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New Stanton breaks ground on municipal building

| Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, 8:55 p.m.
Steph Chambers | Trib Total Media
Robert Lettrich (from left), Tom Smith, Linda Echard, Wilbur Bussard, Dean Clark, Brandon Clawson, Scott Sistek,Todd Bartlow and Nick DeSantis break ground on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 for a new borough building. It will be an addition to its public works building at 318 Paintersville Road in New Stanton.

One building soon will house all local government services in New Stanton Borough.

Council officials held a groundbreaking Monday for a new $434,897 municipal building to be added to the public works building on Paintersville Road.

The 2,100-square-foot addition will house tax and zoning offices, staff offices and council's meeting room, President Scott Sistek said.

“We needed more space, and we thought this was the year to do it,” he said.

Council began using the current municipal building on North Center Avenue in the 1970s, borough officials said.

The new building will be one story, with a brick exterior and standing seam metal roof, said architect Robert Lettrich of Lettrich Group Architect of Charleroi.

Construction will begin soon and take 200 days to complete, he added.

“I think it blends in and will be complementary to the existing facility,” Lettrich said.

“And everything will be in one spot for better control by the borough,” he added.

Councilwoman Linda Echard, chairwoman of council's building and real estate committee, said she is glad council no longer will have to ask residents to leave the meeting room when officials want to hold executive sessions.

Instead, council will go to another room in the new building, she explained. That's not possible in the current cramped municipal building.

“It's going to be a whole lot better, much nicer for the public,” Echard said.

Council will pay the expense for the new building through the local services tax over a 20-year period, Sistek said.

The support of council and the community of about 2,165 people was key in bringing the building plans to fruition, he said.

Swede Construction of Elizabeth is the general contractor. Subcontractors are Newman Plumbing and Heating of Zelienople, Gerard Plumbing of Moon and Brevaco Electrical of Kittanning.

Wilbur Bussard, a councilman for more than 35 years, said he hoped to witness the day when the borough had a new municipal building.

“We stepped slowly, but we stepped surely,” he said. “This is going to be wonderful.”

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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