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Ford City OKs contract for riverfront trail

| Tuesday, June 12, 2007

FORD CITY -- Development of a 1,000-foot segment of a riverfront trail will get under way this week, council said at a public meeting Monday.

The borough's recreational trail project, connecting the existing trail to the river in the area of its Heritage and Technology Industrial Park, will allow trail lovers to walk and bike along the Allegheny River.

The cost to construct the first phase of the project is $72,000, and will be done by Clearwater Construction, of Mercer.

Council awarded the contract to the low bidder, Clearwater.

Councilwoman Renee Zacour said the contractor will start in the next several days and finish the work in about two months.

"It was under budget,' Zacour said. "We'll be able to expand and pay for engineering fees."

The full project is being funded by a $150,000 state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) grant that the borough matched with $150,000 of an $805,000 state Infrastructure Development Program grant.

"We are doing it in phases," Councilman Tim Malec said. "When we finish this, we'll apply for another DCNR grant."

In other borough business, council:

• Announced that the borough's engineer had submitted the bid specifications for the Ford Street improvement project to PennDOT.

Councilman Homer Pendleton said that he still hopes to brick and replace sidewalks and curbs for the main downtown business district street, Ford Street, this year.

"We need to push PennDOT now," Pendleton said.

• Discussed a landlord-tenant ordinance.

Councilman John Rudosky suggested that council first schedule a read-through of the new ordinance. He also recommended a public hearing be held before advertising the ordinance and voting on it.

Pendleton recommended Sept. 1 as an effective date for the ordinance.

Mayor Marc Mantini commented on the need for the ordinance.

"Many of our problems come from absentee landlords," Mantini said.

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