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Trafford to apply for grant for Westmoreland Park upgrade

| Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

After changing consultants, Trafford Council is applying for a $250,000 state grant to improve Westmoreland Park.

Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to apply for funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority and commit to paying 20 percent of the project, which would be up to $50,000.

The borough's consultants from Morris Knowles and Associates gave a “conservative” cost estimate of $258,235 that accounted for potential contingency costs.

A previous estimate by former consultant Rich Rauso came in around $190,000, but officials said a big reason for the cost difference is officials now are planning to make the two pavilions “flashier” by designing them to look like foundry roofs.

“We figured if we're going to do it, let's do it right the first time because this may be our only opportunity,” Councilwoman Vicki Megon.

Added Councilman John Daykon, “This is a once-in a lifetime chance to get somebody to pay for 80 percent of it.”

Among the other planned work is improvements to the restrooms and parking lots to make them compliant with federal Americans With Disabilities Act regulations.

Noting council's past criticism of Rauso's estimate, Henry Schultz asked Daykon how the project would work in the borough's budget.

Daykon said council would have to shift some funds, but he is projecting a surplus in the budget.

“Right now, I don't see any issue with $50,000,” he said.

In a separate vote, council approved paying Rauso $1,450 for his work on the park project.

Fire station

Demolition of the former fire station on Duquesne Avenue tentatively is scheduled to begin on July 27, Manager Jeff McLaughlin said.

The Westmoreland County redevelopment authority approved a $19,900 contract for A.W. McNabb to tear down the building and the two staircases that connect Duquesne to Edgewood Avenue.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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