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Interest voiced in naming rights to South Greensburg ball fields

| Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 9:08 p.m.

South Greensburg clubs and business are interested in acquiring naming rights to the community's three ball fields, a resident told borough council on Monday.

David Todaro, a former councilman, said he recently spoke to representatives of two clubs and a business about their possible interest in using their establishments' names for the fields in exchange for a fee.

"I just wanted to see if there's any interest; there is," Todaro said.

First, council would need to come up with a fee and other requirements, president Clentin Martin said.

"I think the council is in favor of the idea," Martin said. "All we have to do is work out some details."

Money raised probably would go to the buildings and grounds department and recreation, Martin said later.

"It makes sense," Councilman Bob Thomas said. "It'd bring money into the borough ... for very little."

Police Chief Scott Fanchalsky will explore whether Pennsylvania bidding and purchasing requirements can be met if the borough acquires a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria from an Illinois dealer for use as a new police car.

Such a purchase of the model, which Ford has discontinued making, would enable equipment from the borough's Crown Vic to be easily moved to the new vehicle, a savings of about $4,000, Fanchalsky said.

The car would cost less than the vehicles Ford and Chevrolet are making for police, he said.

The Vic would cost about $25,000, while the new Chevrolet and Ford models would exceed that price tag, Fanchalsky said.

Councilwoman Linda Iezzi, who oversees the police department, said the Vic's purchase made sense budget-wise.

"I'm trying to do it as economically friendly as possible," she added.

In a related matter, cameras have been installed in two police cars, thanks to a $10,000 grant, Iezzi said.

Fire Chief Eric Hardy said the borough company and three others have received word they will share $300,000 in a forthcoming Homeland Security grant.

His department, Southwest Greensburg, Hempfield No. 2 and Norvelt fire companies will divide the money for purchase of portable radios, laptop computers that have mapping software and new mobile units, Hardy said.

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