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Kittanning Council approves downtown revitalization

| Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, 1:06 a.m.

KITTANNING — Borough council gave the green light Monday for improvements to begin for a section of downtown after opening its recessed meeting from Aug. 5.

Council had recessed the meeting then to accommodate the second of two required public meetings regarding how the 2013 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) — totaling $80,889 — should be spent.

The application deadline is Sept. 20.

Discussion during the first public meeting in March focused on using the funds for the downtown revitalization project.

The second public meeting on Monday was held just before the council commenced its meeting.

Only two area residents showed up.

Jennifer Bellas, director of the county's community development office, said that the revitalization project will focus on Market Street from the intersection of North McKean Street to the intersection at North Grant Avenue.

The project will include new concrete sidewalks with brick overlay, curbs, underground utility lines, lights and mast arms and parking meters.

“We'd love to have done all of Market,” said Bellas.

Of the $80,889 in allocated grant money, $68,756 will be available for the project once administrative fees have been deducted, said Bellas.

Council voted 5-0 to approve the 2013 CDBG application.

Council members Betsy Wilt, Joie Pryde, Ange Turco, Kim Fox and President Chris Schiano voted for the measure. Councilmen Richard Reedy, Andy Peters and Michael Rosenberger were absent.

Bellas noted that Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission and PennDOT will work on other projects within the borough within the same time frame.

Those projects include replacing the traffic signal at the Water and Walnut streets intersection and repainting the Kittanning Citizens Bridge next spring.

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

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