A ribbon cutting took place on Saturday, June 9, to mark the dedication of the newly-constructed Spring Brook Twp. municipal garage. Hosted by the township Board of Supervisors, the well-attended event allowed people to take a look at the interior of the new building that houses the township’s trucks and road equipment.

The old municipal garage building, located nearby, is still being used to store road materials and other road maintenance supplies.

“The new municipal garage is approximately 7,500 square feet and is a state of the art facility that includes radiant heat in the flooring, LED lighting, and automatic door openers on the overhead doors that can be opened to create drive-through truck bays. Unlike the old garage, the new building also includes a break room and restroom.

"This new facility will allow our road department to work on the equipment as needed in a heated space and allow adequate room to keep the trucks and equipment out of the elements,” stated Tami Gillette, township secretary.

The brief dedication ceremony, followed by light refreshments, was held at noon. Opening remarks were made by Jeffery Jones, chairman of the township board of supervisors. Mr. Jones thanks everyone involved in the process of constructing the building, including county and state officials, the road department, township roadmaster Justin Howe, and township engineer Lou LaFratte of LaFratte Engineering who oversaw the construction of the new garage.

Mr. Jones also thanked the contractors whose work brought the building to completion, including the general contractor D & M Construction Unlimited, Inc.; Rise Construction Company, Inc. with the pre-engineered metal building contract; electrical contractor Everon Electrical Contractors, Inc.; C. W. Schultz & Son, Inc., the HVAC and plumbing contractor; and E & R Roofing & Construction Company LTD, who had the contract for the EPDM (rubber) roofing.

In addition to members of the board of supervisors and other township officials, the event was attended by Congressman Matt Cartwright, Senator John Blake, State Representative Mike Carroll, Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Lackawanna County Clerk of Judicial Records Mauri Kelly, and many others, including a number of township residents.

State Representative Mike Carroll said a few words at the dedication, thanking township secretary Tami Gillette for her hard work and calling her a “really exceptional resource for this township.”

Likewise, Congressman Matt Cartwright addressed those gathered for the dedication, applauding Mr. Carroll for “stepping across the aisle” and getting the job done across political party lines.

In his remarks, Senator John Blake pointed out that all of the elected officials are “advocates for the township” and thanked the various professionals involved in bringing the new building to completion.

Patrick M. O’Malley, Lackawanna County Commissioner, attended the dedication as well. He remarked that it was wonderful for the supervisors to have worked so tirelessly not only for the residents of the township, but also to ensure that the road department workers have a great new facility in which to do some of their work, thus making their jobs a bit easier.

The Spring Brook Twp. municipal garage construction project was funded in part by a $412,000 Pennsylvania Gaming Local Share Account Grant. The township received the grant with the assistance and support of Representative Carroll and Senator Blake. This grant distributes a portion of the terminal revenues of certain licensed gaming facilities to support and enhance community and economic well-being throughout the Commonwealth.