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Greensburg to receive traffic signals upgrade

| Saturday, June 16, 2012, 7:37 p.m.

New traffic signals are planned for four intersections in Greensburg.

City council this week entered into right-of-way agreements for some of those lights.

City Administrator Sue Trout said the signals will replace existing ones and should be brighter and more energy-efficient.

The signals are planned where West Pittsburgh Street intersects with Washington Avenue, Spring Street and Bell Way. The last involved intersection is at West Newton and Spring streets.

The old signals have become obsolete, Trout said.

Sean Sepe, PennDOT project manager, said the lights are part of 10 traffic signals proposed for this year in Westmoreland County. The other lights will be located in Hempfield, Rostraver, Monessen, Youngstown, Derry Township and Jeannette.

Bids for the work are to be opened Thursday.

Council also agreed to buy a four-wheel-drive tractor and a rough unit mower for the Mt. Odin Golf Course. Finance agreements for the purchases were approved.

The mower will cost $44,958 from E.H. Griffith Inc., Pittsburgh, and council approved a five-year lease with annual payments of $9,817 with Catalyst Capital Corp.

The tractor will cost $27,800 from Maple Mountain Equipment, Somerset, and council endorsed a five-year lease with five annual payments of $6,070, also with Catalyst.

Trout said the pieces of equipment are replacements and were earmarked in the 2008 city budget.

On Trout's advice, council rejected a lone bid entered by Smeltzer Construction, Apollo, for purchase of a reflective ceiling for the Kirk S. Nevin Arena at Lynch Field.

Trout asked the panel to reject Smeltzer's cost of $46,780 because she said city officials discovered recently that grant funding may be available for the work.

The bid amount was more than the $30,000 budgeted for the project, she said.

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