Governor Wolf announces funding to revitalize Pittston waterfront

Governor Tom Wolf announced last week new funding to revitalize the Pittston waterfront by converting an underused warehouse into a mixed-use facility with apartments, offices, retail space, and a business incubator.

“This comprehensive redevelopment project will be a noticeable update to a section of downtown Pittston that has a lot of potential, but not expansive use,” Wolf said. “By renovating the structure and surrounding area, we will be creating jobs, expanding offerings for businesses, college students and residents, while opening up opportunities for more economic development.”

Waterfront Management Group, LLC was approved for a $2 million grant to rehabilitate a 101,997-square-foot warehouse at the corner of East Street and Kennedy Boulevard. The completed project is expected to have 27 apartments, a food court supporting the students of the recently opened nearby Luzerne County Community College’s Pittston center, 28,296 square feet of office space, and a business incubator with space for 36 units. The warehouse is only partially occupied, and the 13 existing jobs will be retained while approximately 60 new jobs are created through the new uses.

“I’m extremely proud of the wide array of community enhancements in the City of Pittston and this significant investment of state funds will advance an integral commercial and residential project along the Susquehanna River waterfront,” said Representative Mike Carroll, D-Avoca. “I am grateful to Governor Wolf for his unyielding support of our community.”

The project is expected to bring economic growth through enhanced property values, a stronger local tax base, and increased commercial and residential development. The renovation will also beautify the waterfront through exterior renovations and new landscaping.

“(This) announcement of RACP funding for the Waterfront Warehouse Conversion project in Pittston is yet another positive step towards the City’s revitalization,” said State Senator John Yudichak. “The repurposing of this former warehouse facility into a state-of-the-art multi-use asset along the Susquehanna River will create the opportunity for continued economic growth in Pittston and our core cities in Luzerne County.”

Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.

 

Read the article on the Sunday Dispatch Website

 

Luzerne County Mosquito Spraying Set For 08/15/2018

The Luzerne County West Nile Program will be conducting an ultra-low volume (ULV) mosquito control operation to reduce high populations of mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile Virus on August 15, 2018 in parts of Exeter Borough, Forty Fort Borough, Pittston City, West Pittston Borough, and Wyoming Borough.

The treatments will be administered via truck-mounted equipment, spraying residential and recreational mosquito habitat. The equipment dispenses AquaDUET at a rate of 0.62 ounces per acre.

The product is designed to provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations. The application material has a very low toxicity profile to mammals and will have negligible impact to non-target insects and the environment.

The spray will begin at dusk (pending any unforeseen circumstances) and conclude between 9:30-10:30pm.  

 Residents should stay indoors as much as possible during these hours only.

Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of contracting West Nile encephalitis.

In 2018, West Nile virus has been detected in the following counties: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Union, Venango, Washington, Westmoreland, Wyoming, and York.

Weather conditions and other unexpected events could delay or cancel this spray operation. If conditions do not allow application on August 15, 2018, the following evening, August 16, 2018 will serve as the back-up spray date.  If conditions remain unfavorable, the spray will be postponed until weather permits.

Individuals can take a number of precautionary measures around their homes to help eliminate mosquito-breeding areas, including:

  • Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar containers that hold water.
  • Properly dispose of discarded tires that can collect water. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers.
  • Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year as the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and don’t let water stagnate in birdbaths.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers. If a resident has stagnant pools of water on their property, they can buy BTI products at lawn and garden, outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. This naturally occurring bacterium kills mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.

Additionally, these simple precautions can prevent mosquito bites, particularly for people who are most at risk:

  • Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes.
  • Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.
  • When possible, reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito periods, usually April through October.
  • Use insect repellents according to the manufacturer’s instructions. An effective repellent will contain DEET, picardin or lemon eucalyptus oil. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician for questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

For more information about West Nile virus and the state’s surveillance and control program, please visit www.westnile.state.pa.us.

Albert J. West Memorial Park Repairs & Improvements

The Pittston City Street Department’s Public Property maintenance team recently began a series of repairs and improvements to Albert J. West Memorial Park on Swallow Street. The concession stand used by the Pittston Junior Patriots Mini-Football and Cheerleading was painted and improvements made to its exterior lighting. The running and walking track around the field is being re-graded and new cinders layed. The football field goal posts are being painted. With this being the centennial anniversary of the end of World War I in 1918, further improvements and repairs will continue to the park named for a Pittston City World War I soldier will continue throughout the rest of the summer.

City Announces July 4th Holiday Schedule

CITY-WIDE YARD WASTE COLLECTION MONDAY JULY 2nd

City residents are reminded that per the recycling calendar, there will be city-wide yard waste collection on Monday July 2nd. Yard waste usually collected on Wednesday will be collected on Monday.

City Hall and the Street Department will be closed Wednesday July 4th for the Independence Day holiday. Garbage usually collected Wednesday will be  collected Thursday July 5th and garbage usually collected Thursday will be collected Friday July 6th.

ALERT: Water Street Bridge Due to an Ice Jam on the Susquehanna River

Water Street Bridge and the Pittston Riverfront Park Are Closed Due to an Ice Jam on the Susquehanna River.

Here is the current update from the National Weather Service:

Issuing Office: Binghamton

Source: National.Weather.Service

10:07am EST, Wed Jan 24

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON NEW YORK HAS ISSUED A * FLOOD WARNING FOR THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER NEAR WILKES-BARRE. * FROM THIS AFTERNOON UNTIL THURSDAY AFTERNOON. * AT 10 AM WEDNESDAY THE STAGE WAS 20.2 FEET. * FLOOD STAGE IS 22.0 FEET. * MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST. THERE IS CURRENTLY FLOODING ALONG SUSQUEHANNA STREET IN WEST PITTSTON UPSTREAM OF THE GAUGE. * FORECAST… THE RIVER IS EXPECTED TO RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE BY 2 PM WEDNESDAY AND CREST NEAR 22.7 FEET AROUND 7 PM WEDNESDAY. THE RIVER IS BEING AFFECTED BY A LARGE ICEJAM. EXACT WATER LEVELS IN ALL AREAS ALONG THE RIVER ARE UNPREDICTABLE AND CAN VARY BY SEVERAL FEET IN ANY GIVEN MOMENT. THIS FORECAST IS BASED ON AN EXPECTATION THAT THE ICE JAM WILL PARTIALLY RELEASE THIS WATER VOLUME TOWARD, AND DOWNSTREAM OF THE GAUGE. * IMPACT… AT 22.0 FEET… MINOR FLOODING BEGINS. LOWLANDS IN PLAINSVILLE, PLYMOUTH FLATS, WEST NANTICOKE AND SHICKSHINNY FLOOD. MAXIMUM EFFECTIVE DESIGN OF LEVEE PROTECTION IN THE CITY OF WILKES-BARRE IS 41 FEET. &&

More Information

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN PENNSYLVANIA… SUSQUEHANNA RIVER NEAR WILKES-BARRE AFFECTING LUZERNE COUNTY PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… DO NOT DRIVE OVER FLOODED ROADS OR BRIDGES… STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO, THE OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOR LATER DEVELOPMENTS. FOR FURTHER RIVER AND WEATHER INFORMATION, YOU CAN VISIT OURWEBSITE AT WEATHER.GOV/BGM &&

Pittston City Christmas Tree Collection Jan 8th to 19th

Pittston City Streets & Sanitation Department will collect live Christmas trees curbside from January 8th to 19th. Trees must be free of decorations, lights, and stands. Additionally trees cannot be in plastic bags.  All trees are taken to a recycling center to be ground into mulch which is why they cannot be in bags.

Redevelopment Authority Awarded Certificate of Merit

The Redevelopment Authority was recently awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (PAHRA) at its Annual Conference in Lancaster for its Neighborhood Housing Initiative. The Neighborhood Housing Initiative is a cooperative effort between the Authority, City of Pittston and North East Pennsylvania Land Bank Authority to address blight, quality of life issues, housing, and most importantly to improve the City’s neighborhoods. The 2017 PAHRA Bellamy Awards are PAHRA’s highest achievement awards for housing, redevelopment and community development.

Refuse and Recycling Changes For Independence Day

In celebration of the Independence Day Holiday all City of Pittston offices including the Department of Public Works will be closed on Tuesday July 4th.  Due to the Holiday closing refuse and recycling collections will not be picked up in the City of Pittston on Tuesday July 4th.   Tuesday’s regular refuse and recycling pick-up will be moved to Wednesday July 5th, Wednesday’s regular collection will be moved to Thursday July 6th and Thursday’s regular pick-up will be moved to Friday July 7th.  Regularly scheduled pick-ups will resume on Monday July 10th for yard waste, refuse and recycling. Thank you for your cooperation and enjoy a safe Independence Day Holiday.

Luzerne County Crime Watch Meeting

District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis has announced that the annual Luzerne County Crime Watch meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. in the County Council Meeting Room on the 1st Floor of the Luzerne County Main Courthouse located at 200 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  All crime watch groups are invited and encouraged to attend as well as members of the public.

The following are the guest speakers for the Meeting:

  1. Luzerne County Coroner William Lisman;
  2. Luzerne/Wyoming Drug & Alcohol Program Administrator Steven Ross;
  3. Luzerne County 911;
  4. Luzerne County Sheriff Brian Szumski;
  5. FBI Supervisory Special Agent-In-Charge Sean Quinn of the Scranton Office;
  6. Pennsylvania State Police;
  7. Luzerne County Drug Task Force Coordinator Daniel Mimnaugh;
  8. Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis; and
  9. Chiefs/Representatives from Law Enforcement Agencies throughout Luzerne County.

This event is being held in conjunction with National County Government Month with the focus being on Safe & Secure Counties.

Free Smoke Detectors

 

Up to 2 free smoke detectors per housing unit can be picked up at the Pittston City Fire Department at 20 Kennedy Street. (Not Kennedy Blvd!)

If you need help installing the smoke detector please telephone the fire department at 570-655-6663 and the fire department will make an appointment with you to install the smoke detector.

Pittston City Easter Egg Hunt To Be Held Saturday April 8

The Pittston City Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday April 8, 2017, at Jefferson Park at New Street and Cornelia Street in Pittston at 1:00 p.m. All Pittston City children up to age 12 are welcome. The Hunt is sponsored by Pittston City Fire Dept., Pittston City Police Dept., and Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance.

Learn more about the event at the City of Pittston’s Facebook page or the Easter Egg Hunt Event page

Garbage and Recycling Collection To Resume Next Week

Garbage and recycling collection will not take place for the rest of this week, due to the demand on our DPW to remove the massive amount of snow. Collection will resume on the normal schedule next week. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to dig out. 

Travel Restriction Imposed; Disabled Vehicles to be Towed

Pursuant to the Mayor’s Declaration of Emergency, the Chief of Police is hereby immediately restricting the operation of motor vehicles on city streets and alleys of the City of Pittston. Disabled and or parked vehicles obstructing on public streets and alleys will be towed at owner’s expense as deemed necessary and prudent for the public safety and welfare. Thank you for your immediate attention to this restriction.

Motorist Advisory: South Main Street/East Frothingham Street

Motorists and residents are advised of ongoing roadwork on South Main Street at East Frothingham.  This is a city project to replace drains in the street along South Main Street to eliminate the long existing problem with ponding in the roadway near Underwood Lane during heavy rain.  Please use caution when traveling through this area during the construction.  Thank you.