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By Tim Karan
Friday, April 19, 2013, 1:46 a.m.

The Armstrong County commissioners agreed Thursday to apply for additional Main Street Program funding from the state Department of Community and Economic Development for the Freeport-Leechburg-Apollo Group, known as FLAG.

The group is requesting about $6,700 from the state to improve the facades of two Leechburg buildings.

Carmen Johnson, assistant director of Armstrong County Planning & Development, said the county doesn't have enough money remaining from a $225,000 grant through the Main Street Program to complete those projects. The grant contract expires in June, Johnson said.

Commissioner Dave Battaglia noted that the county received a phone call from a Kiski Township resident who opposes spending the money.

“Her concern is that grant money is actually tax money, and that it could affect taxes,” he said. “But this is money allocated by the state, is already there and goes away on June 30. It does not affect the future budget.”

Commissioner Rich Fink applauded the group's efforts to revitalize their communities.

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at

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