Thursday, March 12, 2009

NEPA to get $13M from Stimulus Package

Twenty-five projects in Northeastern Pennsylvania are set to receive nearly $13 million from the stimulus package signed into law by the President on Wednesday according to Steve Mocarsky over at the Times Leader.

The largest chunk of money coming to the area – nearly $4.6 million – will go to the Scranton Flood Control Project to give the city 100-year level flood protection and prevent the type of flooding that occurred after Hurricane Ivan in September 2004. The project covers the Albright Avenue, Lower Green Ridge and Plot neighborhoods.

The Wyoming Valley Flood Control Project will receive nearly $1.2 million, part of which Luzerne County Flood Control Authority Executive Director Jim Brozena said will be used for the Toby’s Creek Basin project and finishing up the riverfront park project in Wilkes-Barre.

Wilkes University’s Institute for Environmental Science and Sustainability will receive more than $1.2 million for electronic mapping systems used to capture, analyze and present data for agricultural purposes.

King’s College will also see a piece of the funding pie – $181,000 to expand the school’s radio station broadcast area, which reaches about as far as Pittston and Nanticoke.

Other local projects to receive funding from the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 include:

• $475,000 to help revitalize distressed neighborhoods in Luzerne County.

• $381,000 for the renovation of all 67 patient care rooms at Mercy Special Care Hospital in Nanticoke.

• $138,000 for a new camera in the Radiology Department at Hazleton General Hospital.

• $95,000 for renovation and equipment at Wyoming Valley Health Care Systems.

• $95,000 for the creation of an autism support classroom for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder at Marywood University.

• $95,000 for a health profession and training initiative at the University of Scranton.

• $95,000 for renovation and equipment at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton.

• $95,000 for cancer epidemiology research studies at Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, which includes eight area hospitals and has offices in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton and Allentown.

The joint announcement came from U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Nanticoke, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, and U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Philadelphia, who “worked closely to ensure that the spending bill provides necessary funding for the area,” according to a press release.

Uhhh...where is Hazleton on this list. Are Casey and Kanjo that partisan? And who knows what Arlen is Ex-Spectering these days?? Northeastern Pennsylvania treats Hazleton like a red-headed step child that nobody wants.

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