Freeman: $557,358 in state gaming funding awarded for local projects

HARRISBURG, June 10 – State Rep. Bob Freeman today announced that more than a half-million dollars has been allocated to Freemansburg, Hellertown, West Easton and Wilson to help with projects designed to enhance the region's quality of life.

Receiving state grants are:

  • Freemansburg -- $184,801 for creating an outdoor amphitheater.
  • Hellertown -- $117,457 for police vehicle purchases and equipment upgrades.
  • West Easton -- $155,100 for the removal of two old, dilapidated railroad trestle bridges.
  • Wilson -- $100,000 to help with the construction of the new Meuser pool complex.

"When gaming was approved in the state, the casinos were required to return a portion of their revenue to the local and neighboring communities to enhance the community and economic wellbeing," Freeman said. "This funding will do just that, from helping to safeguard community safety and security to enhancing and creating more community recreational opportunities.

“I’m glad that I was able to help secure grant funding for these worthy projects for these four communities in my district," Freeman said. 

The grants are from the Gaming Local Share Account funds allocated for Northampton County and the contiguous counties to Monroe County through the Commonwealth Financing Authority.