Our next Telephone Town Hall is this Monday. Details on that and other happenings can be found below.
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Our Next Tele-Town Hall is This Monday
I’ll be holding my next Telephone Town Hall this Monday, August 31 at 6 p.m.
The tele-town hall format allows community residents to participate in a discussion on the issues without the need to travel throughout the region. Participants may ask questions or simply remain on the line to listen to the discussion.
You can sign up to participate here. The event will also feature a live audio stream page that allows smartphone, tablet and computer users to listen in and submit questions online.
I look forward to hearing from citizens throughout our region and having a constructive conversation on the issues that matter most. Whether you want to ask a question or just follow the discussion, I hope residents check it out.
Volunteer Fire Companies, Ambulance Services Can Apply for State Grant Program
Beginning September 8, volunteer fire companies and ambulance services throughout Monroe and Northampton counties can submit an application for the Fiscal Year 2015-16 Volunteer Fire Company, Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program.
The grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for volunteer fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. A total of $25 million will be awarded through the program.
More information on the program, as well as important dates and a link to online applications can found on my website.
Changing Minds: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Forum Sept. 12
I’m excited to work with the Pocono Medical Center in hosting our “Changing Minds” mental health and substance abuse forum on Saturday, September 12.
The event takes place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus, in Tannersville.
The day will feature an open forum with expert panelists. You can submit questions to panelists ahead of time, anonymously, via my website.
New Website Provides Real-Time Updates on Current, Future Road Projects
Pennsylvania’s motorists can now access real-time information on transportation projects that are underway or scheduled through 2026 at a new website developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
I was a supporter of Act 89, which is providing critical investments in Pennsylvania’s transportation system. The comprehensive funding legislation enables the state to address structurally-deficient bridges, poorly rated roads and underfunded multimodal projects.
The new PennDOT website, www.Projects.PennDOT.gov, includes interactive maps and explanations of these improvements, including:
The website allows users to view projects according to categories such as county, statewide, legislative district and more. The construction section also allows users to better understand the estimated start and end dates of projects as well as to view projects of regional significance along Pennsylvania’s interstate system.
Voice Your Opinion on the Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan
The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are seeking public input through Sept. 11 on the draft 2015-2025 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan.
First developed in 2005, the plan has been the commonwealth’s blueprint for managing and protecting imperiled species. As required by Congress, State Wildlife Action Plans must be revised no less than every 10 years.
As Chairman of the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee, I have a keen interest in managing our wildlife resources. Your input is encouraged. You can read the plan and make comments here.
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