State Grant to Fund Safety Efforts in Dunmore School District

dunmore schoolDunmore School District was among the recipients of  total of $554,407 in state grants been awarded to area school districts to support and implement school safety efforts, state Reps. Kyle Mullins and Marty Flynn, both D-Lackawanna, announced last week. Dunmore’s grant totals $35,000.

“There should be no limit to the extent to which we go about protecting our children,” Mullins said. “Students and school-based professionals deserve to feel safe at school, and they deserve to know their state leaders will continue to work with school districts to secure these critical grants.”

“I am pleased to see this funding approved to allow our schools to be proactive in keeping kids safe,” Flynn said. “The programs and equipment will not only enhance school security, but also ensure students have the safest learning environments.”

Other school districts that received funding are: Abington Heights, $40,000; Mid Valley, $35,000; Valley View, $75,900, and Scranton, $368,507.

The funds will be provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018, and is responsible for establishing the standards schools must meet when performing school safety and security assessments.



Grants Awarded to Fund Projects in Dunmore Borough

State Rep. Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna, announced $952,986 in grants have been awarded to critical community and economic development projects within the 112th Legislative District. Including two designated for Dunmore.

 The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) through the Monroe County Local Share Account (LSA) program.

“This funding allows our municipal governments and local organizations to undertake important projects to strengthen our communities and to keep our residents and visitors safe,” Mullins said. “I’d like to thank state Sen. John Blake and my House colleagues state Reps. Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne/Lackawanna, Marty Flynn, and Bridget M. Kosierowski, both D-Lackawanna, for joining me in advocating for these dollars that will have a significant, regional impact.” 

Dunmore grants include $150,000 to renovate the little league park complex in Dunmore Borough, and $125,000 to the Greater Scranton YMCA to replace several boilers at its Dunmore facility.

The Local Share Account funds from casinos located in host or contiguous counties are distributed by the Department of Community and Economic Development within Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration and are designed to help economic development, job training, community improvement and public interest projects.

New Trail to Connect Dunmore to Elmhurst Reservoir

State Rep. Kyle Mullins, (D) Lackawanna, announced $2.1 million in state grants to fund improvement projects in several communities throughout the 112th Legislative District, including Dunmore Borough.

“From pedestrian safety to land redevelopment and conservation, these projects will have a tangible impact on our residents and the local economy,” Mullins said. “I’m grateful to Senator John Blake and borough officials for their partnership in advocating for these projects that will benefit our common constituency.”

Dunmore Borough, and Elmhurst and Roaring Brook townships will receive $1.5 million for development of the North Pocono Trail. Work will include construction of 4 miles of trail between East Drinker Street in Dunmore to the Elmhurst Reservoir. 

Elements of the project include a pedestrian bridge and trailhead, along with fencing, gates, ADA access, signage and other related improvements. Of note, the trail is a former rail line purchased by Lackawanna County in the 1980s, which has remained undeveloped. 

A bridge associated with the trail will enable the state Transportation Department to refurbish an Interstate 84 bridge above, creating an opportunity for the county to leverage the construction to build the trail.

Other projects include Blakely Borough, which will  receive $350,000 to install new sidewalks, curbing and 30 ADA-accessible ramps, and Archbald Borough which will  receive $265,000 to extend East Avenue over the Wildcat Creek to grant access to two mine-scarred sites at the former Sturges Colliery.  

Grant funding for the North Pocono Trail project was awarded through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Recreation and Conservation program, which focuses on conserving and protecting state waterways and outdoor recreational opportunities.