A “working dog” assigned to a disabled person may be exempt from the usual public housing pet security deposit.

Lawrence County Housing Authority officials will investigate the request by Ray Geibel, president of the McGrath Manor Tenants Council, regarding the dogs.

Geibel told board members yesterday that a disabled resident in his high-rise will be receiving a dog trained to help him live independently.

“But he’s telling everyone that if they are disabled, they are entitled to get a dog or cat — and that they don’t have to pay the deposit,” he said. “I want to know what is the policy before everyone gets dogs and cats.”

Currently, residents with pets must pay a $99 security deposit.

Robert Evanick, the authority’s executive director, said he will refer the question to the solicitor.

However, he said, he believes dogs assigned to disabled individuals may qualify as a “reasonable accommodation” under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

“But he must apply and he must show us his paperwork,” Evanick added.

Dennis Marlowe, assistant maintenance superintendent, reported painting has been completed in Skyview Tower, Lawrence Manor and McGrath Manor and is about 50 percent complete at Crescent Manor in Ellwood City.

The authority amended its swimming pool ordinance requiring public housing neighborhoods to follow the city’s regulations. This includes obtaining insurance and installing a fence around pools that are two feet deep or more.

Section 8 coordinator Gene DiGennaro reported that between January and July, 36 tons of surplus food was delivered to high-rise residents.

The board approved continuing the architect contract with RCI for a third year, and opened solicitor proposals from current solicitor Louis Perrotta and Joseph Kearney. Both were referred to Evanick and the evaluation committee.

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