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East Park enhancement possible if authority matches grant funds

| Friday, May 11, 2001

A $225,000 Keystone grant the city previously received from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources may greatly enhance East Park in Connellsville, according to Ralph Wombacker, redevelopment authority executive director.

Wombacker explained at the meeting this week that the authority has to match the funds in order to receive the grant. If they succeed, the park could be immensely enhanced.

'There would be tennis courts, a new ballfield, basketball courts, renovations to the band shell area, renovations to the bathroom facilities and there's a good possibility of a spray pool,' Wombacker said.

Wombacker said that $40,000 was earmarked for the project last year and $89,000 was earmarked in 2001. He said $10,000 has been allocated by state Rep. Jim Shaner's office; Allegheny Power has given $10,000 and pledged an additional $10,000. Additionally, a $15,000 grant is pending from state Sen. Richard Kasunic's office. However, it is still not enough to get the project started.

Wombacker said that if the authority gets the needed matching funds, 'we can make it happen.'

In other business, the authority:

  • Agreed to pay Guynn's Remodeling & Construction Company $63,870.00 for the work that has been done at the Senior Citizen's Center.

  • Agreed to pay $94,285.00 to D & M Contracting Inc., for the Arch Street Storm Sewer project that is 75 percent complete, according to Richard Widmer, vice president of Widmer Engineering, the redevelopment authority's engineering firm.

    'The Arch Street project is moving along pretty well and the final pieces of pipe should be installed,' Widmer said.

    Widmer added that concrete work on the curbs and sidewalks needs to be completed, and the road needs re-paved, then the project will be finished.

    The storm sewer project on Arch Street was performed to keep water out of the downtown area, according to Wombacker. Phase two of the project will include the extension of the sewer line up to Church Place and Cottage Avenue.

    'There will also be lateral lines running outward towards Crawford Avenue,' he said.

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