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June 27, 2014

Union Township gets extra housing rehab funds

NEW CASTLE — Union Township has received an extra $300,000 in housing rehabilitation funds this year for low-income residents.

Township zoning officer Linda Farris said the one-time grant will be spent in a target area in the vicinity of the recently completed Scotland Lane sewer project that includes Burns and other side streets.

Farris said those already on the waiting list for housing rehabilitation money will be the first to get funds. The money is in addition to the annual Community Development Block Grant the township receives for housing rehabilitation.

Farris said the Lawrence County Community Action Partnership helped the township apply for the competitive grant. The money will come from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development leftover funds from fiscal year 2012. The supervisors accepted the funding when they met last week. Anyone interested in obtaining the funds should contact township offices.

Also at their meeting, the supervisors and police lieutenant Mark Julian commended a township officer for his efforts to find a missing child. Patrolman Brenton Linton was honored for his investigatory work that resulted in finding a year-old girl suspected of being taken by her mother in violation of a custody order.

The child’s father contacted police May 31 to report the child missing. He said Shannon Charlotte Taylor, 24, his ex-girlfriend, had been at his home and left at his request. Linton traced the woman through the Pittsburgh International Airport to Las Vegas, where the child was found. Taylor has been charged in District Judge Jennifer Nicholson’s court with kidnapping and interfering with custody. She has not yet been returned from Las Vegas and no local hearing has been set.

The supervisors also gave final approval to combining township per capita tax bills with the school district’s bills. Residents will receive only one mailing in July that will include both per capita bills. There will be no discount on the bills, but a 10 percent penalty will be imposed if they are paid after the deadline. Combining the bills is being done to save postage and supplies, the supervisors said.

The township also recently purchased three used vehicles to bring the police department’s fleet to six. The new vehicles are 2008 and 2004 Ford Crown Victorias, which cost $10,000, and $3,500 respectively, and a 2007 Dodge Charger for $9,900.

Supervisor Pat Angiolelli said the new vehicles have low mileage and will help extend the life of the department’s three other high-mileage vehicles.

(Email: grzebieniak@ncnewsonline.com)

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