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Greensburg Tuesday takes

| Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, 9:00 p.m.

Disciplinary vacations?: The figure is troubling: $23,000 paid over two years to Westmoreland County employees suspended without pay who were cleared of wrongdoing. Over that period, 17 who were cleared were paid for 161 days off. At issue is a question of proper management. Closer attention should be focused on the types of inappropriate behavior that trigger a suspension (theft of public money, for example). But county managers must make sure they have reasonable cause before suspending an employee. Poor performers shouldn't be rewarded with paid time off.

Synchronicity: Finally, the traffic signals on Route 22 between Monroeville and Murrysville will be coordinated at 18 intersections. Traffic-light synchronization is commonplace in other locales. Now that signals will be in sync through this oftentimes busy corridor, here's hoping motorist will watch their speed and not race to reach the next green light.

Stepping up: There's no dust collecting on Greensburg police as they adjust to personnel changes — officer vacancies — and now the retirement of Chief Walter J. “Wally” Lyons. That means the officers, starting with Capt. Chad Zucco, who's been handling most of the chief's duties, have had more on their plates than usual. But everyone is “stepping up,” we're told. And that's exactly as it should be.

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