July of 2013, the commissioners have approved grants for 86 projects totaling $1,294,475.  In all of the projects, the Community Re-Invest Program has provided the “last mile” funding to help complete the initiatives, which has allowed these valuable community projects to come to fruition.  The total amount of public-private investment in all of these ventures is $6,029,898.             

The funding for these projects once again highlights the commissioners’ commitment to the growth and enhancement of Lackawanna County’s communities and neighborhoods.  The funding helped to leverage new development in our cities, boroughs, townships and municipalities.         

“These projects represent our ongoing commitment to Lackawanna County’s quality of life.  A vital part of our economic development program is to improve our neighborhoods and recreational facilities, which are the core of our community.  These developments represent new progress and growth for our area,” said Commissioner Jim Wansacz.

“Once again, we are giving back.  This round of funding involves opportunities dealing with the environment, youth, accessibility and the projects of civic organizations, all key elements that form the foundation of Lackawanna County,” explained Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

“I am very impressed with the breadth of the projects funded by the Community Re-Invest Program.  It has served as a true partnership with the County, our communities and civic groups,” explained Commissioner Edward G. Staback.   

Among the projects that were approved during this round of funding, those happening in Dunmore include:

Applicant: Dunmore Senior Center
Project Description: Purchase an additional refrigerator in coordination with its “Healthier Meals” program, which is comprised of more fruits and vegetables and needs additional refrigeration.
Total Project Cost: $49,950
Amount from CRP Program: $2,350

Applicant: Vietnam Memorial Committee (Northeastern Detachment Marine Corps League)
Project Description: Engrave a blank granite panel on Courthouse Square with the names of Vietnam the service men and women from Lackawanna County who died in the war. A picture panel will also be incorporated into the project.   
Total Project Cost: $4,500
Amount from CRP Program: $1,500

Applicant: Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority
Project Description: Construct pavilions at the Green Ridge trailhead in Scranton at the Nay Aug Avenue play area and at the trail site along the river in Peckville to complete the corporate donation of a community bocce ball court.
Total Project Cost: $67,880
Amount from CRP Program: $20,000

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