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Dunbar Borough gets $5K in grant

| Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 1:01 a.m.

Dunbar Borough will receive technical assistance from the Trail Town Program during the next two years.

Council President Scott Dunn announced Monday night the borough recently received a letter from William Prince, Trail Town Program manager.

“This was made possible with your participation as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Community Development Initiative grant that was recently awarded to enable regional collaboration and technical assistance to all designated Trail Towns across the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition region,” Prince wrote in the letter.

Through the $5,000 grant recently awarded to the borough, Prince said services can be applied to the downtown area and trail tourism revitalization efforts at a regional level.

Those services include business assistance and development marketing, economic research, community connections, real estate development and small business loans, according to the letter.

“The Progress Fund and Trail Town Program staff are excited to continue working with all partners across the region as part of this effort to create an international recreation destination,” Prince said.

Dunn said Donna Holdorf, executive director of the National Road Heritage Corridor, is applying for a $50,000 grant for Sheepskin feasibility.

“Donna wants to get together to set the goals for the Sheepskin Trail,” said Tammy Nedrow, borough secretary. “We need to extend our part of the trail from the historical society to the Pechin property. Every community along the way will pick up a little piece of the trail. Dunbar and Point Marion are completing their sections, and it's up to the little towns in between to complete their sections.”

The Sheepskin Trail is a 34-mile rail-trail through Fayette County. It will alternate between a “rail-trail” and a “rail-with-trail.” It is the missing link to a nationally significant trail system.

When completed, it will link the Great Allegheny Passage, Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail and West Virginia Mon River Trail System. It will link the Youghiogheny, Monongahela and Cheat River watersheds, making it a significant greenway.

The sections currently under development are Dunbar Borough to North Union Township and Point Marion to the West Virginia line.

In other business, council announced it will enforce an ordinance regulating the storage of motor vehicles or parts on private grounds within the borough.

Nedrow said the ordinance requires the removal, repair or alteration of the conditions creating a nuisance or danger to the residents and imposes penalties for violators.

Residents who violate the ordinance will receive a letter from the borough. Residents who ignore the letter will receive certified mail, warning them citations will be issued.

Dave Takac and Rita Graziano of Third Avenue attended the meeting to complain about neighbors who have been burning garbage in violation of the borough's burning ordinance.

Council members advised residents to call 911 if illegal burning happens again. The police department will be sent to investigate and citations will be issued against the violators, they said.

Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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