Lackawanna County Commissioners awarded grants to a variety of Valley groups to help fund projects ranging from a roof replacement to technology upgrades for police.

The Community Re-Invest Program was established in July of 2013 and focuses on recreation, public safety, veterans posts, COVID-19 testing and facility upgrades, fire rescue education and general construction and upkeep. The grants represent the “last mile” funding to help bring the initiatives to fruition. The overall public-private investment since its inception is $8,635,538.

The projects that were approved during the first round of funding for 2020 include

  • Ambrose-Revels American Legion Post 328, Archbald, received $5,000 for a $5,150 project to replace the metal roof.
  • Archbald Borough received $5,000 for a $5,334 project for phase II of the Betty Street playground project.
  • Throop Volunteer Hose Co received $5,000, the total cost of a project to renovate the station hall.
  • Blakely Borough received $4,950, the total cost of the project, to upgrade technology for the police department, including a tablet computer and DSLR camera.
  • Hricak-McAndrew American Legion Post 896, Archbald, received $5,000 for a $10,000 project to install a piece of military equipment at the post.
  • Eureka Hose Co. No. 4, Olyphant, received $5,000 for an $85,000 project for a fire station addition.
  • Blakely Hose Co. No. 2 received $4,250 for a $4,500 project to upgrade fire helmets.
  • Blakely Community Ambulance received $5,000 for a $27,687 project to purchase a power ambulance cot.
  • Columbia Hose Co No. 5, Carbondale, received $5,000, the total cost of a project to repair the roof of the meeting hall.

Projects will continue to be reviewed and funded into the Fall. Boroughs, municipalities, townships and nonprofit entities are encouraged to submit applications for projects that are ready to start so that the Community Re-Invest Program can help to successfully complete them.

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