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March 26, 2014

Mahoning to seek bids for new building

NEW CASTLE — The Mahoning supervisors plan to advertise for bids for construction of a new township building within two weeks.

They agreed unanimously at a special meeting Tuesday to borrow $2.2 million to build a new township office building behind the existing one at 4152 W. State St., Hillsville.

Once it is completed, the old building will be demolished and the area it occupies will become the new building’s parking lot.

The supervisors have said the current building is beyond repair because of a leaky roof, poor insulation and other structural problems.

The propane bill to heat it in February was $6,000, Supervisor Gary Pezzuolo said. He expects that to drop to about $2,500 per month in the new building.

The supervisors plan to pay back the loan using about $60,000 annually saved from a vacant road worker position, and private contributions that have been received from local groups, including the Mahoning Sportsmen’s Association and the Johnson Club.

The township also is hoping to start receiving royalties soon from the lease of 54 acres of township property for Marcellus Shale drilling. That could bring in $210,000 annually, Pezzuolo said.

He expects the building to take eight to 10 months to construct, Pezzuolo said, and hopes to have it completed by December.

The township police department will remain in the community center, which is just east of the township building.

Pezzuolo said after the meeting that adding the department and bays for police cars would have increased the cost of the new building too much. He said that security issues also were a concern.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the supervisors:

•Approved mutual aid agreements with Bessemer Borough and North Beaver Township police departments.

•Moved next month’s regular meeting to 4 p.m. April 7.

(Email: grzebieniak@ncnewsonline.com)

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