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June 14, 2012

Township asked to help with Millennium Park

NEW CASTLE — The Neshannock Township supervisors were asked Wednesday to help the Lawrence County Economic Development Corp. develop Millennium Park.

Linda Nitch, the corporation’s director, asked the supervisors to approve a developer’s agreement with her organization to enable it to install a sewer line through the largely vacant industrial park. She noted the development corporation and the township supervisors had been negotiating that agreement.

Nitch explained the development corporation is anticipating constructing a “multi-tenant spec building” on the portion of the property that recently had been graded.

She said everything is ready to go on her end, including a bond in place to pay for the 2,000-foot sewer line along Keystone Drive in the park. She added the organization must spend the money allocated to the project by June 30.

Nitch asked that the agreement be OK’d by the officials, pending approval of the solicitor, or that a special meeting be set to approve the agreement. The supervisors did neither at Wednesday’s session.

The supervisors next scheduled meeting is July 18.

Supervisor Ed Stevens said the supervisors would like to see the project proceed, but noted it is in the hands of their solicitor.

Township solicitor Lou Perrotta said he has referred the paperwork to attorney Joseph Linehan of Pittsburgh, special counsel to deal with Millennium Park.

“He has been in touch with me and is taking it from here,” Perrotta said, adding he expects to hear from the other attorney “in a couple of weeks.”

“Time is of the essence,” Nitch reminded the supervisors.

(Email: nlowry@ncnewsonline.com)

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