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Money pours in to cover Blawnox field light project

| Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A project Blawnox officials thought would be short of funds now has enough money and then some.

Replacement of lights at the ball field will cost $48,000, more than the borough had available for the project. However, funding from Duquesne Light and additional money from Allegheny County were received and the borough now has more money than needed for the project.

Duquesne Light will provide $10,000 in cash and $10,000 in services for the project and an additional $18,000 was secured from the county.

The project was intended to use Community Development Block Grant funding when it was first approved in August.

Borough engineer Gordon Taylor of Senate Engineering said the borough won't have to spend any of its own funds on the project.

“You really aren't going to spend a dime,” Taylor said.

The project began as a replacement of underground power lines but evolved into installation of a three phase electrical system, Taylor said.

That system was recommended by Duquesne Light for the ball field.

The project also will have room for future lights, something that likely will be needed.

“These are very aging and eventually will have to be replaced,” Taylor said about some of the lights and equipment that will remain at the park.

Safety concerns were a reason officials decided to approve the project two months ago despite still looking for funding sources.

Borough manager Sherry Kordas thanked Duquesne Light for their Power of Light grant program, which the borough applied to get extra funding.

“They were generous to help us with that, which is excellent,” Kordas said.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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