Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

MON VALLEY BRIEFS [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

MON VALLEY BRIEFS [Derived Headline]

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* Duquesne, the Duquesne Redevelopment Authority and the Duquesne Business Association have a plan to revitalize the city.

City council took the first step by authorizing an application for a $600,000 grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

The money would be used in four phases: $300,000 for the rehab- for-resale program; $75,000 for vacant tax-delinquent property, with the money going toward giving such holdings to adjacent properties; $75,000 to supplement the city's demolition program; and $150,000 earmarked for the Sherman Avenue Area Redevelopment program, with the money going toward construction of houses, trimming of vegetation and home renovation.


* Council voted 7-0 with two members absent to award a $127,584 contract to BFI Waste Services, of Pittsburgh, for the borough's waste collection and disposal.

The contract will run from Aug. 1 through July 31 with two additional option years. Council's approval is contingent upon BFI's submission of a performance bond.

The major concern will be the probable change of pickup days. The new pickup day is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday. BFI is responsible for notifying people before the change.

* The borough will accept a $60,000 New Communities Grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development, with $35,000 going to pay the salary of Main Street Manager Stephen Paul and $25,000 for facade renovations and improvements throughout the borough.

* The acceptance of two grants to upgrade area recreational facilities has sparked the concern of Mayor Betty Esper and several others that the construction would interfere with the borough's summer activities for children.

Council accepted a Pennsylvania Community Development Block Grant of $38,338 to make renovations to McClean Playground, including installation of a rubber safety surface and the demolition and replacement of the old pavilion and shuffleboard court. …

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