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Borough to use DCED grant for salt storage shed

| Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, 9:15 a.m.

At its recent meeting, Scottdale Council voted to have borough Manager Angelo Pallone contact the Department of Community and Economic Development to inform the group that the $25,000 awarded to the borough for façade improvement will now be used to purchase and erect a new salt storage building.

The grant was allotted earlier in the year, but the money that was used to improve facades of non-profit organizations facilities only has not been used.

“We can use the $25,000 towards the shed, but we have to commit to it,” Pallone explained.

The new salt storage unit will replace the current one that is need of replacement.

“The salt shed is in deplorable condition, and it can't be repaired,” councilman Jack Davis said.

Davis said a new structure will cost between $35,000 to $50,000, but with the grant money plus the savings that the borough will realize through the elimination of an administrative position, the new unit will be paid for expediently.

Pallone told council he is presently researching different options to have the meetings televised, then run on the local cable channel.

Council Vice President Bud Santimyer told council that a suggestion had been made by a borough business owner to close off the alleyway that runs between the Scottdale Pharmacy and the Chain bakery making that area a walkway, while also creating numerous new parking spaces in the process.

“That would add approximately four parking spaces,” Santimyer said, explaining that closing off the alley would then eliminate the cross walks on both sides plus add 20 feet on either side of the alley entrance that is now designated as no-parking.

Council passed a motion to have Pallone contact the appropriate agencies about the removal of the ramps by the alley and to move forward with the project.

Council also voted to allow business owner Doug Kropff to close off the sidewalks in the front of his business for façade repairs for safety reasons.

The parking meters directly across from the business also will be bagged to allow traffic flow on the right side of Pittsburgh Street as the section in front of Kropff's Jewelry will be closed off on the left side of the street.

The annual Halloween parade will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 30, with the line starting at Loucks Park at 6 p.m.

Borough Trick or Treat will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 28

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.