Kittanning Prepares to Apply for Grant for Riverfront Park Fix-Up

Kittanning Borough Council persons David Croyle, Betsy Wilt, and Chris Schiano listen intently as Autumn Vorpe-Seyler, Community Development Coordinator of the Armstrong County Department of Planning and Development, tells of a grant that could help fix erosion problems in Kittanning Riverfront Park.

Kittanning Borough Council members were excited to hear of the possibility of more grant money that is available to fix problems at Kittanning Riverfront Park.

Last month, Armstrong County Planning & Development Project Manager Carmen Johnson said that applications were being accepted for a new Multi-Modal Grant. The amount requested could be from $100,000 to $3 million. However, Johnson thought the Borough would have to match dollars with amounts received from the grant.

Not so, said Autumn Vorpe-Seyler, Community Development Coordinator of the Armstrong County Department of Planning and Development, at last night’s meeting of Council.

“In continuation of Kittanning Revitalization and beautification, these funds could be used for the repairs of the river bank erosion and sidewalks,” Seyler told Council. “Senate Engineering’s estimate for that project is $954,150. This is an important project that is priority as the park is in danger of further erosion and destruction. This is a good way to obtain over $900,000 with no required match for such a project. It would be a good idea to make it priority and consider some cash infusion.”

It didn’t take long for Council to agree with Seyler. Councilman David Croyle made the motion for Seyler to submit the grant application. Councilwoman Betsy Wilt seconded the motion and agreed to by all.

The application will be submitted before July 31, 2019. There is no time frame when the Borough will be notified that it has been approved or rejected.