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WHITE TOWNSHIP: IASD to piggyback on park project

by on June 26, 2014 11:00 AM

The White Township supervisors have approved an agreement allowing the Indiana Area School District to piggyback on a renovation project at Kennedy-King Park.

Under the agreement, approved during a supervisors meeting Wednesday, the school district will provide up to $7,000 for the installation of a bigger backstop and some additional fencing on a park ball field along Josephine Avenue. The improvement will allow the high school girls’ softball team to use it as a practice field.

The township is adding a pavilion, some handicapped parking spaces and is converting two old tennis courts into six pickleball courts. Pickleball is a game that combines elements of badminton, racketball and Wiffle ball.

Also Wednesday night, the supervisors awarded a purchase contract to USSA PolyTurf Inc. for new indoor turf at S&T Bank Arena. The contract is for $67,956.

Officials also agreed to purchase a vehicle lift for its municipal garage. The lift is expected to cost about $6,900 and will allow township employees to safely perform vehicle maintenance tasks on some of its fleet of trucks.

Currently employees use jacks and cribbing to lift a truck when they need to work on it, and that isn’t the safest of things, said township manager Milt Lady.

He said the purchase is being offset by a $2,000 grant.

In other matters, Lady told the supervisors that they should make a decision on whether to permanently close the township’s truck scale before the next round of quarterly maintenance.

The supervisors are thinking about closing the scale on account of the cost to maintain it.

Use of the scale is free for the public. To get a sense of how many people use the scale, the supervisors temporarily closed it and are monitoring the feedback from the public as a way to judge.

Lady and the supervisors said they have heard from several individuals and businesses, some not located in the township, asking that the scale be kept open.

Sam Kusic is a staff writer for The Indiana Gazette.
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