NEW CASTLE —
•The city of New Castle will advertise for bids to pave streets this year.
The list of streets is short, given the limited funds available to the city. Streets to be paved with city funds include:
•Delaware Avenue — Elizabeth Street to Hillcrest Avenue, includes stormwater repairs
•Gardner Avenue — Moravia Street to the second gate at New Castle Recycling
•Elder Street — Scott Street to Ray Street
•Ash Street — Scott Street to Ray Street
•East Main Street — Scott Street to Ray Street
Swansea Street from Liberty Street to a western dead end is optional and will be included if funds are available, according to Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo.
The city has $200,000 in its capital improvement fund for the streets.
Four other streets will be paved with funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They are:
•Moody Avenue — Delaware Avenue to Neshannock Boulevard.
•Locust Street — West Winter Avenue to the bend at Jameson Hospital.
•Paul Street — Butler Avenue to Franklin Avenue.
•West North Street — Lowry Street to Greenwood Avenue.
Mastrangelo said the city has been informed that FEMA has approved approximately $150,000. The city has yet to receive the money.
The money is the result of the city’s application for federal aid following a storm July 10 that caused severe flooding and damaged streets.
Matt Staniszewski, community and economic development director, said the FEMA money will be used to cover the costs of some streets that were paved last year and those to be done this year.
The city also is applying to the county for liquid fuel funds to pave West Washington Street from Diamond Alley to the Columbus Innerbelt.
•New Castle City Council has approved a commendation in honor of Arthur R. Zarone.
The commendation states that Zarone had a long career in education and community service “marked by exemplary dedication in the best interests of the community.”
Zarone served as principal at George Junior Republic and Union High School before beginning a long tenure as executive director of the Lawrence County Vocational Technical School, now called the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center.
After his retirement, he was a member of the formation committee for the Lawrence County Learning Center, then was a charter member of its board of directors. He served as executive director of the center from 2001 through 2009.
Sam Biasucci, president of the learning center’s board, accepted the commendation on Zarone’s behalf Thursday. He noted the Butler County Community College provided courses at the center. Biasucci said he believes that served as the catalyst for the college to build its own facility in Union Township.