Monroeville has received $40,000 from PennDOT to put brighter bulbs in traffic signals on Route 22, Route 48 and Route 130.
“This is replacement of first-generation LED lights,” said Paul Hugus, director of building and engineering. The new bulbs will be installed by Monroeville’s public works department, he said.
Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to accept the $40,000 Green Light Go grant from the state Department of Transportation.
Council also voted unanimously to advertise for bids for road resurfacing. The 2017 budget allocates $500,000 for resurfacing.
The roads scheduled to be fully milled and paved are Aura Drive, Cedar Ridge Drive, Corkwood Drive, Holy Cross Drive, Old Haymaker Road, St. Vincent Drive and Willow Drive.
Council also voted 5-1 to hire MS Consultants of Coraopolis as the municipality’s outside engineering firm.The cost of the firm is $150 per hour.
Manager Tim Little said Monroeville uses an outside engineering firm for tasks such as stormwater management, which require permits.
Linda Gaydos, Ron Harvey, Jim Johns, Paul Caliari and Tom Wilson voted in favor. Steve Duncan voted against, and Nick Gresock abstained.
Also on Tuesday, council approved a 34-space parking lot for the Westmoreland Heritage Rail Trail on Saunders Station Road near the bridge crossing of Turtle Creek.
“This is for the trail that’s going to begin construction in the spring,” Mr. Little said. About nine-tenths of a mile of the trail will go through Monroeville.
Council voted to hold two public hearings on updates to Monroeville’s home rule charter. The home rule charter can be viewed online at http://www.monroeville.pa.us. Residents can comment on the home rule charter at the hearings, which will be held at 7 p.m. March 9 before the workshop meeting and at 7 p.m. March 14 before the regular meeting.
Councilman Ron Harvey announced that a meeting on the expansion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, including construction of a new bridge over Center Road in Monroeville, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Plum High School cafeteria. Construction on the bridge is set to begin in 2020.