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Scottdale designates $25,000 grant toward salt storage shed

| Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, 1:06 a.m.

Scottdale council voted Monday night to have borough manager Angelo Pallone inform the state Department of Community and Economic Development that the $25,000 awarded for façade improvement will now be used to erect a salt storage building.

The grant was allotted the borough earlier this year, but the money to improve facades of nonprofit organizations' facilities only was not used.

“We can use the $25,000 toward the shed, but we have to commit to it,” Pallone explained.

The new salt storage unit would replace the current one.

“The salt shed is in deplorable condition and it can't be repaired,” Councilman Jack Davis said.

Davis said a new structure will cost between $35,000 and $50,000, but with the grant money and the savings the borough will realize through elimination of an administrative position, it can be financed.

Pallone told council he is researching options to have the borough meetings taped and televised on local cable.

Council Vice President Bud Santimyer told members a business owner suggested the borough close off the alley between Scottdale Pharmacy and Chain bakery, making that area a walkway, while also creating numerous parking spaces.

“That would add approximately four parking spaces,” Santimyer said, explaining that the alley's closing would then eliminate the crosswalks on both sides, plus add 20 feet on either side of the alley entrance, which is now designated no parking.

Council passed a motion to have Pallone contact the appropriate agencies about the removal of the ramps by the alley and to move forward with the project.

Council also voted:

• To allow business owner Doug Kropff to close off the sidewalks in the front of his business to make façade repairs. The parking meters directly across from the business also will be bagged.

• To allow Erwin Osip to purchase a handicapped parking sign that will be placed opposite 611 S. Chestnut St.

• To renew the contract with Hoffman kennels for stray dog control in the borough.

Santimyer asked residents to keep all trees and shrubs at the required height limits to allow for the passage of fire trucks and garbage trucks on the streets and the safe passage of residents on the sidewalks.

“We just want to remind people that trees have to be cut back to 14 feet above streets and alleys,” Santimyer said. “Shrubbery should be kept at 8 feet to allow for passage of tall people.”

The annual Halloween parade will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 30, with lineup starting at 6 p.m. at Loucks Park.

Trick-or-treat will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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