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WHITE TOWNSHIP: Grant would pay for park upgrades

by HEATHER ROTH on April 11, 2013 10:50 AM

The White Township supervisors approved a resolution Wednesday to apply for a DCNR grant for the second phase of renovations at Kennedy King Park at 620 Josephine Ave.

The matching grant would be for a total of $170,000; the township would be required to provide $20,000 and $65,000 worth of in-kind services.

Ryan Shaffer, the recreation director, said the renovations include putting in a pickle-ball court, adding a pavilion, making the sidewalks handicapped-accessible and refurbishing the baseball fields. Pickle ball is played on a badminton-sized court with a lower net and a ball similar to a wiffle ball.

Shaffer said there is a growing group of senior citizens who are setting up pickle-ball courts on the basketball courts during the summer.

The supervisors also met for executive session for about 20 minutes for personnel and legal matters, solicitor Michael Delaney said.

When they reconvened, Delaney said the township’s insurance company had agreed to settle a complaint filed by a township woman who said her home sustained damage after the township’s sewer project in the area of South Sixth Street and Carter Avenue. Delaney did not name the woman but said she filed a complaint with the township, which forwarded it to the insurance company. The township is not involved in the settlement.

He also said the supervisors authorized township manager Milt Lady to advertise for a new code enforcement officer. Currently, Chris Anderson serves as both the code enforcement officer and the assistant township manager.

The supervisors also approved the final payment of $119,978.90 for the Mack Park bathhouse project. The township is administering the grant that is being used for the renovation project, and so must approve each payment.

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