by Jonathan Weaver
Instead of inside Council Chambers tomorrow, local residents and park-goers will see some of Kittanning Borough Council members working outside in Riverfront Park.
And they are inviting those outdoor enthusiasts to join them.
From 4-9PM Thursday, Borough Council President Randy Cloak invited volunteers to help clean portions of Riverfront Park, including pulling weeks from different flowerbeds and removing logs and debris that washed into the amphitheater following high water rates during the past month.
“We have a list of many things that need done, so if we can have some volunteers for a few hours or a portion of that time…I think that would go very far toward improving the aesthetics of the park,” Cloak said.
A list of improvements that need performed was compiled by Cloak and First Ward Councilwoman Betsy Wilt last week.
“Things that you would do in your front yard, we need to clean up in Kittanning’s front yard,” Cloak said. “We need everyone’s help.”
Volunteers are asked to bring their own gloves and gardening tools, and meet at the John P. Murtha Amphitheater. He hoped for 25-30 local residents.
The third Movie in the Park “The Lorax” – the animated comedy based on the children’s book written by Dr. Seuss – will be presented by the Armstrong County Tourist Bureau in the park at 9PM Friday.
Similar projects, as well as curb painting, alley sweeping and general maintenance, will be completed as well after Council’s unanimous decision to hire three part-time employees.
Employees – who will be interviewed today – will be paid minimum-wage and work about 30 hours per week for seven weeks, until approximately August 29.
“They will work diligently throughout the remainder of July and August,” Cloak said.
“Quite simply, Kittanning Borough needs cleaned up. We have a number of employees, and they all work diligently in performing their duties, but this is extra stuff that needs to be done.”
Answering First Ward Councilman David Croyle, the Borough is able to afford the three part-time employees due to an employee’s retirement earlier this year that was budgeted for in 2014.
In other news, 2013 Community Development Block Grant funding is expected to be available shortly, though the approved amount is not known. Kittanning Borough received less than $81,000 the year before, and it wasn’t received until late-summer.
Applications for a 2014 project will be due in November. County Planning and Development Division Director Bellas recommended council members decide on a project by September.