New Castle News

April 4, 2013

Assessment appeal to be reviewed

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The Neshannock supervisors and school district will join the Lawrence County commissioners to review a tax assessment by Lightner Greene.

The three taxing bodies will share in the cost of the assessment appeal by the senior citizen housing complex on Mitchell Road.

Property owners are asking to lower the appraisal, noting the units are rented to senior citizens on fixed incomes and rents are based on income.

Township policeman and dog handler Al DeCarbo also visited the supervisors to introduce Abi, the 14-month-old German shepherd, that arrived from the Czech Republic last week.

The township is seeking donations to offset some of the cost of the dog. The municipality paid $6,000 for the animal and will pay about $6,000 to outfit a police car to accommodate the dog and another $6,000 for training for the dog and handler.

The township received donations of about $2,100 from supervisor chairman Ralph Sheen, $1,500 from Giant Eagle and a $50 donation from a resident.

The supervisors also discussed hiring summer workers, purchasing or leasing golf carts to be used at Pearson Park and Walmo ball fields, summer grass cutting and repairing the Pearson Park tennis courts.

These items are expected to be resolved at the supervisors next meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m. April 23.

Also at their meeting, the supervisors:

•Authorized the purchase of a 2013 Ford Interceptor through a state program. The car, for the police department, will be bought for $24,359 through Milham Ford of Easton Pa.

•Hired Christian Kliem to fill a temporary vacancy in the sewer department, retroactive to April 1. Kliem, a member of the township road crew, is filling in for an employee on sick leave.

•Approved a zoning map change for property at 3020 Wilmington Road from R-1 residential to C-2 highway commercial to accommodate a planned skilled nursing facility.

•Approved the land development plan for First Choice Federal Credit Union at Orchard Way. The plan has received favorable reviews from the Lawrence County and Neshannock Township planning commissions and RAR Engineering. Approval by the supervisors is needed to obtain a building permit.