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Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, 6:09 p.m.

Connellsville City Council will discuss the demolition of three houses during its meeting on Wednesday.

Council will meet at city hall at 7 p.m.

On the agenda, council will vote on approving the demolition of structures once Community Development Block Grant funds are approved and received.

The structures are located at 916 Aetna St., 1018-1020 Aetna St. and 108-110 Gallatin Ave.

“We discussed (the three properties) at the health board meeting,” Councilwoman Marilyn Weaver said. “We approved the demolition (requests) and sent them on to council for approval.”

“When will those funds be available,” she asked? “We don't know just when. As soon as those funds are available, then they will be put out to bid.”

Michael Edwards, executive director of the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority, said the three properties were on a list submitted to the state on Sept. 5 for the latest round of funding. It could be some time before demolition begins.

Also on Wednesday, Councilman Greg Ritch will present resolutions for the sale of three vacant properties owned by the city, two on Run Avenue and one on Francis Avenue.

Ritch said these properties are part of a group of about 40 owned by the city. The city wants to put the property back on the tax rolls, he said. In April, council put two other properties up for sale.

Mayor Charles Matthews will present a resolution to council adopting a policy protecting individuals engaged in nonviolent civil rights demonstrations. City Clerk Antoinette Tesauro said the adoption of the policy is a requirement of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Council is also slated to set trick or treating in the city. The date to be discussed on Wednesday is Oct. 27.

Council will vote on closing several streets in the city beginning at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 for New Haven Hose Company's Halloween parade.

Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-626-3538.

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