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Leechburg scuttles skateboard park, opts to develop sand volleyball court

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 12:51 a.m.

A Leechburg father's plans to memorialize his son with a skateboard park in the borough have taken a detour into the sand.

Instead of a skateboard park, Anthony Guerrera and the Leechburg Moose are proposing to create a sand volleyball court at the borough's riverfront park.

Consensus among borough council members Tuesday was to pursue the volleyball court.

Council instructed its three-member parks committee to work with the Leechburg Moose on the details. Council intends to consider the proposal in May.

Guerrera late last year proposed creating a skateboard and bike riding park in memory of his son, David Guerrera, 31, who died Oct. 28. It was to be located on an old tennis court near Veterans Field.

Concerns about the cost, insurance and concerns from neighbors arose, causing the change of plans.

“If the whole town is not for it, I'm not going to fight them,” Guerrera said after he and Moose officer Fred Ulmer spoke to council.

Ulmer told council the volleyball court would be near the park's gazebo. It, along with a swing set and picnic tables, would encourage more public use of the park, he said.

“I think it's a lot better than a skateboard park,” Ulmer said.

Ulmer said there would be no cost to the borough. As with the skateboard park, costs would be covered by the Moose and a donation from Guerrera.

In other business

• Council is considering increasing the cost of opening roads in the borough, using Vandergrift regulations as a guide.

The borough now charges a flat $100 for street openings.

Council voted to increase the cost to $250 up to 20 feet. For larger openings, an additional $50 would be charged for each additional 20 feet.

Council could vote on the change in May.

• Guardrails along the west side of Third Street between Flora and Kirkpatrick avenues will be replaced.

The borough received more than $5,000 from the Armstrong County Liquid Fuel Grant Assistance Program to pay for the work.

• Council approved spending $8,100 to patch a number of borough roads.

Although the borough is not planning any full-scale paving this year, Councilman Tom Foster said a few places need immediate repairs.

Roads to be fixed include portions of Wallace, Floral, Lincoln, Beale and Logan avenues, Foster said.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or brittmeyer@tribweb.com.

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