Backing Gussie

Walker grant

A resolution supporting efforts of the Gussie Walker Community Outreach Center was unanimously approved this week by New Castle City Council.

The South Side agency, with plans to construct a youth center, will apply for a $500,000 Keystone Communities grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Since New Castle is a distressed city under Act 47 and the poverty rate of the community is greater than 39 percent, the applicant will request that the state lower the amount of local match needed for the application.

Pump station

to be installed

City council on Thursday approved a land development plan authorizing Hickory Run Energy LLC of North Beaver Township to install a pump station on the property of the New Castle Sanitation Authority at 512 Montgomery Ave.

The station is necessary to convey treated raw water to the New Hickory Run Energy facility in North Beaver Township.

City approves

new poles

New Castle city council this week approved resolutions allowing ExteNet Systems Inc. to install wooden poles in the right-of-ways at 111 W. Falls St.  and 253 E. Washington St.

The poles are needed to support the network's operations with equipment and a wireless communications antenna for ExteNet's fiber optic cable  network.

Civil Service

rules upgraded

A resolution upgrading fire and police civil service rules and regulations changes was approved on Thursday by New Castle city council. These changes were recommended by the city's Civil Service Board.

Council was notified of the rules and regulation changes at its Tuesday night workshop.

Fair housing

police approved

A resolution reestablishing New Castle's fair housing police was approved by city council.

The policy outlaws discrimination in the sale, rental, leasing or financing of housing or land to build a house and states that the city will assist anyone who feels he or she has been discriminated against.

Conditional use

requests OK'd

By a 3-2 vote, New Castle City Council approved the conditional use request of Robert Taft to operate a climate-controlled storage operation and moving supplies and sales at 115 N. Jefferson St., the former Jefferson Court Motel.

Councilmen Richard Beshero, Paul Stefano and chairman Bill Panella approved the request. Tom Smith and Tim Fulkerson opposed.

Council unanimously approved the conditional request of Lisa Madison to establish a daycare operation as a home occupation at 1315 Pennsylvania Ave. She plans to care for up to six children between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. with flexible child care provided as needed.

Council also approved was the request of Five Star Store It New Castle LLC to expand a self-storage operation at 720 Croton Ave.

Ordinance

introduced

An ordinance to create eight lots at Cascade Galleria, the former Towne Mall on south Jefferson Street, was introduced Thursday by New Castle city council.

The request, by Tom Wilson of Wilson Family LP and Cascade Commons, proposes subdividing the existing two lots at the site into eight.  

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