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North Charleroi purchases lot for war memorial expansion

| Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

In a continued effort to clean up the borough, North Charleroi Council recently purchased a property near the Lock Street Veterans Memorial.

Solicitor Christine Cardinale informed council at Monday's monthly business meeting that the borough has the title to the empty building at 418 Fifth St.

Council is also trying to purchase the adjacent property. Cardinale said she will be contacting the neighboring building's owner in Virginia and said she is confident the borough will obtain the property for “fair market value.”

Council will be applying for grant money to help pay for the demolition of the buildings, as well as a subsequent war memorial expansion project. Borough officials want to build a meditation area on the two lots.

Resident Vladimir Kash thanked council for “every gracious kindness” extended to him – referring to council's “patience,” as he deals with several code violations on his Short Street property.

Kash, who formerly owned a moving business, has multiple tractor-trailer trucks parked in front of his house and on his property – many without current inspection stickers and not in driving condition, according to borough officials.

After fielding multiple complaints from residents over the years, borough officials started citing Kash.

Kash also addressed feral cats he keeps on his property, telling council he intends to spay a female cat that recently had a litter of kittens.

In other business, council is continuing its verification of the number of residents utilizing the borough's waste collection services through County Hauling.

The annual efforts are to assure that when a new contract is due, the borough is not overcharged based on the number of actual residents, which varies year to year.

Miranda Startare is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

Council also voted to accept the fourth quarter offer for a seven percent rate increase in health insurance premiums for street department employees. The locked rate will be effective until November 2014.

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