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New Play Equipment PDF Print E-mail
Written by County Systems Administrator   
Thursday, 09 November 2017 14:55

NEW PLAY EQUIPMENT

Rural Valley Borough recently completed the installation of new playground equipment at the Shannock Valley Park.  The new equipment features a play apparatus that includes climbing structures, slides and a four-bay swing set. As part of the project, two benches, a covered picnic table and a new sidewalk have been installed within the playground vicinity.  

Lillian Bartosiewicz, secretary and treasurer of both Rural Valley Borough and the Shannock Valley Recreation Committee, said the project increased the overall play area. She also noted that the previous equipment didn’t include swings.

“it’s a very nice looking playground and it seems to be getting a lot of use,” Bartosiewicz said.

Rick Wranich, president of the Shannock Valley Recreation Committee, said the intent of the project was to upgrade the west end playground area and add a shade table to the east end play area.

“By doing this we are able to supply a safe and family-friendly space to enjoy the park,” Wranich said. “With the upgrade to the west end playground area, we have enhanced the amenities of the pavilion area.”

The hope, he said, is that continued growth of the park will generate some additional pavilion rentals, which in turn will help with the committee’s annual budget.

The project was funded by a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Grant, and with contributions from Rural Valley Borough, the Shannock Valley Recreation Committee, the Rural Valley Lions Club and volunteers. The grant amount was $35,000.00.  Match was made up of cash and in-kind services.         

“The most rewarding part of this project was watching the community come together to make this project a success,” Wranich said. “Special thanks to our Project Manager Sally Conklin of the Armstrong County Department of Planning and Development, Rural Valley Borough Council, Rural Valley Lions Club and the many skilled volunteers from the community. A special thanks to the members of The Shannock Valley Recreation Committee and their continued support in serving our community.”

Still to be completed are improvements to an ADA parking space and the placement of a sign. That final portion of the project is expected to wrap up by no later than spring of 2018.


New Play Equipment

 
Kittanning Borough Seeks Facade Grant PDF Print E-mail
Written by County Systems Administrator   
Thursday, 02 November 2017 14:21

KITTANNING BOROUGH SEEKS FAÇADE GRANT

Kittanning Borough has applied for a Keystone Communities Façade Grant for up to $50,000 for improvements to the exteriors of eligible buildings in the central business district of Kittanning Borough.

If awarded, the money will help give a facelift to commercial buildings in the focus area. The maximum amount per building would be $5,000 and must be matched dollar for dollar by the business owner/building owner.

Kittanning Borough Council President Kim Fox sees the potential for attracting new businesses to the downtown area if grant funding comes through.

“This grant would be a huge benefit to the borough, allowing businesses to double the dollar amount of improvements to their storefronts,” Fox said.  “I have been in other communities that have taken advantage of this grant and it has made a big impact on their downtown business district.  This could also increase interest to new businesses considering our town.”

Eligible projects include: storefront façade; exterior restoration/painting; architectural elements and additions; awnings; exterior lighting; lighting signage; and signs.

If funded, the borough will hold a grant round during which time all interested parties can submit applications to be reviewed by a design committee. If awarded, funds are expected to become available sometime in the summer of 2018.

Those interested are asked to contact Sally Conklin, Program Manager with the Department of Planning and Development, at 724-548-3223 or by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Reconstruction of Campbell and Sampson streets PDF Print E-mail
Written by County Systems Administrator   
Tuesday, 24 October 2017 08:14

KITTANNING BOROUGH RECONSTRUCTS CAMPBELL AND SAMPSON STREETS

A long-anticipated reconstruction project on Campbell and Sampson streets recently got underway in Kittanning Borough and is expected to wrap up near the end of the month.

The bulk of the reconstruction project – which includes the replacement of a number of inlets, the installation of a new inlet and the replacement of a faulty storm pipe that had been creating erosion problems – is already complete. All that remains before the project finishes up is sealing the new layer of asphalt on the reconstructed street surfaces.

The project had been initially put on hold because of delays in lining up funding. Kittanning Borough Council President Kim Fox is grateful that the project is finally near completion.

“I’d like to thank the residents of Kittanning for their patience,” Fox said. “It’s been a long time coming, but the reconstruction of these streets has made it all worthwhile – providing safer, smoother access to the surrounding neighborhood and downtown area.”

A. Folino Construction of Oakmont, was awarded the contract by the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners to complete the reconstruction of both streets for the bid amount of $91,740.96.

The project was funded with Kittanning Borough's 2014 and 2015 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds.

 
Freeport Multimodal Street Project PDF Print E-mail
Written by County Systems Administrator   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:01

FREEPORT MULTIMODAL STREET PROJECT

Freeport Borough street improvements to provide better trail access

Freeport Borough kicked off its Multimodal street improvement project in its Laneville neighborhood in October to provide better access to the two existing trailhead parking areas for the Butler-Freeport Community Trail.

According to Freeport Borough Council President Richard Hastings, the project will bring positive benefits to not just Freeport itself, but also to Armstrong County as a whole.

"We are the southern gateway to the county, and what better way of reflecting that than upgrading the community we live in," Hastings said. "Freeport is a hub for bike and water trails. The new signage to help bring people into town will only signify what we already know: that we are a jewel along the Allegheny and [that] we are a great place to have a business and raise a family."

He added: "Freeport stands to become a launching point for many recreational activities with the multiple trails in the immediate vicinity (Butler-Freeport, Tredway, Rachel Carson, Baker) and with easy access to the river. With people coming into town and frequenting the businesses this will only help to make Freeport stronger and more vital - and with strong communities throughout Armstrong -  the county only will grow and prosper."

Plans and bid specifications were prepared by PennDOT. The Armstrong County Commissioners awarded the contract to A. Folino Construction, Inc., of Oakmont, Pa., to complete the project for the bid amount of $103,582.

Once that project is complete, a separate smaller project will connect trail users to the borough's downtown business district via a "share the road" loop. The approximate 1-mile loop will include signage and markers painted on the roadway to alert motorists of potential bicyclists using the road.

These projects are being paid for through a combination of funding streams that include a Multimodal Transportation Fund grant through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA); Liquid Fuels funds provided by the Armstrong County Commissioners; and a local share from Freeport Borough.

Freeport borough was among seven municipalities in Armstrong County that received state Multimodal funds with assistance from the office of Sen. Don White (Armstrong/Indiana).

Group at Trail Head


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Armstrong County Commissioners Adopt Act 152 PDF Print E-mail
Written by County Systems Administrator   
Thursday, 05 October 2017 14:48

ARMSTRONG COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ADOPT ACT 152 TO BATTLE BLIGHT

The Armstrong County Board of Commissioners have taken a proactive step in battling blighted and abandoned properties across the county.

During the board’s public meeting Aug. 17, 2017, the three commissioners adopted a resolution under Pennsylvania’s Act 152, which authorizes the recorder of deeds to charge and collect a $15 fee for each deed and mortgage that is recorded. Collected fees will be deposited into a specific fund to be used for the demolition of blighted properties within the county.

The resolution, which took effect on Oct. 1, 2017, follows a recommendation by the Armstrong County Blight Task Force to help establish a designated funding source to address the problem of blight.

“This is a response to concerns raised by a number of municipalities during our Town Hall Meetings last fall,” said Pat Fabian, Chairman of the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners. “We believe this will go a long way toward cleaning up our communities and making the county a more attractive place to move to, and to live in.”

The new increase is expected to bring in approximately $50,000 in annual revenue and must be used exclusively for demolition purposes.

 
Armstrong County Hard-To-Recycle Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by County Systems Administrator   
Thursday, 05 October 2017 14:43

ARMSTRONG COUNTY HARD-TO-RECYCLE DAY A SUCCESS

The 2017 Hard-to-Recycle Day collected thousands of pounds in materials that may otherwise have ended up in landfills.

In just four hours beginning at 8 a.m. on September 16, more than 2,000 used tires rolled through the Armsdale Complex in Rayburn Township during the 2017 Armstrong County Hard-To-Recycle Day.

“There was a steady stream of cars,” said Armstrong County Recycling Coordinator Dennis Hawley. “The amount of tires was more than I expected.”

In addition to a total of 2,200 tires and 235 gallons of used motor oil, area residents dropped off more than 7,600 pounds of items that included lead acid batteries; recyclable plastic; cardboard and newspaper; steel and aluminum cans; brown, green and clear glass; and scrap metal.

“It was a great day,” said Michelle Reefer, CEO of the Progressive Workshop of Armstrong County.

According to Reefer, the amount of tires collected surpassed last year’s total.

“One entire tractor trailer was full of tires by 9:15 a.m.,” Reefer said.

There was also a significant increase in the amount of white goods collected. Those items included large household appliances like refrigerators, air conditioning units, washers and dryers.

The Hard to Recycle Day was a collaborative effort between Armstrong County, the Progressive Workshop of Armstrong County, Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. For more information about the Armstrong County Recycling Program call Dennis Hawley at 724-763-6316.

 
Kittanning MultiModal Street Project PDF Print E-mail
Written by County Systems Administrator   
Thursday, 05 October 2017 14:36

KITTANNING MULTIMODAL STREET PROJECT COMPLETED

Milling, paving and the installation of ADA ramps in a section of Kittanning Borough was completed in late September, improving access for motorists traveling to and from downtown Kittanning.

Shields Paving was awarded the contract by the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners to complete the Multimodal Transportation Fund project along Arch Street –  between McKean Street and North Grant Avenue –  for the bid amount of $89,411.

Borough Council President Kim Fox sees the completion of the project as a way to better market the community and to attract new business to the area.

“I think the project is very beneficial to the community, not only for the residents but also for the business district,” Fox said.

The project helps extend the recently completed Market Street streetscape project further throughout town.

“We have a beautiful little town and we hopefully will be able to showcase it better with all of the improvements being made,” Fox said.

This project was paid for through a combination of funding streams: A Multimodal Transportation Fund grant through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA); Liquid Fuels money administered by Armstrong County; and a local share from Kittanning Borough.

Kittanning borough was among seven municipalities in Armstrong County that received state Multimodal funds through the assistance of Senator Don White (Armstrong/Indiana).

 
Ford City MultiModal Street Paving PDF Print E-mail
Written by County Systems Administrator   
Thursday, 05 October 2017 14:31

FORD CITY MULTIMODAL STREET PAVING PROJECT UNDERWAY

A Multimodal Transportation Fund project involving milling, paving and the installation of ADA ramps along 3rd Avenue (between 12th and 14th streets) in Ford City got underway in early October, allowing for better access to the entrance of an existing industrial park and to the Armstrong Trail.

“That was one of the worst sections of 3rd Avenue from a paving perspective because it was part brick and part paving,” said Carol Fenyes, President of Ford City Borough Council.

Plans and bid specifications were prepared by PennDOT. The Armstrong County Commissioners awarded the contract to Shields Asphalt Paving to complete the Multimodal project for the bid amount of $76,912.

Before the paving project got started, and while the old water lines were exposed, the borough used the opportunity to work on a separate project – using other funding sources – to address infrastructure issues along the same section of 3rd Avenue.

“We were able to replace existing supply and distribution water lines,” Fenyes said.

She added that the borough is already looking ahead to possible projects for next year to address similar infrastructure issues that can be completed in conjunction with paving projects.

This particular milling and paving project along 3rd Avenue has been paid for through a combination of funding streams: A Multimodal Transportation Fund grant through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA); Liquid Fuels funds provided by the Armstrong County Commissioners; and a local share from Ford City Borough.

Ford City Borough was among seven municipalities in Armstrong County that received state Multimodal funds with assistance from the office of Senator Don White (Armstrong/Indiana).

 
Defaced Armstrong County Bridge PDF Print E-mail
Written by County Systems Administrator   
Thursday, 05 October 2017 14:26

October 3, 2017

DEFACED ARMSTRONG COUNTY BRIDGE MONITORED FOR ONGOING VANDALISM
The Beatty Mills Bridge in North Buffalo Township, defaced by repeated acts of graffiti vandalism, is being monitored by authorities.

A reward of up to $500 is being offered for information leading to the person(s) responsible for vandalizing the county-owned bridge.

“Every time we have to send our Public Works crew out there to clean up, we have to spend hundreds of dollars,” said Pat Fabian, Chairman of the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners.“These acts of vandalism are costing our county money. It’s unfair to the taxpayers.”

The bridge, which spans Buffalo Creek along Beatty Mill Road and Hogg Road, was erected in 2008 to replace the original 1876 Bowstring Pony Truss structure.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the North Buffalo Township Police Department at 724-543-5035.

 
IN RECOGNITION OF THE 2011 CLASS OF RETIREES PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:03

Armstrong County Officials honored 18 retirees during a special ceremony at the Board of Commissioner's public meeting on March 15th. Those in attendance are shown displaying plagues honoring their years of service. From left to right in foreground are: Nancy Dragan, 33 years, Health Center; Nancy Barker, nine years, Belmont Arena; Kathy Peat, 28 years, Health Center; Kim Volpe, 27 years, Veterans Affairs; Darlene Cooper, 30 years, Health Center; Donna Wilson, 17 years, Health center; Marlene Kunselman, 30 years, Health Center; and Penny McKain, 16 years, Health Center. In rear (L-R) are Commissioner Dave Battaglia, Controller Myra Miller, Commissioner Bob Bower, Treasurer Amanda Hiles, and Commissioner Rich Fink.

 
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