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Harrison Township receives grant to partially fund demolition of five houses

| Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 12:06 a.m.

Harrison Township Commissioners received a grant to partially fund the demolition of five houses in the township.

The $20,000 Community Development Block Grant from Allegheny Valley North COG should be available soon. The township will place bids through the county in June for the work.

The supervisors estimate that demolishing the five houses in the township's Natrona section will cost about $41,000.

“There's a lot more that need to go than these five,” Commissioner Gary J. Lilly said.

The addresses of the houses were not available Monday night.

Because the grant is for half the amount of the cost, the township will demolish as many houses as possible, without going over $20,000.

“Hopefully we get all these houses,” Commissioner Verne Bergstrom said. “It's a start.”

In other business

•The township wants to sell the old Harrison Hills Volunteer Fire Department pump truck. It is in good condition, Bergstrom said, but has not passed certification to be used to fight fires.

The department recently purchased a new pump truck to replace the old one.

•The township will continue its summer work program for college students. Each commissioner will hire one student as a summer worker for the public works department.

Kate Wilcox is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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