Mar. 16, 2018

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today announced the awarding of $2,856,657 in state funding for community improvements in the region. 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 $550,000, according to Toohil,

“The Hazleton grants will be used to make critical investments in economic and public safety improvements. I am pleased our funding requests received state approval.

“The business incubator will increase opportunities for local entrepreneurs, especially those who have little business education, few networking opportunities, lack startup capital and cannot afford high rents.

“The City Hall project will ensure the safety and comfort of those who visit the building, while the police department will be able to replace part of its archaic fleet of vehicles with patrol cars equipped with state-of-the-art technology.”

The grants include:

  • City of Hazleton – $250,000 for a renovation project at City Hall which includes the installation of boiler controls and an emergency generator along with sidewalk, curbing, stair, ramp and retaining wall repairs.
  • City of Hazleton – $150,000 to implement a Group Violence Intervention Program for the police department and the purchase of five police vehicles.
  • City of Hazleton – $150,000 to be used by the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress to renovate a building on West Broad Street into a business incubator.
  • Black Creek Township – $175,000 for a project to replace the Tower Road Bridge. 
  • Dorrance Township – $63,540 to purchase a loader.
  • Hazle Township – $625,617 for infrastructure and site preparation costs for traffic improvements at two intersections were there are traffic congestion and safety concerns.
  • Hunlock Township – $350,000 to be used by Northwest Area School District to replace bleachers and lighting at the high school stadium.
  • Nescopeck Borough – $40,000 for the purchase of a street sweeper and police equipment, including a vehicle and firearms.
  • Salem Township – $247,500 for a project to construct a concessions building and restroom facilities at the Berwick Area High School stadium.
  • Salem Township – $200,000 for the milling and repaving of Fowler Avenue and 5th Street.
  • Shickshinny Borough – $75,000 to upgrade the HVAC system at the municipal building and construct an ADA compliant restroom facility at Oak Street Park.
  • Sugarloaf Township – $400,000 for construction of a new police station.
  • Union Township – $130,000 to purchase a single-axle dump truck with snow plow attachment.
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
717.260.6136 /