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Greensburg Council studies bids on lot steps

| Thursday, May 3, 2012, 9:20 p.m.

Greensburg Council might award a contract next week for the replacement of two sets of stairs to the rear of the Franca and Joe Peluso Parking Lot on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Council opened bids Tuesday from four companies to demolish the existing steps and to add new ones to the parking area, also known as Lot C. The bids ranged from $35,450 to $52,784.

Officials plan to review documents before council's regular meeting Monday.

City Administrator Sue Trout said after yesterday's meeting that the steps are deteriorating and must be replaced.

Officials will seek another $500,000 from the state for construction of Seton Hill University's $21 million arts center at the corner of Harrison Avenue and West Otterman Street.

The same Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program has awarded $5 million toward construction of the 73,000-square-foot center, which will house the university's theater and music programs.

The center -- projected to include a 225-seat theater, a 450-seat music hall, a community music wing, classrooms and faculty offices -- is expected to be finished by 2009.

Council will seek a $10,000 grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development agency to install cameras in three police cars. The department now has one camera in a patrol vehicle.

Police Chief Walter "Wally" Lyons said the goal is to have nine cameras and nine computer laptops in cars this year.

Other grants will be used for the remaining cameras and computers, he said.

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