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Connellsville Redevelopment Authority meeting set to discuss Aaron's building

| Friday, Dec. 11, 2009

What to do with the Aaron's building. That question will be discussed during a meeting Monday at Connellsville City Hall.

Connellsville Redevelopment Authority members were told Thursday that a representative of Preservation Pennsylvania, which has been assigned to do preservation planning at the six trails towns, will be in town Monday when discussion of the Aaron's building will take place.

Representatives will give city leaders ideas on how to renovate and maintain the building rather than tearing it down.

The meeting is set for 11 a.m.

City health officials have cited concern with the building, stating it is posing a danger.

In other business, the authority adopted its 2010 budget that shows approximately $137,000 in anticipated revenues and $124,000 in expenditures with the extra $13,000 to hold onto in the event the authority receives less money than anticipated or if an emergency occurs.

The budget includes 3 percent salary increases for director Michael Edwards and administrative assistant Paula Grubach .

"We all think you deserve more," said board Chairman Dexston Reed.

The authority changed the date for regular monthly meetings from the second Thursday of the month to the third Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m.

The authority also agreed to pay $8,985 to R&J Network for cameras to be installed in three separate locations at Yough River Park including the area of Stewart's Crossing.

In other business:

• The authority accepted a proposal to demolish two small-framed structures along Cottage Avenue and Prospect Street with the lowest responsible bid being Richard Allen for $8,515.

• The authority voted for R.G. Fleishman to take out the radiators at the auditorium at the Connellsville Community Center and replace them with two separate gas-fired furnaces for $9,970.

• Edwards reported that he has received four written requests after a public hearing on Community Development Block Grant projects for 2010 including one for New Haven Hose Co. for payments on a pumper truck. The public has until Dec. 18 to submit project ideas to the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority.

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