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Greensburg Laurels & Lances

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Thursday, July 17, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Lance: To the South Greensburg chain saw massacre. The borough's council walked into a buzz saw when it signed a contract to clear trees from a community park, much to the ire of residents. Council backed off after the state inquired about a requisite forestry plan for the project. Oops! There was none. This whole mess could have been avoided if residents were involved from the get-go — not after 70 trees were cut. Given the borough's abysmal due diligence, perhaps the council also reasoned that folks wouldn't notice all those felled trees.

Lance: To the Franklin Township Municipal Authority. For the past 30 to 35 years, it has allowed Manager Jim Brucker to take an authority vehicle on vacation — sometimes 500-plus miles away to North Carolina's Outer Banks. And that's raised the ire of a Murrysville councilman, who calls the practice “unacceptable.” But “outrageous” would be the better descriptive.

Laurel: To polishing Westmoreland County's “crown jewel.” With more than $753,000 in private donations, along with a state grant and county funding, Westmoreland officials are expanding facilities at Twin Lakes Park with an amphitheater and dek hockey rink. That's a good investment in an outstanding county resource.

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