PENNSYLVANIA Officials stay out of lawsuit

Property owners filed a lawsuit regarding eminent domain claims.
NESHANNOCK, Pa. -- Township officials will forward information to their insurance carrier with hopes to avoid being part of a lawsuit filed by two township property owners.
Supervisors John DiCola Jr. and John Karmecy agreed Wednesday to contact HDA Group Inc., the township's insurance provider, regarding the lawsuit filed by Thomas and Christy Whittaker and David Hamilton.
The property owners filed a civil rights lawsuit in July, claiming it was unlawful for the Lawrence County Economic Development Corp. and the Redevelopment Authority to claim their properties by eminent domain.
The properties are on Kings Chapel Road in the township near Millennium Park, a proposed high technology business park in Neshannock Township, along the Shenango River.
Township's action
DiCola said the township has not taken action involving either of these properties and will forward this information to the insurance company.
In other business Wednesday, supervisors agreed to reject all bids for the Hess Ice Rink expansion project. DiCola said the project will be adjusted and the supervisors will then bid the project with the changes. The proposed plans are to expand the lobby and improve the locker rooms at the ice rink.
Township Secretary Leslie Bucci commented after the meeting that the original bids exceeded $600,000 for the project. The township received a $125,000 grant that it needs to match for the project.

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