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Armstrong County awards Belmont Complex contracts

| Friday, April 5, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

KITTANNING — Armstrong County Commissioners awarded contracts for improvements to the Belmont Complex on Thursday.

Commissioners David Battaglia, Robert Bower and Richard Fink each approved the contracts: Sterling Contracting of Pittsburgh for general construction at $1,373,000; Right Electric of Butler for electrical work, at $214,444; McRandal Co. of Pittsburgh for plumbing at $257,400, and D & G Mechanical of Cheswick for mechanical work at $139,000.

Earlier bids received for the addition and renovations for the complex were rejected in March because the amounts came in too high.

During the meeting, Regina Liermann of Kiski argued that her taxes should not be used for recreational purposes and said she had attended meetings in the past seeking public input.

However, Battaglia noted that the majority of the money for the renovations, at least 75 percent, came from state and federal grants.

According to Fink, the public expressed overwhelming support for recreational projects such as the one in progress at Belmont.

Battaglia told Liermann the Belmont project was already well under way.

“Aside from this project, we'll consider your comment,” he said.

Liquid fuels money:

Richard Palilla, executive director of the county's planning and development department, announced the county's 2013 Liquid Fuels County Aid Program allocations to nine county municipalities. For the fifth consecutive year, money has been awarded to municipalities from the liquid fuels program, Palilla said.

A total of $106,773.81 will be distributed to the following:

• Rayburn was awarded $15,000 for a multi-use road project.

• Freeport was awarded $12,000 for milling and paving of Fourth and Third streets and part of Cherry Way.

• Cadogan was awarded $15,000 for alley paving between Chestnut Street and First Avenue.

• Elderton was awarded $2,116.81 for drainage, piping and catch basin installation at South Wood Street, South Eighth Alley and Main Street.

• North Buffalo was awarded $15,000 for pavement improvements and storm sewer replacement at Ferne Drive and Dogwood Lane.

• Worthington was awarded $15,000 for surface coat on Spruce Lane.

• Kiskiminetas was awarded $15,000 for paving of Highland Avenue.

• Leechburg was awarded $5,157 for installation of safety guide rails on Third Street between Floral and Kirkpatrick avenues.

• Ford Cliff was awarded $12,500 for spreading and packing of gravel on Maple, Walnut, Chestnut, Cherry and Birch alleys.

According to Palilla, in the last four years, the county has awarded about $453,000 for projects in 28 municipalities within Armstrong County.

In other business, commissioners:

• Voted 3-0 to adopt the proclamation recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Fink noted that the commissioners supported HAVIN in its efforts to bring more awareness and education to the public concerning domestic violence and abuse.

“Sexual violence is widespread in Armstrong County and affects everyone in the community,” Fink said.

• Voted 3-0 to adopt the proclamation recognizing Kittanning Library's 90 years of service to the community.

Beth Milanak, library director, invited the public to the library's Open House event from 5 to 8 p.m. April 18.

• Acknowledged the recipients of the county's Chamber of Commerce 2013 awards: Andrea Fahlor, Devin Lorigan, Gwen Hickman, Abigail Drumm, Lt. Thomas Dubovi and KPM Herkules.

• Recognized seven 2012 county retirees who attended the meeting: Jim Scahill, former county commissioner for 20 years; Claire Armitage, treasurer's office for 20 years; William Delaney, jail for four years; Bonnie Eisenhuth, Area Agency on Aging for four years; Susan Morgan, Tax Claim for 13 years; Shirley Robinson, Health Center for 27 years; Glenda Schmidt, Health Center for nine years.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or

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