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Duquesne will seek $1 million in state funding to upgrade the city's sewer and water infrastructure.
City council voted to pursue the grants from the state Department of Community and Economic Development's Commonwealth Financing Authority.
The city is requesting the maximum grant amount of $500,000 through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Grant Program and $500,000 request from the H20 PA program.
The Small Water and Sewer grant is designed to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply system, sanitary sewer system, storm sewer system, or flood control projects.
The H20 PA program provides for single-year and multi-year grants for the construction of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects; the construction or renovation of flood control projects; and the repair or rehabilitation of high-hazard unsafe dams, according to the DCED website.
In other business, council also approved a motion to enter into an agreement with DEP Technologies, Inc., of Crafton to provide the city with information technology services and to purchase a server for the administrative office's computer system.
City Manager Douglas Sample said the office computer system is “on its last legs.” DEP was the lowest bidder, he said.
The motion passed 3-0 with Mayor Nickole Nesby abstaining and Councilman Tim Caldwell absent.
The cost of the service will be between $5,600 and $8,100 with a monthly service fee, Sample said.
Richard Finch Jr. is a freelance writer who covers news from McKeesport Area School District and North Versailles Twp. for Tube City Almanac. He may be reached at email@example.com.
Originally published December 04, 2019.