More than $2 million in state grants benefit Monroe County

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Maureen E. Madden said seven projects in the portion of Monroe County that she represents today were approved for $2.17 million in funding by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

“Infrastructure and economic development improvements are important keys to success in any municipality. It’s especially gratifying to see so many other projects funded that will help area organizations enhance their facilities and offerings to local residents,” said Madden, D-Monroe.

East Stroudsburg Borough received a $340,948 Small Water and Sewer grant to replace 1,530 feet of eight-inch waterline along Elizabeth Street from West Vine Street to Lenox Avenue. The existing cast iron waterline is old with lead joints and is undersized by modern standards. Replacing it will ensure that the water delivered by the borough is of high quality standard and it will improve fire flow characteristics for the area.

The Small Water and Sewer Program is administered by the CFA for water and sewer projects that cost between $30,000 and $500,000 and involve the construction, improvement, expansion, repair or rehabilitation of a water supply or sanitary sewer system which is owned and maintained by a municipality or municipal authority.

Six grants were awarded from funds earned through the proceeds of gaming at Mount Airy Casino Resort, under the state’s Local Share Assessment program which provides grants to communities near gaming locations.

Stroudsburg Borough received $130,670 for paving and drainage improvements along Sarah Street from Fifth to Ninth streets.

"Stroudsburg residents, their cars and their mechanics know how badly this community needed the funds for the Sarah Street Paving Project. This news could not have come at a better time. As the mayor of Stroudsburg Borough, I would like to thank state Representative Madden for making sure that LSA funds made it back to the county seat," said Stroudsburg Mayor Tarah Probst.

Five other grants were provided to the Monroe County Industrial Development Authority on behalf of other organizations.

A $640,500 grant will help Pocono Services for Family and Children to replace the roof on the recently purchased Mountain Center facility in Coolbaugh Township. WIC, Area on Aging and Habitat for Humanity joined PSFC in this facility and divided the building into four sections: Early Childhood Education and Care, Family Engagement, Senior Adult Activities and Youth Empowerment.

“We are so excited that we will be getting a much-needed new roof for The Mountain Center, which now houses 14 agencies and groups that serve the community,” said Tim Lee, executive director of Pocono Services for Families and Children. “This LSA project to fund our roof will give us protection for years to come, as our building continues to provide more human services and programs under this one roof. We are extremely grateful, and thank Representative Maureen Madden and Senator John Blake for their guidance of this LSA funding and their support of the vision for this facility."

A $286,068 grant will allow the Pocono Medical Center to purchase a mobile medical vehicle and mammogram equipment to perform annual breast screenings to women in remote areas with limited access to health care services.

The Lake Swiftwater Club Inc. will use a $242,000 grant to rehabilitate the Lake Swiftwater Dam in Paradise Township per a consent order and agreement of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

KidsPeace Corp. will use a $130,000 grant to renovate a vacant space to expand its operations in Coolbaugh Township. Improvements will include demolition, general construction, plumbing, HVAC and electrical upgrades.

Finally, the Pocono Mountain Municipal Airport Authority will use its $400,000 grant to construct a 6,000 square foot building to store its snow removal equipment.

The CFA is an independent state agency that administers several funding programs designed to help grow Pennsylvania’s economy, create jobs, and improve cultural and recreational assets in communities statewide.