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Contract awarded for dance pavilion roof
New Castle City Council has awarded a contract to replace the roofing at the Cascade Park dance pavilion. Schafer Construction of New Castle was awarded the pact for a total of $79,853.
Conservation district to offer pruning training
The Lawrence County Conservation District is offering free training on how to prune trees. A training event will begin at 9:30 a.m. April 11 at Riverwalk Park in downtown New Castle along the Neshannock Creek.
Lawmakers run up $2 million in undocumented expenses
Lawmakers racked up $2 million in undocumented expenses for hotel rooms and meals last year under loose rules that allow them to collect payments for expenses even when the Legislature isn’t in session, according to records obtained under a Right-to-Know request.
Our Opinion: What happens if shale gas operations cause earthquakes?
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has no plans to take any action regarding several recent earthquakes in Ohio.
City finishes in black again
The city of New Castle has ended another year in the black. Revenue exceeded expenses by $41,936.47 in 2013, according to a financial report prepared by Stephanie Dean, the city’s chief financial officer/business administrator.
Columbia Gas wants 10.4 percent rate hike
Columbia Gas is seeking a rate increase that would boost residential bills by more than 10 percent. The company said the proposed hike, filed with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, is intended to recover the cost of various infrastructure improvements in the state. The additional amount requested is $54.1 million.
Our Opinion: Recording executive sessions will limit abuse
Whenever governing bodies have public meetings, they often opt to conduct executive sessions.This is perfectly legal under Pennsylvania law — so long as the basic purpose for the executive session is explained to the public and so long as officials refrain from discussing matters in private that are required to be addressed in the open.
DEP: Drillers extract thousands of tons of hot rocks
Environmental watchdogs say a system for tracking radioactive material unearthed during gas drilling depends too much on the industry’s self-policing, making it impossible to judge how much waste is generated or how dangerous it might be.
Senate bill would freeze tax bills for seniors
Some state senators want to freeze property tax rates for seniors, protecting them from costs that could force them from their homes, but at least one critic dismisses the move as a bid to curry votes.
Shenango sewer sale hearing set
Shenango Township supervisors will decide next week whether or not to sell the township sewer system. A hearing on whether to sell the sewers to the New Castle Sanitation Authority has been set for 6 p.m. March 31 at the Township Municipal Building, 1000 Willowbrook Road. Supervisors will vote on the sale at the meeting.
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