Bethel Park Fire Department gets sizable donation

Published Jun 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Updated Jun 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm)

Bethel Park Volunteer Fire Company officials thought they had been asked to attend the June 9 council meeting to be recognized for the work they had done to facilitate the construction of the new station. They didn’t know they were getting a donation from a local business.

Officials from Cool Springs Sports Complex presented firefighters with a check for $50,000.

“Unfortunately, there are too many ways to spend it,” said Ed Schmitt, fire company recording secretary.

Schmitt and Jeff Pritchard, president of the fire company, said the funds will most likely be used to furnish the interior of the $8.2 million station that will be built along Brightwood Road.

A .34 mill real estate tax, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters last year, is financing construction of the new state-of the art station as well as providing $300,000 for the annual operation of the company. Firefighters are fundraising to cover other costs of maintaining the company.

Firefighters said they are thankful for community support as well as guidance from municipal officials, who have provided support through the construction process.

Park Avenue Field

Municipal officials accepted a $40,000 grant from the Allegheny County Economic Development Program for improvements to the Park Avenue field.

Jerry Duke, municipal planner, said the funds will be used for construction of a new gate at the field entrance as well as construction of a gazebo and new bleachers.

The field, located near the community center, is used for soccer, football and lacrosse, Duke said.

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