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Unity Twp. to get grant for comprehensive plan

| Friday, May 4, 2012, 9:33 a.m.

In the mission to revise Unity Township's comprehensive plan, supervisors helped to ensure that residents will get back what they're paying for and then some.

The board recently was told the township would receive a $76,200 grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development toward completion of the $150,000 plan.

Supervisor Mike O'Barto said the township was awarded the funds because the board pledged to budget for $75,000 in expenditures between this year and 2008 to match money made available for the plan's completion.

"In order to get a DCED grant for comprehensive planning, a municipality needs to show responsibility and know where they're going," O'Barto said. "We made the commitment, now we're getting reimbursed."

O'Barto noted the township is working in conjunction with Youngstown Borough to develop the plan.

The plan, which should be completed in 2008, will address infrastructure strategy, police protection needs and municipal authority issues, O'Barto said.

Public meetings to gather feedback on items to include in the plan will be scheduled, O'Barto said.

An original comprehensive plan was created when township zoning first was implemented in 1990, but it has become outdated, O'Barto said.

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