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Pleasant Hills council applies for grant money

| Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 2:31 a.m.

Pleasant Hills hopes for better luck with its latest bid for gaming-fueled funds for tennis courts in Mowry Park.

Pleasant Hills council voted on Monday to apply for $169,471 from Allegheny County's Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund.

An earlier bid for $300,000 for those courts and other park improvements was rejected.

The borough's luck extended to Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps for the municipal building.

Pleasant Hills sought $98,160 in federal Community Development Block Grant funding through South Hills Area Council of Governments — and may get $17,500 instead.

“There is a significant shortfall in funding,” borough engineer Ned Mitrovich of Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering Inc. said.

Councilman Gregory Smith wondered if the matter could be tabled, but Mitrovich said SHACOG is “pretty regimented” about such grants.

Councilors Brad Rodeheaver, Daniel Soltesz, Joseph Esper, Robert Karcher, William Trimbath and Regis Brown voted to accept the grant, while Smith voted no.

Council approved another three-month extension of the service agreement between Pleasant Hills Authority and contracting municipalities to allow time for completion of a new service agreement.

Solicitors and engineers from Pleasant Hills, Baldwin, Whitehall and South Park Township will meet on Wednesday. On Monday, Pleasant Hills council and authority members will meet regarding a new management agreement.

Mitrovich said the borough must advertise a wet weather overflow planning module meant to meet a consent order and agreement with the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Council approved an agreement between two neighbors along Grace Street that resolves a dispute over driveway encroachment.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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