Officials aim to tout West Newton on trail
By Joe Napsha
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
West Newton officials want to make sure that the thousands of people who use the Youghiogheny River Trail that runs through the west side of town know that they are in West Newton.
Council on Monday discussed the possibility of adding a “Welcome to West Newton” sign along the trail, but did not make any decisions about moving ahead with the project.
Pamela Humenik, borough secretary, said during council's workshop session that the “West Newton” signs along the trail are small and the borough should have one that is larger.
The sign should look nice and be “tasteful,” Humenik said.
Council President George Molovich said council had discussed the possibility of adding West Newton signs along the trail a year or two ago, but nothing was done.
“The trail is an asset to the community,” Molovich said.
Councilman Chris Luikart said that Downtown West Newton Inc., a nonprofit development group, had a trail signage plan for consistency.
Councilman Tony Berarducci reminded council members that the borough would need to get permission from the organization overseeing that section of the trail, before it installs any signs along the recreational path.
The Regional Trail Corp. manages sections of the Great Allegheny Passage, including the segment in West Newton.
There already are at least four signs posted along the trail that lies south of West Main Street, informing visitors that they are in West Newton.
Along the section of the trail that is north of West Main Street, there are at least three signs telling users they are in West Newton. A stone monument showing the Youghiogheny River Trail, including West Newton, sits along the trail near the West Newton Station.
Two of the newly installed signs point visitors to amenities in downtown West Newton, which lies across the Youghiogheny River from the trail.
Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or email@example.com.
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