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Trafford to pitch in $1,000 for downtown business district sign

| Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

A group of Trafford business owners is planning to put up a new sign to advertise the borough's downtown commercial district.

Because the estimated $4,000 vinyl banner on the side of a Cavitt Avenue building also will promote Trafford, council last month agreed to contribute $1,000 toward the cost. Councilman Casey Shoub, owner of the former A&S Carpet building where the sign will hang, abstained from the 6-0 vote.

Insurance agent Larry George, Brandon Lacina of Digital Trafford and Matt Mastroianni of Mastro Signs and Printing are among the business owners behind the 600-square-foot welcome sign.

George said he thinks the sign, which he estimates is durable enough to last at least six years, will help to draw people to Trafford's downtown businesses.

“I don't want us to be like Braddock,” he said. “I want to be like Ligonier.”

The business owners will be responsible for paying fees for the graphics advertising their businesses, but council waived fees for the remainder of the sign.

Burning ordinance

Council might resume discussion on revisions to the borough's burning ordinance at its May 22 meeting.

The existing ordinance designates Saturday as the only day for burning, but council is considering allowing residents to burn on other days if they obtain a permit.

Fire Chief Brian Lindbloom said the Saturday-only prohibition has been in place because that's when more firefighters are available in case of emergency.

New server

A new computer server will enable the borough to connect its administrative computers to a network and establish a weekly backup of borough files, Councilman John Daykon said.

Council approved paying no more than $4,500 for the server and software. It is being bought from Digital Trafford, a borough computer and imaging store.

By storing the server in the public safety building, the borough will meet its auditors' recommendation for having an off-site backup of files, Daykon said. The borough's administrative offices and the public safety building are separated by a firewall.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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