Penn Hills seeks grant funding, renews contracts

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Penn Hills on officials Monday decided to apply for a grant to improve a multipurpose center, and they renewed agreements with both the county and a private contractor for municipal services.

The municipality will seek $50,000 in Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund grant funding from the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County to make improvements to the Penn Hills Multi-Purpose Center along Lincoln Road. If approved, Penn Hills will match the grant with $57,676 from an on-hand Community Development Block Grant, for a total of $107,676.

The money would go to the community center facility and include new playground equipment and a poured-in-place safety surface, basketball court and baseball field improvements, and handicap accessibility enhancements.

"We were going to do some work there anyway. It was already budgeted at 50 [thousand]," Penn Hills planning director Howard Davidson said. "So we can in a sense double the amount of equipment, double the amount of work we can do if we score on this grant."

Mr. Davidson said he'll know in six weeks to two months whether the grant request has been approved. He said he expects the renovations to the multi-purpose center to begin in the fall.

Council also renewed its agreements with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services/Area Agency on Aging and Nick's Automotive, Inc.

Allegheny County DHS will provide $226,793 in services and programming to support Penn Hills senior citizens over the next year, while Nick's Automotive will provide municipal vehicle maintenance for the next two years, in an amount not to exceed $90,000 per year.

Zak Koeske, freelance writer: .


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