PACC seeks grant for electric upgrade

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area Community Center informed Punxsutawney Borough Council at Tuesday’s Public Safety committee meeting that it intends to apply for a $150,000 grant to upgrade the electric at the facility.

Mick Mumau, of the Community Center, said he wanted to inform council that it will apply for a DCNR grant and needs the borough as a sponsor.

Mumau said the center’s board has the funding match for the grant, which is due April 4.

“We’ve been working with the EADS Engineering Group concerning an electrical upgrade, and its services can be used for an in-kind match,” he said.

Borough Manager Ben White said from what he was told, the project would involve separating the electric from PCS’ building, which is adjacent to the Community Center. Both buildings were a part of the former junior high complex.

“We have the money that is necessary for the 50-percent match for the grant,” Mumau said, adding that the center wants to replace all the lighting and the ceiling in the fitness center.

Mumau said the electric bills for the center average $1,400 per month, and with an electrical upgrade and more efficient lighting, it should lower its bills significantly.

He said in addition, the board wants to perform work in the Jackson Theater.

Public Safety Committee member Robert Reesman said the borough could apply for CDBG money on behalf of the Community Center if it is going to replace the curtain in the theater.

Mumau said he doesn’t want to overspend on a project and return to a worrisome financial position.

He’ll make a more complete presentation at Monday’s regular council meeting, Mumau said the cost of the project is expected to be about $150,000, of which the borough would not have to contribute any funds.

In other business:
• White said in April, Punxsutawney Borough Police will begin a pedestrian safety initiative, including education and enforcement.
The dates and times have yet to be established.

• White said March 19 is when the next speed enforcement detail, which is funded by the state, is scheduled to begin.

Anyone with an area of concern should contact Chief Tom Fedigan.

• Chairman Mike Porada said he reviewed the streetlight repair log from the police, and he was glad to see in February that Penelec repaired 20 streetlights.

• White said crosswalk painting should take place within the next two months, once the weather warms up. The crosswalks in downtown on Mahoning Street will not be painted until the traffic signal improvement project is completed, he said.

White said once the traffic signals are functioning, PennDOT will repave Mahoning Street and paint the crosswalks.