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MILLENNIUN PARK Facility's future in peril over funding



Published: Fri, February 4, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The industrial park will not have sewers without the promised state funding.

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Neshannock Supervisor Chairman Gale Measel and other township officials have expressed concern about the future of Millennium Park.

Measel noted that Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell promised the Lawrence County Economic Development Corp., Neshannock Township and the city of New Castle $15 million to create a high-technology business park in the township. Last fall, Rendell reduced that amount to $4 million.

Measel said the township has spent $750,000 more than the $3 million that was to be the township's share.

He said that if the state doesn't come through with the funding originally promised, Millennium Park would be a facility without sewers.

"That would be hard to attract industry to a site without sewers," Measel said.

Supervisor John Karmecy said, "We did everything we were supposed to in a timely fashion to prepare the site."

He added, "We're [the township] not going to take any more risks regardless of what the money stream is."

Additional business

In other business, supervisors agreed to give the township tax collector a 3-percent increase for each of the next four years.

The tax collector position is an elected one so supervisors set pay increase for the entire four-year term.

Supervisors agreed to keep the wage increase the same as what other township employees received.




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