Collier receives recycling grant
By Doug Gulasy
Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
With two 20-year-old leaf loaders, Collier currently operates curbside collection on a limited basis.
That should soon change, thanks to a recycling grant the township received from the state last week.
State Sen. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, announced the funding for approved recycling programs in Collier and Mt. Lebanon on March 11. Collier will receive more than $69,000.
“We're pretty fortunate to get that grant,” Collier manager Sal Sirabella said.
The main portion of the grant will go toward the new leaf loader, which Sirabella said will allow the township to expand its curbside collection program.
Though the township will purchase only one new leaf loader, Sirabella said it would still be more efficient than using the two old ones, which were purchased in 1993.
Additionally, the township should have enough money for new curbside recycling bins for residents and a wood chipper, Sirabella said.
Mt. Lebanon received $31,500 for an outreach and education program in an effort to increase recycling throughout the municipality.
“I think it's a wonderful testament to these communities, particularly Collier's ability at encouraging recycling,” Smith said. “This shows what a great job (Collier officials) have done in encouraging recycling, and this will just allow them to further enhance their program.”
Collier commissioners voted 5-0 March 13 to award a $240,000 contract to Howard Concrete Pumping Co. Inc. for deep mine grouting at the site of the new township community center at Collier Park.
Engineer Larry Souleret said an underground mine was discovered during test borings at the site. The grouting will “make sure the foundations for the building are secure and won't have settlement,” he said.
Groundbreaking for the community center is scheduled for April.
Opening day for the dek hockey facility at Collier Park is scheduled for April 6.
“We've got some nice activities planned,” said parks and recreation director Lisa Novak, who said more information would go out to residents soon.
The dek hockey facility was built, along with soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts and more at the former Charles E. Kelly Support Facility closed by the U.S. Army Base Realignment Commission in 2005. The township received 72 acres of the property in 2011.
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-8527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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