Last updated: July 06. 2014 11:03PM - 1889 Views
By Susan Bettinger Times Leader Correspondent

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NANTICOKE — City Council last week approved an application for a Multimodal Transportation Fund grant for $1 million from the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

The vote was 4 to 1 in favor of the application with Steve Duda voting against.

Speaking about the proposed use for the grant, City Manager Andrew Gegaris stated there is reason to believe that a property on Main Street across from the old Bartuska warehouse is going to be put up for sale. The purchase of the property, near Walnut and Arch Streets, would be in the city’s best interest, Gegaris said.

He said that the city would be able to “mold the streetscape around it.” Gegaris said project would provide a “common entrance and exit for mass transportation” and that it would be “safer for pedestrians.”

Gegaris said that once the traffic study is complete, the city will have more details and that safety is the goal of the project. Buses and LCCC vans would utilize the project.

In other matters:

- Council awarded the demolition contract for 127 E. Union St. to low bidder Stell Enterprises in the amount of $12,840.

- The Farmer’s Market will be held on Saturday, July 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Patriot’s Square. The list of vendors for the Farmers Market/ Community Garden includes: First National Community Bank of Nanticoke, Scentsy Products, Pink Zebra, Origami Owl Jewelry, Wyoming Valley Dog Squad, Apollo Circle Resident Council, GNA Family Center, Wyoming Valley Children Association, Tarnowski’s Kielbasa, Avon, Thirty One Gifts, Just Crazy Face Art and DJ Mendel G. Fernandez Jr. Entertainment.

Resident Lou Gianuzzi has been volunteering his time and services to painting the benches and the flower box in Patriot’s Square, in preparation for the event.

The next council meeting will on July 16 at 7 p.m.

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