New Castle News

Local News

June 15, 2014

Township to refinance bond issue

NEW CASTLE — Neshannock Township is planning to refinance a 2011 bond issue.

The savings — $200,000 to $240,000 — equals one bond payment, according to secretary/treasurer Leslie Bucci. The bond issue was used to pay for sewer lines at Millennium Park.

The supervisors agreed to enter an agreement with bond underwriter Alisha Philips of Janney Montgomery Scott of Pittsburgh.

They also entered an agreement with attorney Lynn Freeman of Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney of Pittsburgh for bond counsel for the transaction.

The supervisors at their meeting also:

•Agreed to spend $1,050 for an engineering study of sewer line problems near the Ludwig Road lift station. Officials said the line ruptured twice in the past six months, on Rosedale Avenue and on Spring Garden Avenue.

•Approved a $15,625 contract with Graziani Construction Inc. of New Castle to install water line and access road to the Autumn Hills Lift station. The cost is to be reimbursed to the township by the developer.

•Approved a resolution to pay $9,295 to the New Castle Area Transit Authority as a local match for bus service for 2014-15. The amount is a 4 percent increase from last year’s agreement. The cost is shared by local businesses that benefit from the bus services, including Jameson Health System, Giant Eagle and Call’s Plaza Associates.

•Agreed to purchase a used 2008 golf cart from E-Z-Go for $1,650. The township currently leases golf carts for use at Pearson Park, Walmo and Hess Ice Rink.

•Hired Michael Baker and Patrick Danglidis at $7.25 per hour as seasonal help for the park, road and sewer departments. They replace Matt Seltzer, David Burkes and Jonathan Wherry, who were previously hired as summer help but accepted employment elsewhere.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • PipeDreams.jpg Concert to feature sounds of ’60s

    This week’s Friday Night Live at Riverwalk Amphitheater will feature a 1960s theme. Entertainment will be provided by Pipe Dreams. The group performs a tribute to the British Invasion and American rock ’n roll with music from The Beatles, Stones, Doors, Monkees and hits from Motown and Philly.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • well.jpg Environmental groups oppose forced pooling

    An effort by local landowners to have forced pooling declared unconstitutional is getting some outside support. Two environmental groups — Delaware Riverkeeper Network and Mountain Watershed Association — have filed a friend of the court brief with Commonwealth Court. They are asking that the court review forced pooling, which is part of a 1961 Oil and Gas Conservation Law, before scheduled hearings take place.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • CashMob.jpg Cash Mob returns Saturday to downtown

    The New Visions Destination Downtown Action Team will host a cash mob Saturday in downtown New Castle.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • wampum_gazebo.jpg Wampum Homecoming draws near

    The 22nd annual Wampum Homecoming Weekend is scheduled for this weekend. It is sponsored by the Wampum Area Business Association.


    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg City imposing new regulations for vendors

    The city of New Castle is tightening regulations and imposing new ones for mobile food and transient vendors.


    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg New recreation fees adopted

    New Castle City Council has adopted a new fee schedule for Cascade and Darlington parks. The new schedule runs from 2014 through 2016.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • HolidayInn.jpg Union Township getting another hotel

    Union Township is getting a Holiday Inn Express. John McClure, owner of McClure Realty, said he had closed a transaction Thursday on 3.8 acres on West State Street for the venture, a couple hundred yards west of the Hampton Inn.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • audit.jpg Shenango pension fund audit due ‘this summer’

    The audit report of the Shenango Township pension funds are expected to be released this summer.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • HIShands.jpg Local youths team up with His Hands Ministries to do home repair for those who can’t afford it

    Area youth from various Lawrence County churches started lending a helping hand Wednesday to residents in need. The annual Lawrence County Youth Ministries service event brings together students and adults for three days of volunteering. It is part of His Hands Ministries, an initiative involving local churches and volunteers who split into work groups to perform  home improvement tasks for elderly and low-income homeowners in the community.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blight.jpg Funds would target Lower East Side demolition

    The Lawrence County planning department and New Castle officials are partnering to wipe out neighborhood blight. They plan to start with the city’s Lower East Side.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo