Crescent Park Project Back On

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WARREN, Pa. – The Crescent Park Improvement Project is back on for 2021 following a unanimous vote by Warren City Council during a special meeting Monday night.

The special meeting was called after technical issues arose during the budget meeting on Dec. 14 that caused confusion among council members.

“Well, there was some confusion at the last council meeting about the $175,000 being removed from the Crescent Park project,” City Manager Nancy Freenock said. “I received some complaints that there were council members that couldn’t really hear and didn’t vote the way they intended.”

The $175,000 slated for the project was initially removed from the budget in an effort to avoid raising taxes. The money was then put back in, and designated for paving projects, following the vote to increase taxes.

“This would be budgeted monies that are already budgeted but were moved to paving, and would just be moved back to the Crescent Park,” Councilman Gregory Fraser asked.

Freenock answered affirmatively and explained why that money could be spared from the paving budget.

“Mr. (Mike) Holtz (Director of Public Works) is working on 2021 paving bid documents right now,” Freenock said. “He’ll be working with our PennDOT local municipal services rep so hopefully we’ll get that on the street by early March. We are hoping to have some significant savings by getting it on the street early.”

Council will have another special meeting Monday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to consider the reallocation of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project funds to Senior Housing Associates, LLP, for the Eagles Crest Senior Housing Project.

The meeting will be conducted virtually via Zoom. Information on how to access the meeting can be found here.