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Greensburg official says city prepared for weather

| Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 10:30 p.m.

Greensburg road workers should have enough road salt and anti-skid material to cover the city during the next few days, the city's streets superintendent said.

Greensburg received 137 tons of road salt on Tuesday and added 90 tons of anti-skid material, Rick Hoyle said after a city council meeting on Tuesday.

“I was anxious (Tuesday morning),” Hoyle said. “I feel better now.”

Since Jan. 22, the city has made three orders for a total 600 tons of road salt from American Rock Salt. The city has received about 185 tons of that order, Hoyle said.

Salt piles across Westmoreland County are dwindling more rapidly than anticipated because of the repeated snowfalls this winter, and fresh supplies that make their way to the region by river and rail are held up by ice from stretches of subzero temperatures.

Hoyle estimated on Tuesday that the city will have between 300 and 350 tons of material to use on roads immediately.

In Greensburg, workers need 100 to 150 tons of road salt to cover city streets once, Hoyle said.

Municipal officials in the county can turn to the county and state for help in getting road salt, Mayor Ron Silvis said.

In another matter, Greensburg Community Days has a page on Facebook, a social media website, City Administrator Sue Trout said during the council meeting.

Community Days is an arts and entertainment program held in May at Lynch Field. The event will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year, Trout said.

The web page contains pictures from past Community Days and information on upcoming events, Trout said.

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

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