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Greensburg Lions pay it forward with city hall doors

| Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Last year, the president of the Greensburg Lions Club told city administrator Sue Trout about the difficulty the club was having in its search for a meeting place that was accessible to members with physical handicaps.

Trout offered a solution, president Janet Manoledes said.

“She went, ‘Oh, you can meet here,'” Manoledes remembered. “So that's how we ended up meeting at city hall.”

Now the nine-member Lions Club is paying back the kindness extended by city officials who allow them to meet twice a month in city council chambers.

Club members will fund the installation of automatic-opening doors at the entrance leading from the visitor parking lot to the rear of city hall. Then the club will set about the task of raising money to install automatic doors at the front of the building facing South Main Street.

“Our goal was to do both sets of doors, but we could only do one at a time,” Manoledes said.

The doors to be replaced face city hall's designated area for handicapped parking, making them the better choice to do first, she explained.

“We are thrilled that the rear access to city hall from the visitor parking lot will now be fully accessible to all the community members,” Trout said.

The Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation contributed $3,500 of the cost for the doors. The local club is adding $3,780 from its own trust fund to pay the remaining portion of the tab, Manoledes said.

“City hall has so much traffic — people in and out,” Manoledes said. “We help people with handicapped accessibility to their homes, occasionally a business. We thought it would be good for the city and for us to have that accessibility.”

Greensburg officials have been talking about installing similar doors for some time, according to Trout.

“The door replacement has been in our budget for nearly eight years, but other projects became more important,” she said.

“We were so elated when the grant was approved and especially when Janet presented the check for the work (this month),” she added.

Acme Door will install the doors this spring, Trout said.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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