The demolition of a former school, an upgrade of the soccer field on Lehigh Street, and the installation of a crosswalk on Ridge Road top Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski's plans for the city in 2017.
Szymanski spelled out some goals for the yaer on Friday in his annual state of the city address at Lackawanna City Hall.
In addition, Szymanski pointed out that the city's fund balance has increased by $120,300 increase over last year.
"Some of the major contributing factors were an increase in the sales tax, collection of back taxes, receipt of state aid from the November 2014 snowstorm and the sale of real property revenues," said Szymanski. "The city was not issued any new debt."
Among the highlights of his speech:
- The former New Lincoln Elementary School at 90 Dona St. is scheduled for demolition this year. "It took a while and the neighbors were persistent about having something happen to that property," said Syzmanski. "Every time I drive by it, there's one less window there."
- Completion of a $125,000 upgrade to the Lehigh soccer field is planned. The soccer field in the city’s First Ward is used by the Yemen Soccer League. Upgrades include new turf, state-of-the-art drainage systems and signage, and landscape improvements.
- Installation of a $100,000 HAWK crosswalk system across from the Lackawanna Library on Ridge Road is planned, between Center Street and Electric Avenue. The system allows protected pedestrian crossings and stops road traffic only when needed.
- A $100,000 grant from the federal Local Initiatives Support Corporation will continue the war against "zombie properties," Szymanski said.
- In 2016, Lackawanna police handled 11,815 calls for service, issued 5,579 traffic summonses and made 1,227 arrests. "One of those arrests happened on June 29, 2016 with the later conviction of Daniel Whiting for the murder of Ashley Whiting on July 1, 2015. It was based on an exemplary investigation and dedication by the patrol and detective division of the Lackawanna Police Department," said Szymanski.