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Connellsville: Fire-damaged structure torn down

| Thursday, March 11, 2004

3D Construction has torn down the house at 344 N. Pittsburgh St. destroyed by a Jan. 4 fire.

At its regular meeting Wednesday, Ralph Wombacker, executive director of the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority, said that 3D Construction of Connellsville, submitted the low bid of $6,000 for the demolition work and received all city-required permits.

He said that the company will not receive payment until the debris is removed from the site.

At its Feb. 25 meeting, Connellsville City Council approved using $6,000 in 2002 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money, which had not yet been used to destroy dilapidated properties, for the project. The home's owners carried no fire insurance.

In other business:

= The authority approved 3D Construction for two additional CDBG projects, that it tabled in February. 3D submitted low bids of $26,700 for two sections of wall and concrete steps at Cameron Court and $88,435 for the Church Street storm sewer project.

= The authority will present to city council two proposals for further decorative lighting on Crawford Avenue. Wombacker recommends the first of Allegheny Power's proposals, which involve 22 12-foot lights from the bridge to Eighth Street and will cost $72,830. Current decorative lights are 12 feet high. The second proposal costs $83,761 for 25 14-foot lights.

Wombacker said that the first proposal will leave enough of the original $81,000 light budget to purchase banner poles. The decorative light budget has three sources: $22,000 in 2002 CDBG money, $20,000 in Federal Enterprise Community money and $39,000 in 2003 CDBG money.

The first proposal of 22 lights will provide .94 average foot-candle level lighting; the Illuminating Engineering Society recommends .9 foot-candle level. The second, with 25 lights, provides 1.0 foot-candle level. The current foot-candle level on Crawford from the bridge to Eighth Street is .69, according to tests performed by Allegheny Power.

= The authority also approved a payment of $8,400 to Marshall Elevator for materials used in constructing the elevator at the Greater Connellsville Community Center. It authorized $29,508 in materials in February. $12,092 remains in the materials budget.

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