Greensburg Laurels & Lances
Lance: To Hempfield’s ex-public works director’s payday. Details of a separation agreement, obtained under Pennsylvania’s open-records law, reveal that Mike Volpe will pocket about $37,000 (six months’ salary) in severance pay plus full pay for unused vacation days and half reimbursement for leftover sick days. It’s easy to make a public employee go away quietly when the public pays.
Lance: To a loopy Greensburg parking ordinance. Aside from the fact that the wrong signs were posted on Cranston Drive (the original signs said a seasonal street-parking prohibition goes into effect Nov. 1 instead of Dec. 1, per the ordinance), enforcement shouldn’t be a matter of police “discretion.” If there’s no parking on the street when it snows, to enable snow removal, then the city ordinance should say exactly that.
On the “Watch List”: Connellsville’s firefighters referendum. The vote to eliminate the city’s paid fire department comes as volunteer fire companies statewide struggle to maintain manpower and funding. The assumption is that Connellsville somehow will defy a decades-long trend.
Lance: To stealing brighter smiles. The Target store in Hempfield Square is the latest to be hit by thieves attempting to steal $1,200 worth of teeth-whitening products. Why? For drug money, authorities say.