Zelienople to seek funds from infrastructure bank

July 11, 2019 Cranberry Local News

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ZELIENOPLE — The borough will seek more than $3 million from the county's infrastructure bank.

Council approved the application requesting $3,055,400 from the bank, which provides low-interest rates to townships and boroughs to complete projects they otherwise could not afford.

Last year, the infrastructure bank provided $8.5 million for four projects at a 1.5 percent interest rate and 10-year loan term in its initial round of funding.

According to borough Manager Don Pepe, the request will seek $555,400 for Phase 2 of work on the Main Street project, and an additional $1.5 million for Phase 3.

The Main Street Revitalization project has been ongoing for several years, with Phase 1 and portions of Phase 2 partially paid for via a $3 million state grant received in 2014. Work has already been completed on Main Street between Spring and New Castle streets, with new sidewalks and streetlights put in place and utility lines moved underground. A new parking lot on West New Castle Street for Main Street businesses has also been installed.

The application also includes a $1 million request for stormwater improvements. Following a bout with severe funding in late May, borough officials are looking at the stormwater management plan and reprioritizing which work is most important. Once a new plan of attack is created — with input from community members and data gathered via a borough study — the funds from the infrastructure bank would help them address the most urgent solutions, Pepe said.

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J.W.  Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr. is the bureau chief of the Cranberry Eagle. Johnson is a native of Bellaire, Ohio, and graduated from Bellaire High School in 2004. He is a 2009 graduate of Ohio University in Athens with a bachelor of specialized studies degree in English and journalism. While there, he served as a reporter and editor at The Post, the university’s student-run, independent newspaper. In 2009, he was hired as a reporter for The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register in Wheeling, W.Va. Over the course of eight years, he also served as Marshall County bureau chief, city editor and news editor. He also won two first place West Virginia Press Association Awards for his reporting and design work. He and his wife, Maureen, live in Carnegie.