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Monroe County getting $1.5 million in grants

Funding announced by State Sen. Lisa Boscola

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -  A total of $1.507 million in grant funds for Monroe County projects was announced Thursday by  State Sen. Lisa Boscola, whose senatorial district includes part of that county.

The grants are part of the local share funding account distribution from gaming revenues received from the Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono.  

Boscola said the state's seven-member Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the grants at its regular meeting in Harrisburg Thursday.

"These are good projects that will make needed improvements throughout Monroe County," Boscola said. "I will continue to seek funding sources to help advance local projects."

The grants include:

* Monroe County Historical Society: $70,385. The funds will be used to replace the slate roof on the historic 1795 mansion, the roof in the 1893 addition and repair the chimney so the building can be restored and reopened to the public.

* East Stroudsburg Middle Dam rehab: $822,00. The money will be used to repair and replace various areas of the Middle Dam, which supplies water to East Stroudsburg. The dam has been listed as unsafe due to the inadequate capacity of its spillway. The dam will receive a new intake structure, new sluice gate valves and a new concrete spillway as well as new overtopping protection, new stabilization berm and a new drainage system;

* Stroud Township Route  611 and Bridge Street  right turn lane: $205,500. The funds will improve the intersection of Route  611 (North Ninth Street) and Bridge Street. The project will make the intersection safer by widening the right turn lane and making signal improvements;

* Delaware Water Gap Borough Well No. 4 building and equipment: $323,498. The money will be used to demolish the well's existing control building, install a prefabricated control building, upgrade controls and communications equipment, and install a security fence and emergency generator. The existing control building is located in a remote area and needs extensive repair. The project will help make the well less vulnerable to vandalism, the elements and allow the system to supply water to residents during weather-related emergencies;

 * New vehicles for Stroud Area Regional Police : $86,310. The funds will be used to buy three new police vehicles and associated computers.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the allocation of about $11.8 million in gaming funds to support 69 community and economic development projects in Monroe and the contiguous counties --Carbon, Lackawanna, Northampton, Pike and Wayne, according to a news release from the governor's office.

"We are supporting projects that will enhance community and economic well-being to spur economic investment and job creation," said Governor Tom Corbett. "The 69 approved projects will also address important public safety and infrastructure needs, and will undoubtedly improve the quality of life for residents."

In total, 16 projects in Monroe County were awarded nearly $3.8 million by the authority. The adjoining counties were awarded nearly $8 million for 53 projects.

The  Race Horse Development and Gaming Act established the Pennsylvania Gaming Local Share Account under the CFA for the purpose of distributing funds to support economic development, community development and public interest projects.

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