Proposed rural group home gets federal grant

FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP — The Arc of Mercer County has been awarded a $388,000 grant to build a group home in Fairview Township.

The grant is from the federal department of Housing and Urban Development and allows The Arc to pursue development of 42 acres.

The home will serve very low income adults with developmental disabilities and consist of four one-bedroom units and a one-bedroom unit for the resident manager, said Chief Executive Officer Robert Beach.

The rural location was chosen because some residents of The Arc were raised in such areas and had difficulties acclimating to congested neighborhoods, noted Beach.

“This project will enable those individuals to live in a lifestyle that they were very accustomed to growing up here in Mercer County,” Beach said.

The project also received a $140,000 grant from the Mercer County Regional Planning Commission earlier this year. Beach said The Arc hopes to expand its residential program to 20 homes.

Beach said that he hopes that as more developmentally disabled people are included in all settings that they will be accepted in society. He noted that the county has been very complimentary and supportive of Arc’s programs.

The HUD grant was obtained through the help of Dana Frankenburg of the Hudson Group, Beach said.

Patagonia roof bids come in lower than estimate

HERMITAGE — Both bids to replace the roof on the east side of the Patagonia fire station came in under estimate.

Membrane Roofers of Hermitage submitted the apparent low bid, $20,773.

The second bid came from Northwestern Roofing Co. Inc., Meadville, $24,813.

Engineer Jon Snyder of Herbert, Rowland and Grubic, Hermitage, said officials estimated the work would cost $28,000 to $30,000.

The job calls for applying a single-ply synthetic rubber roof over the 1978 addition, which was damaged by a sinking foundation. City commissioners and Patagonia Fire Department members paid to correct the foundation problem last year.

Snyder said a recommendation should be ready for commissioners to award a contract by their Nov. 21 meeting.

Commissioners also have committed to repairing the fire station parking lot, but that work will be done in the spring, said Assistant City Manager Gary M. Gulla. Officials haven’t decided whether that project will be done as part of a paving contract of Crawford and Adelaide streets, or under separate contracts, he said.

The money for the fire station and street work is coming from a Community Development Block Grant.

Gas leak routs patrons at Chestnut Street Cafe

SHARON –– Sharon firefighters responded to a gas leak at the Chestnut Street Cafe at about 9 p.m. Friday, Capt. Brian Scarmack said.

About 100 people were gathered upstairs for a birthday party, with another 25 to 30 in the dining area as well as 10 in the basement, Scarmack said.

Firefighters, assisted by police, evacuated the patrons and nobody was hurt, he added.

National Fuel confirmed the leak with a meter test, Scarmack said, and the cafe will remain closed until the problem can be repaired.

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