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SALTSBURG: Council approves lighted sign

by ELLEN MATIS on April 03, 2013 10:50 AM

SALTSBURG — Borough council approved the installation of an externally lighted business sign on Salt Street on Monday after a request was denied last month because of design requirements.

The sign for Digital Concepts, a business in the old fire hall at 614 Salt St., had been approved through a phone vote on March 26 by the Historical Architectural Review Board after alterations to the design were made. The sign permit request had been rejected in March because borough council President P.J. Hruska said the LED sign, which would have been perpendicular to the building, did not fit the ambience of downtown Saltsburg.

Now, the 2-by-3-foot sign will be flush against the building and externally lit, meeting criteria for the borough’s historic district.

Hruska said the sign has been “totally redesigned” and the review board is happy with the new design.

“The HARB board is trying to work with business owners and the community,” he said regarding additions or alterations that businesses might make to their properties.

Council also approved a motion to purchase materials not to exceed $3,540 for sealing of the Canal Park Walkway. Hruska said the cement previously was not sealed properly.

The board also received a letter from the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development regarding the integration of an emergency 2-1-1 hotline available to Indiana County residents. With this hotline, county residents are able to dial 2-1-1 and be connected with a live operator at any time of day. According to the planning and development office, the hotline can be used for help with things such as emergency shelter, crisis intervention, child care and other human services.

Council also voted not to renew a road fund CD that will come due on April 13, instead letting the balance of $10,022.31 go into the road fund account for projects.

Council also approved a shingle replacement for a garage at 714 Cherry Way.

It rejected a bid package from the Indiana-Westmoreland Council of Governments. Hruska said the bid package is rejected every year because the borough can get materials such as salt and patch at better prices locally. It purchases salt from Cargill and patch from Loyalhanna Township.

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