Upgrade to Coal Township playground sought
COAL TOWNSHIP - Township commissioners will again pursue grant funding to refurbish Arch Street Playground.
Rob Slaby, township manager, said the commissioners voted Wednesday during their monthly meeting to authorize him to submit a grant application to state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) grant program.
Slaby said the township would pursue funding for a total makeover of the playground, including its basketball and tennis courts.
DCNR gives priority to applicants pursuing projects related to improving existing parks and recreation facilities, along with development of hiking and biking trails, land conservation projects and river recreation.
Applications for the 2013 grant round are due April 10.
The township was successful in its C2P2 application in 2006 when it was awarded $43,300 in matching funding to renovate Mulberry Street Playground.
Applications submitted for renovations to Arch Street Playground in both 2008 and 2009, however, were rejected.
Arch Street Playground was built in 1968 following demolition of McKinley Elementary School.
In other business during Wednesday's meeting:
- The transfer of a liquor license from a Milton business to the developing Don Patron Mexican Grill at Plaza at Coal Township was approved.
- The board acknowledged that notice had been given by the state that Blaschak Coal Co.'s fly ash disposal site near Burnside has been closed and all activity completed.
- Commissioners acknowledged receipt of letters from the offices of U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey with regard to seeking addresses from the U.S. Postal Service in order to add tax dodgers to the tax rolls. The senators said privacy laws would prevent the Postal Service from cooperating. A letter sent to U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta has gone unanswered.
- Permission was granted for a mobile Vietnam War Memorial to be placed at Tharptown playground for six days, beginning May 28, 2014.
- Commissioner Bernie Rumberger thanked firefighters for their service at emergencies over the past month, and thanked Turkey Hill Minit Market and Dunkin Donuts for providing the volunteers with food and beverages.
- An amendment to street excavating ordinance was tabled for further research.