North Belle Vernon could get a grant to pave Green Street
North Belle Vernon could receive federal help to pave a main street in the borough.
But, as one councilman suggested, it might need a billy goat to keep its unkempt yards mowed.
Council learned Tuesday the borough is in the running to receive a federal Department of Housing and Urban Development grant to pave Green Street. Council will not learn until August if it will receive the $143,000 to fund renovation to the street.
Green Street was deemed eligible based on the number of low income residents living there. They also sought to receive federal grants for Brown Street, Graham Street and Ferncliff Drive, Councilwoman Diann Donaldson said.
Having learned that Ferncliff Street was not accepted under the program this year, council at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday voted to seek bids for repairs to a portion of that roadway.
In other business, council voted to extend the police contract through Dec. 31. The current pact is set to expire at the end of the month. The borough would then negotiate a new contract, which would run from calendar year to calendar year. That would make it easier for council to plan for the police department since the contract would coincide with council's budget, council President Dennis Simboli said.
Council accepted the resignation of Ray Iacoboni from the planning commission and appointed Tom Russell to the position.
The borough received a financial boost for continued operation of Graham Street Park from two of its younger residents. Sisters Sarah Myers, 12, and Krista Myers, 9, presented the borough with $40.86. The girls raised the money by selling their homemade cupcakes door-to-door in the borough.
“Thank you for taking an interest in the park,” Simboli said. “That's leadership for the future – and yes, the park is going to stay open.”
Meanwhile, resident Gloria Yuschak complained about the high grass from a neighboring property in the 300 block of Fell Street.
Donaldson said the property is owned by a bank, making it difficult for the borough to go onto the land to mow it.
Although council ultimately opted to have the grass cut and lien the property, if necessary, Councilman Mark Frederick had a unique solution to what he claimed is a problem at various properties in the borough.
“I suggest we ought to consider buying a billy goat for these types of problems,” Frederick said. “It is a problem and goats will eat a lot.”
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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