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County puts $30,000 into Downtown Kittanning

| Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, 12:02 a.m.

KITTANNING — Armstrong County has designated $30,000 of its $58,489 Marcellus Legacy Fund money from 2012 to a Kittanning Borough street revitalization project, county officials announced at their public meeting on Thursday.

The funding is for the town's Downtown Kittanning Impact Project and will be used for street design costs.

The project is meant to improve and redesign traffic flow and fix streets in the borough.

The county's Industrial Development Council (IDC) and Industrial Development Authority (IDA) are involved in that project, according to county officials.

‘Great fit for the money'

“We believe it's a great fit for what the money is intended for,” said Carly Cowan, the county's Marcellus shale coordinator.

The Marcellus Legacy Fund, based on a per-well fee on Marcellus drilling operations, receives revenue from the Marcellus impact fees of which a percentage is distributed equally to each of the commonwealth's counties to spend as they choose for environmental initiatives for the planning, acquisition, development rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, natural areas, community conservation and beautification projects.

‘Fix the streets'

“It's really going to improve Market Street,” said Kittanning Council President Chris Schiano of receiving money from Marcellus shale.

“Fix the streets as much as we can.”

Armstrong, in addition to the Marcellus Legacy Fund, received about $500,000 and another $1 million to distribute to its townships and boroughs from the impact fees from Marcellus drilling production directly generated within the county.

Mitch Fryer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303 or mfryer@tribweb.com.

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