HARRISBURG – Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Pike/Wayne/Luzerne/Susquehanna/Wyoming), along with Reps. Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne), Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) and Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) on Jan. 31st announced that 12 projects will receive $1,802,486 in funding through the Monroe County Local Share Account from the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

“We are committed to working cooperatively with our elected officials and community leaders to advance locally identified, priority projects and hopefully ease some of the burden for local taxpayers,” said Baker.

The grants are awarded to counties contiguous to Monroe County, and the funds come from an assessment on certain revenues at Mount Airy Casino.

“I commend the hard work of those involved with securing grants for these worthwhile community projects,” said Peifer. “Each of these developments provides enhancements for our region.”

“I am pleased to see these funds being allocated in a responsible way by the counties that are contiguous to Monroe County,” said Fritz. “Smart investment of LSA money pays dividends for years to come.”

“There are many needs throughout our community, and as legislators, we connect continuously with people to understand each and every one of these,” Brown said. “These grants definitely help to address some of these needs and work to support the people of our region.”

The following Wayne County projects were approved for funding:

Texas Township will receive $197,000 for municipal building improvements. Damascus Township will receive $200,000 for baseball field and parking improvements. Wayne Economic Development Association will receive $64,291 for the repair of the Community Library of Lake and Salem Township building. Wayne Economic Development Association will receive $400,000 for Sterling Business and Technology Park Lot 3 Site Development. The Hawley Borough Levee Repair Project will receive $181,711. Mount Pleasant Township will receive $50,000 for its anti-skid shed. The following Pike County projects were approved for funding: Pike County Economic Development Authority will receive $50,000 for the Pocono Environmental Education Center Sustainability Lodge. Pike County Economic Development Authority will receive $50,000 for the Holy Trinity Food Pantry. The Pike County Complex Sewage Expansion project will receive $425,000. Pike County Economic Development Authority will receive $75,000 for Tanglewood Lakes. Pike County Economic Development Authority will receive $10,902 for the Milford Water Authority. Pike County Economic Development Authority will receive $98,582 for Habitat for Humanity.