KINGSTON TWP. — The township supervisors announced the township received a series of grants, paid off a loan and the hired a new police officer.
The township was awarded one grant and three shared grants with neighboring municipalities for a combined total of $622,517.
The funds are earmarked for the following projects:
• $35,400 from Department of Environmental Protection for installation of a rain garden in Center Street Park to aid in stormwater management.
• A $200,000 Department of Community and Economic Development gaming grant received along with Dallas and Jackson townships for piping and paving of adjacent roads.
• A $44,117 DCED gaming grant awarded to the Back Mountain Community Partnership to detect and eliminate stormwater runoff areas.
• A $343,000 DCED gaming grant received by the BMCP to build an equipment storage facility near the Lehman Township municipal building.
“This was a good week for us,” township Manager Kathleen Sebastian said.
The supervisors also issued the final payment of $278,609.38 on a bond issued for construction of the current municipal building.
The building that houses the township’s administrative offices and the police station was built in 1998, Sebastian said.
“We refinanced the bond two times for lower interest rates,” she said.
Also, the supervisors welcomed a new officer to the police force. Officer Thomas Harris IV was sworn in by Supervisor Chairman James Reino.
Harris is a resident of Clark Summit but has three years to relocate to the township, Reino said.
In other news, the supervisors approved Suez Water to replace a watermain and install two fire hydrants in the vicinity of Pioneer Avenue and Druid Hills Drive in Shavertown.
The vote included a waiver on the township’s pavement cut permit fee, Reino said.
“They are going to repave the road,” he said.