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.

Yard Waste Collection Begins April 4th

Curbside Yard Collection begins for the north side of the  city on Wednesday April 4th and the south side on Friday April 6th.  Please check the 2018 Recycling Calendar for future collections. Yard waste must be curbside in open containers less than 30lbs. No rocks or dirt.  Branches must be cut to 3ft in length and no thicker than 4 inches and bundled.  Thank You!

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY – 3/2/2018

Please note due to the winter weather, Pittston City Hall will close at 1pm today. Our Street Department is out plowing and salting, but please use extreme caution and travel only if necessary during this winter weather event.

LATEST BULLETIN FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY

Issued by: Binghamton – NY, US, National Weather Service,

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM EST SATURDAY… * WHAT…HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED, ESPECIALLY AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS. WIDELY VARYING TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS RANGING FROM 4 TO 8 INCHES IN THE VALLEYS, WITH 6 TO 10 INCHES AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS. LOCALIZED ACCUMULATIONS UP TO 14 INCHES POSSIBLE IN THE POCONOS OF EASTERN LACKAWANNA AND LUZERNE COUNTIES. * WHERE…BRADFORD, WYOMING, LACKAWANNA, AND LUZERNE COUNTIES. * WHEN…RAIN CHANGING TO WET SNOW IN THE PRE-DAWN HOURS OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS AND AROUND DAYBREAK FOR THE VALLEYS. HEAVIEST SNOW INTO THE EARLY AFTERNOON HOURS, DIMINISHING BY THIS EVENING. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…PLAN ON DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING DURING THIS MORNING’S COMMUTE. TREE DAMAGE AND SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES EXPECTED FROM GUSTY WINDS AND WEIGHT OF SNOW. WINDS GUSTING 40 TO 55 MPH THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING WILL CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL, KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT, FOOD AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

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.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Thursday Nov 23 – Thanksgiving Day City Hall and Street Department Closed. Garbage and Recycling regularly collected on Thursday will be collected Friday

Friday Nov 24 – City Hall Closed, Street Department Open

Cliff Street Construction Advisory

The entire length of Cliff Street is currently under construction by a contractor for the Pennsylvania American Water Company who is installing a new water main. When the project is complete, the road will be completely repaved.  Please use caution when traveling in this area until the work is complete.

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.

Public Participation and Public Meeting For Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan

NOTICE OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND PUBLIC MEETING FOR CHESAPEAKE BAY POLLUTANT REDUCTION PLAN

Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority (WVSA) hereby gives notice of the 30-day public comment period for its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES) Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP). Best management practices (BMPs) are proposed in the regional Plan to satisfy PRP requirements for the Chesapeake Bay and local stream impairments.

The public is invited to review this document and provide written comments to the Executive Director.
WVSA
PO Box 33A, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703
James B. Tomaine, P.E. – jim.tomaine@wvsa.net

The 30-day public comment period begins August 1, 2017 and ends August 31, 2017.
The Plan will be discussed at a public meeting on August 10, 2017 starting at 4PM at the offices of WVSA.
The municipalities participating in the regional Plan include the Cities of Nanticoke, Pittston, and Wilkes-Barre; the Boroughs of Ashley, Courtdale, Dureyea, Edwardsville, Exeter, Forty Fort, Hughestown, Kingston, Laflin, Larksville, Luzerne, Plymouth, Pringle, Sugar Notch, Swoyersville, Warrior Run, West Pittston, West Wyoming, Wyoming, and Yatesville; and the Townships of Hanover, Jackson, Jenkins, Lehman, Newport, Pittston, Plains, Plymouth, and Wilkes-Barre.

Web Link to the WVSA Web Site and The Regional Pollutant Reduction Plan: http://wvsa.org/stormWaterPosting.pdf

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.

Pittston City Residents Reminded To Use New 2017-2018 Garbage Bag Stickers

Pittston City residents are reminded that the new light blue and white color 2017-2018 garbage bag stickers are now in effect. The new stickers were required to be used beginning May 29th.  One sticker must be affixed to each garbage bag for it to be collected. The maximum weight for a garbage bag is 30 pounds.The 2017-2018 Pittston City Garbage Stickers may be purchased at the City Treasurer’s Office at City Hall, 35 Broad Street, Monday-Friday 9am to 4pm.  Please bring your bill when you come to purchase the stickers.   For more information on purchasing the garbage stickers please go to the City Treasurer page

For additional information on garbage and recycling collection please go to the Street and Sanitation Department’s page on Garbage Collection and Recycling