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West Kittanning plans for salt storage facility

May 30, 2014

By Brad Pedersen, The Leader Times, Kittanning, Pa.

May 30--West Kittanning Council has taken final steps toward finishing its new community building at 229 Arthur St.

Council began planning on Thursday for a new road salt storage facility behind the building and approved plans for a handicapped-accessible walkway.

The work will be paid for with $50,000 remaining from a $450,000 loan from F&M Bank that the borough had obtained in order to build the community building.

Council decided to buy a salt shed and improve the walkway after the community building came in under budget.

Councilman Ken Trudgen said he plans to research a 500-square-foot prefabricated building to house the borough's road salt pile before council votes to seek contract bids on Monday.

He expects the building to cost between $17,000 and $30,000.

Officials hope to award a contract for the salt storage building on July 7, since July 11 is the final day they can draw from the loan, Trudgen said.

Council also agreed to pay $6,500 to Ford City-based Infinity Crane to install the walkway to connect the building's rear parking lot to the front entrance.

The walkway connects the borough's handicapped-accessible front and rear entrances, which was necessary to come into compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, said council president Bob Venesky.

Trudgen said council plans to hold its July 7 meeting at the new one-story, 2,400-square-foot community building and host an open house before the end of July.

"Aside from putting furniture into the building, it's almost all done," Trudgen said. "It's a sharp building outside and looks just as good inside."

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or


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