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Rec board addresses Scottdale park maintenance

| Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, 2:51 a.m.

Park maintenance and upkeep was one of the focal points of the monthly meeting of the Scottdale Parks and Recreation Committee.

Members talked of issues with grass and weeds in the parks and the continued lack of work completion.

Scottdale borough Manager Angelo Pallone said that he is aware of the issues with the contractor who is to cut the grass and trim, and he is addressing the situation.

“Areas are being cut but not trimmed,” Pallone said, adding that some areas have gone for weeks without being cut. “I have to answer to the public and to the committee.”

A few families in the borough have stated they would step forward to cut their neighborhood parks, but they are not permitted to do so.

“It's a matter of liability,” Pallone said.

Pallone said that he is looking into the legal steps that are to be taken to rectify the situation with the contractor.

Fencing in some of the parks also is a concern, especially in the Pittsburgh Street and Garfield park areas.

“Much of the fence needs repaired in the Pittsburgh Street and Garfield parks,” committee member Bruce Eberly said. “There are also other maintenance issues such as a retaining wall that is falling down.”

Eberly also said that the concession stand in the Garfield Park needs some maintenance performed.

“It really needs some TLC,” Eberly said.

The committee also discussed the playground equipment in the Pittsburgh Street Park.

“It could use power-washed and then scraped and painted,” Eberly said of the equipment.

The committee also discussed mulch that is needed to be placed in park areas, with Pallone stating that he will research the difference in the price of wood mulch and rubber mulch.

“It has to be a certain type of wood mulch, it has to be a certain grade,” Pallone said.

Committee member Andy Pinskey said that certain parks such as Garfield, Kendi and Barkley parks were CDBG projects 10 years ago and they could possibly revisit the grant as a maintenance option since the parks were already accepted years ago.

Pallone said that he had no idea if any CDBG funding would be available for park projects, and CDBG money for 2012 had been considered for ADA projects in the borough.

“I was told that at this time, Scottdale does not qualify and I can't tell you that they will or that they won't be accepted,' Pallone said of any CDBG grants that would be considered to help with park projects. “I was told that these areas have to be surveyed. We need to find out the specifics.”

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.