With public safety being a concern for many Hellertown residents, it is undoubtedly good news that the borough police department will soon receive over $117,000 for the purchase of new vehicles and equipment.
The funding will come in the form of a grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-18) announced Friday, along with other grants.
A number of awards will fund projects in Northampton County’s slate belt, including:
- Pool Splash Pad Bangor Memorial Park ($200,000) requested by the Borough of Bangor
- Renovation of a clean slatea community center in the Borough of Bangor ($112,068) requested by Northampton County
- Weona Park Playground Phase I ($147,784) applied for the borough of Pen Argyl
- Purchase of public works vehicles ($72,210) requested by Stockertown Borough
- Road maintenance milling machine ($32,500) requested by Tatamy Borough
“The Slate Belt has long been underfunded for important community development projects that will improve quality of life,” Boscola said. “I’m proud to have been awarded half a million dollars for five priority projects for Slate Belt communities.”
Additional grants approved by the CFA which were announced by Boscola’s office include:
- Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation ($399,999) for the Bethlehem Steel SGO Plaza Building Annex
- Canton of Bethlehem ($63,771) for two police vehicles and ($33,585) for water rescue equipment
- Borough of Catasauqua ($30,600) for a community pool study
- Borough of Coplay ($30,774) for the rehabilitation of Saylor Park
- District of Emmaus ($25,458) for the South 2nd Street Reconstruction Project
- Borough of Freemansburg ($184,801) for The Sound of Community and Economic Development
- Borough of Northampton ($101,400) for the replacement of a garage door at a fire station
- District of Tatamy ($31,308) for repairs to the municipal building
- Borough of West Easton ($155,100) for the removal of two trestle bridges
- Township of Whitehall ($76,375) for the Mickley Prydun Farm Restoration Project
- Borough of Wilson ($100,000) to help build a new pool complex
In total, more than $1.9 million in grants have been awarded to projects in the 18th District, which includes parts of Northampton and Lehigh counties.
The funds for them were generated by state gambling facilities, a press release from Boscola’s office noted, and the grants were approved by the state. Commonwealth Funding Authority Plank.