Toohil Announces Nearly $2.2 Million in State Funding for Community Improvements in 116th District
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today announced the awarding of $2,173,840 in state funding for community improvements in the 116th Legislative District. Toohil played a key role in securing the Local Share Account (LSA) grants for the projects and purchases.

The City of Hazleton received funding totaling $584,944, according to Toohil.

“One of the grants will go toward completing the next phase in the development of the new Central Park, which includes a plaza, walkways, performance stage, landscaping and more. The park is an important component in the continuing revitalization of the downtown business district and will be a place for residents to gather, socialize and enjoy their city.

“In addition, I am pleased the city’s fire department received funding to buy a new vehicle and to repair and waterproof three fire stations so they can continue protecting lives and property. Other grants will go toward enhancing some of the city’s recreational and arts facilities.

“I will continue to do what I can in Harrisburg to ensure that state dollars are allocated to fund projects that help to improve the quality of life in the 116th District.”

The City of Hazleton grants include:
  • $182,944 for water remediation projects in three fire stations.
  • $100,000 for development of the new Central Park.
  • $79,000 for a feasibility study for a new indoor recreation facility.
  • $50,000 for fire department utility truck.
  • $50,000 for installation of turf and sports netting installation at the Community Athletic Center.
  • $47,500 for creation of a comprehensive park and recreation plan.
  • $38,000 for equipment purchases at the Wiltsie Performing Arts Center at the Historic Castle.
  • $37,500 for purchase of ground maintenance equipment at Hazleton Regional Airport.
Other local grants include:
  • Butler Township – $247,396 for purchase of new loader and plow truck.
  • Butler Township – $95,000 for kitchen and parking upgrades at Ferrwood Music Camp.
  • Conyngham Borough – $300,000 for Phase III of Sugarloaf Avenue project, which includes pedestrian safety improvements.
  • Dorrance Township – $80,000 for purchase of double-tar-and-chip road sealer.
  • Hollenback Township – $141,500 for purchase of a dump truck, asphalt roller and street sweeper.
  • Huntingdon Township – $150,000 for purchase of heavy-duty truck and plow.
  • Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority – $330,000 for 911 infrastructure improvements.
  • Nescopeck Borough – $175,000 for ADA ramp project at youth center/municipal building.
  • Salem Township – $300,000 for Shickshinny Valley Road stormwater improvement project.
  • Shickshinny Borough – $100,000 for municipal infrastructure project that includes new sidewalks and traffic light upgrades.
The funding was approved and awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which was established as an independent agency that holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.

?Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
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