Our meeting began in the usual way with President Gene James leading in the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless America and our invocation by Steve Edson.
Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 34 of our 74 members were in attendance.
Guests: Bob Bloom with Rev. Bob Wilson; Jeff Balzer with Faye Rosetti
Foundation Moment with Jeff Balzer: This week on September 21, the world will celebrate international peace day. Here is a thought to ponder: Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year. Half of those killed in conflict are children and 90 percent are civilians. As Rotarians we are working for peace every day. We work for a more peaceful world through our service projects, our peace fellowships and we are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension and lack of education.
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is on Saturday, October 6 at the First Lutheran Church in Greensburg. Deadline to register is September 22. Visit www.rlimainline.org to register.
The Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department received a $2,500 grant from the proceeds of the Service Above Self 5K Memorial Day Race. $1,500 will be used to complete their project of putting flags on the fire hydrants and $1,000 will be used for supplies for their Fire Prevention Week in October.
Word of the Week with Jim Steeley:
“in the cat bird seat” is an American English idiomatic phrase used to describe an enviable position, often in terms of having the upper hand or greater advantage in any type of dealing among parties. Red Barber, the baseball broadcaster, stated “sitting in the catbird seat” which meant “‘sitting pretty,’ like a batter with three balls and no strikes on him.” The phrase “In the catbird seat” was among the numerous folksy expressions used by Barber.
Dates to Remember:
• Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry Distribution – first Saturday of every month
• Holiday Party – December 11 – All Saints Brewery
• Mountain View – Monday at 6:15 p.m. at Applebee’s Restaurant
• Westmoreland – Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at Badges Bar & Grille
• Latrobe – Wednesday at 12 noon at DeNunzio’s Chophouse
• Norwin – Monday at 12:05 p.m. at Jacktown Rod and Hunt Club
• Delmont-Salem – Thursday at 7:00 a.m. at Kings Family Restaurant
• Murrysville-Export – 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at The Lamplighter
• Murrysville-Export – 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 12 noon at The Lamplighter
• Mount Pleasant – Wednesday at 12 noon at Leo’s Pub & Grill
• Plum – Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. at Palmieri’s Restaurant
Jeff Balzer introduced today’s speaker, Ashley Kertes, Executive Director, Greensburg Community Development Corp. The purpose of the Greensburg Community Development Corporation is to assist the City of Greensburg, businesses, institutions, and organizations in the development and implementation of plans and programs encompassing total community development, beginning in the core area and focused within the geographical boundaries of the City.
GCDC secured the land and convinced a developer to build the 27 unit, $5.2 million Breakstone Apartments at 112 College Avenue. GCDC assembled site information and with the County’s Land Bank secured commitment from Keystone Integrated Care to build a new secured commitment from Keystone Integrated Care to build a new (Westmoreland County’s only) medical marijuana dispensing building and parking at the corner of East Pittsburgh Street and Urania Avenue. GCDC facilitated the joint agreement of the Greensburg-Salem School District, Westmoreland County and City of Greensburg to LERTA, a 10 year tax abatement program to incentivize developers to build new and renovate older properties within the city. Developers committing to the project donate a portion of their abated tax to a fund enabling the purchase and upgrade of older properties within the city.
The LERTA program is a financial incentive designed to encourage commercial real estate development in and around the Main Street District by “freezing” property taxes at the predevelopment level for 5 years and then increasing by 20% each year after until the full taxable value is reached by year 11. To be eligible for a LERTA, the value of the building renovations, site improvements or new construction must be reviewed by the City, County, and School District prior to final approval of tax abatement. The program is administered by the City of Greensburg through an application and review process.
For more information, please visit www.thinkgreensburg.com
Our meeting ended in the usual way with the Four Way Test.
Respectfully submitted by,