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Buena Vista swimming pool to receive exterior improvements

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 1:11 a.m.

Buena Vista Volunteer Fire Co.'s swimming pool will receive some exterior improvements this season courtesy of an Allegheny County grant.

Fire company trustee and pool committee chairman Tom Knestaut made the announcement at the Elizabeth Township commissioners meeting on Monday.

“In cooperation with (state) Sen. (James) Brewster's office, we applied for a grant through the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County through the Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund for the modernization of our swimming pool,” Knestaut said. “Our grant request was very successful. We were at a meeting last Friday morning, and we received $110,000 in grant funding for the swimming pool ... It's going to enable us to do a lot of work down there and really make it a lot nicer facility.”

Knestaut thanked Brewster for working closely with the fire company and bringing the grant to members' attention.

The grant will help pay for a new fence around the pool, a volleyball court and a 12-foot-high waterslide, among other projects.

“It's going to be a good experience. It's going to be good for the community,” Knestaut said.

The fire company hosted a town meeting in early February to discuss the future of the public facility at 120 Styche St.

Fire Chief Richard Diehl said at the time that the company lost at least $6,000 annually for the past 15 years by keeping it open.

Volunteers built the 110,000-gallon in-ground pool in 1949. It's funded entirely by the fire company with help from the ladies auxiliary.

“We took the input from the community and folks and kind of grabbed the bull by the horns,” Knestaut said.

The pool is scheduled to open on Memorial Day.

Other actions commissioners took include:

• Approving by a 4-2 vote payment to Green Mechanical Services of $38,450.70 from the 2011 bond fund for the maintenance garage boiler installation as recommended by KLH Engineers. Commissioners Joanne Beckowitz and Donald Similo dissented. Commission president Gene Francesconi was absent.

• Accepting Donnelly Auto Service's $650 scrap price for an old police vehicle.

• Approving the purchase and installation of new police equipment from Ibis Tek of Leetsdale. Equipment includes custom graphics, dual weapon mount, light bar, ultra high frequency radio and a computer. A front protective bumper was stricken from the equipment list. Township manager Richard Janus said the equipment will go into one of two 2014 Ford police interceptor SUVs, and could be ready for service in three to four weeks. Janus said the township will seek quotes this month for the same equipment package for the second vehicle, which could take a few months to be ready for police patrols.

The township purchased the new vehicles in February from Woltz & Wind Ford via the South Hills Area Council of Governments' Purchasing Alliance at $26,144 each.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 99 from Mt. Vernon Community Presbyterian Church were recognized. Three Scouts attended as they earn their Citizenship in the Community badge.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or