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August 27, 2013

City seeks community development money

NEW CASTLE — Demolition and bleachers replacement are two activities the city of New Castle plans to undertake with a $300,000 grant.

Council has approved submitting an application for the community development block grant to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Council conducted a public hearing on the application last week.

Tammi Gibson, community development coordinator, said the money — the same amount as this year — will probably be available in 2014.

Following is how the money is to be spent:

•Demolition — $67,570

•Payment on a loan to cover the city’s match for downtown revitalization — $22,430

•Code enforcement department salaries — $100,000

•Replacement of bleachers at ballfields — $15,000

•Cascade Quarry improvements — $16,000

•Renovations to two fire stations/equpment — $25,000

•General administration and audit — $25,000

Gibson said the bleacher replacement would be done at one ballfield in the first year, with other ballfields to be considered in subsequent years.

Work at the Cascade Quarry includes improving access roads and making the area compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The $16,000 grant for the quarry will match a $25,000 grant the city is seeking from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The quarry is at the corner of Cascade Street and Countyline Road and is stocked with trout by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

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