WILKES-BARRE, PA — The first hurdle is cleared.
Wilkes-Barre City Council on Thursday unanimously voted to enter into an agreement for the rehabilitation of Public Square. Once the deal is signed, the National Resource Network — a federal organization that aids cities facing economic hardship — will begin the process of securing a capital funding plan for the project.
The agreement was approved 4-0. Councilman Bill Barrett was excused from the meeting.
The National Resource Network will not fund the construction but will assist city officials in securing the project’s funding through both private and public revenue sources. The $66,000 agreement will require a 25 percent match, or $16,500.
Mayor Tom Leighton said the agreement will be signed Friday.