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Published: Monday, July 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A painfully long cleanup: The longtime New York “owner” of the decrepit Jeannette Glass plant has cleaned up most of the site's environmental waste, a state official says, but only after decades of neglect. The struggle to achieve this “accomplishment” sends the wrong message to other absentee landlords. Never mind the legal mess over the property's disposition since its tax sale last year. Zion Bullitt Avenue, which is challenging the sale, reportedly owes more than $300,000 in delinquent taxes.

Flooding & flood control: As sure as flood waters rise, so, too, do questions about long-unrealized flood-control projects. In Dunbar Borough, Fayette County, 14 homes were damaged when Dunbar Creek overran its banks. Council President Norman Gordon says the flooding might well have been mitigated had a “creek channeling” project been completed. The state says the project is in the planning phase. In fact, it's been in the works for decades, Mr. Gordon says. No doubt its “progress” will be addressed again — next time Dunbar Creek floods.

A more user-friendly government: The Westmoreland County Prothonotary's Office joins others that are offering later, more convenient “customer” hours — in this case, to accommodate the public's demand for passports. Yes, it's an election year. But the evolution of courthouse services — rethinking “public service” on the public's dime — has been in evidence for the past couple of years. And making these services more accessible deserves credit.



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