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New Stanton council to consider fewer meetings

New Stanton council will consider holding one meeting per month rather than two.

President Scott Sistek this week asked council to review changing the number of monthly meetings.

Many governing boards in Westmoreland County meet only once a month, he said.

“Think about this,” Sistek said. “Take a look and see what everybody would like to do. Is there a need to have two meetings?”

With work on improvements scheduled to start next summer on the New Stanton interchange of Interstate 70, council might need more than one meeting, Councilman Tom Smith said.

The $50 million in improvements are designed to ease traffic congestion, improve vehicle flow and heighten safety. PennDOT expects to complete the work in 2018.

Councilman Dean Clark pointed out that if council failed to field a quorum with only one meeting a month, there will be “no meeting” that month.

More than one monthly meeting might be needed as Westmoreland County and New Stanton officials put together a comprehensive plan, Councilwoman Linda Echard said.

A comprehensive plan serves as a blueprint for a municipality’s future, typically for a 10-year period.

As part of the plan, council will choose a consultant who will examine water and sewage infrastructure needs, address potential economic development, review land-use ordinances and analyze transportation issues.

New Stanton is working with Westmoreland County planning officials to complete the plan.

“There’s pros and cons both ways,” Sistek said.

In another matter, council asked solicitor John Campfield to review bids submitted for garbage pickup by Waste Management of Pennsylvania and Allied Republic Waste Services.

Work is progressing on the new municipal building on Paintersville Road, Echard and Clark said.

The 2,100-square-foot building is being added to the public works building as part of a $434,897 project.

Council wants the addition so all services can be housed in one building. Members further want to eliminate having people wait out in the elements, as they now do when council holds an executive session.

Council began using the current municipal building on North Center Avenue in the 1970s.

The new building is one story, with a brick exterior and standing seam metal roof.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or [email protected].


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