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W. Newton ready to change addresses

| Wednesday, July 13, 2005

West Newton has been authorized by Westmoreland County and the U.S. postmaster in Pittsburgh to rename six streets and change address numbers to eliminate confusion for 911 emergency dispatchers and improve response times, according to Councilwoman Mary Popovich.

Popovich, who serves as the borough's public safety director, said road crews are in the process of installing signs with new street names.

An undisclosed number of residents on those streets must display their new street numbers, and council wants to make sure they do it right.

"They should have gotten notification in the mail that their street name and number has changed," Popovich said.

"Once they get that, they've got to notify all the people they need to that they're converting over and starting to use that new address because it's been rolled into the system," she added.

Residents unsure of how to properly display their new number can view a borough ordinance explaining the proper procedure at the municipal building, Popovich said.

"If you're calling for an ambulance or police, they have to drive by and see a number," Popovich said.

In other business during Monday's council meeting, it was reported that borough police have yet to respond to the latest employment contract offer from council.

"I'm not going to get into specifics, but I think we're very close at this point," borough solicitor Chuck Wade said.

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