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Perry aims for $40K grant to upgrade parks' playgrounds

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Thursday, April 3, 2014, 2:32 p.m.

Perry Township supervisors are in the process of submitting a $40,000 grant application that would fund playground projects this summer.

Chairman A.J. Boni said on Tuesday that the township will apply for the grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in mid-April.

The supervisors could learn in May or June if they rwill eceive the funding, Boni said.

Boni said the $40,000 grant will be matched with in-kind services provided by the township.

“The in-kind services would provide our match for the project,” Boni said. “The township has received many grants in recent years that have helped the supervisors make improvements to its playgrounds and ballfields.”

This year's playground project calls for installing barrier fence between the Weiss Memorial Park playground and parking area.

Boni said plans call for providing handicapped access to the bleachers at the Star Junction ballfield and at Weiss Memorial Park. The access would bring the sites into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The township plans to replace the bleachers at the Star Junction ballfield and Weiss Memorial Park and to install solid surfaces under the new bleachers at both locations.

In other action, the supervisors plan to spend about $85,000 to $90,000 in state liquid fuel funds to pave township roads this summer.

Boni said plans call for the township to pave Wickhaven Hollow Road. The supervisors plan to apply seal-coating to Old Route 51, Fayette City Boulevard and Blue Top Road.

If money is left over, Boni said, the township will make improvements to Holly and Maplewood roads.

“We have a total of about $110,000 in liquid fuel funds, but we plan to save about $20,000 that we can use for other township projects,” he said.

Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.

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