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East Deer to apply for CDBG funds

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By George Guido
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 12:36 a.m.

East Deer officials will soon be applying for $89,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds for next year.

Among the items the township would use the money for:

• Replace a 100-foot sanitary sewer that crosses Crawford Run with a 10-inch pipe, including pipe lining.

• Foster more improvements at the community park.

• Replace a 1976 meter that serves the Pittsburgh Glass Works plant, formerly known as PPG.

The new meter would more accurately determine water flow.

• Continue part of the stormwater/sewage separation program.

• Demolish five dilapidated structures.

This year's grant money will be used for park updates, including new benches and trash cans, along with two buildings ready for demolition.

The township remains hopeful that grants can be obtained to repair Murryhill Road.

In other business

• Commissioners Chairman Tony Taliani said some property tax money might have to be rebated to residents as Allegheny County reassessment appeals are decided.

About 75 percent of the township's property tax has been collected and Taliani said the township will know where it stands in relation to its budget around June 30 because of the reassessment appeals still pending.

Taliani also praised the Keystone Collections Group's work in collecting delinquent tax bills.

• Commissioners have accepted the resignations of part-time police officers Brian Butler, who has been hired at Wilkinsburg, and Aaron Scott, recently hired by Springdale.

Two of three part-timers hired last month by the township are on the job already.

• The township has a Memorial Day ceremony planned for Sunday, May 26 at the honor roll on Grant Street, in conjunction with the VFW.

The starting time has yet to be determined. That information will be placed in this month's water bills.

• Commissioners voted to hire Nick and Alex Gigler for township summer maintenance at a rate of $7.75 per hour.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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