Latrobe eyes technological innovation, paving upgrades with pandemic recovery funding

Latrobe Council on Monday voted to amend the city’s $6.5 million 2021 budget to contain more than $409,000 the city expects to obtain in an installment of federal pandemic restoration funding.

Town Manager Michael Grey also proposed a sequence of tasks and other expenditures where the funds could be applied. He was not able to estimate greenback figures for specific jobs, noting they’ll be tackled even more at council’s September conference.

Gray indicated Latrobe must obtain a identical total as the next part of the restoration funding it has been allotted.

Topping the list of proposed expenditures that would meet the funding recommendations are all those addressing general public wellness and profits decline.

Gray stated restocking the metropolis with personal protecting gear is a priority when the covid-19 pandemic continues.

“We want to to make guaranteed the workforce are safe and sound and all people else who will come in (to metropolis hall),” he mentioned.

Grey also prompt upgrading and growing several technological innovation utilised by the metropolis, its council and police.

He claimed Latrobe really should update its cyber-stability application and also engineering it utilized to make it possible for council customers and the public to take part nearly in council meetings through the pandemic.

Meetings have been reopened to in-particular person attendance by all. Grey famous users of the community continue to may perhaps choose to go to virtually, but council associates might not vote on agenda items if they participate remotely.

He proposed buying pill units for use by council to slice down on thick paper paperwork every single receives to refer to for meetings.

In addition, Gray would like to see engineering up to date for surveillance cameras the metropolis has posted encompassing town corridor and on close by downtown streets, to make “a network controlled by the police division.” He reported the cameras have typically been a help in law enforcement investigations.

While some downtown Latrobe enterprises have their individual stability cameras, Grey mentioned, “It’s tough to attempt to get that into our community.”

Gray also expressed hope that Latrobe can use some of the restoration funding to resurface further streets that it wasn’t in a position to involve in this summer’s paving undertaking. He said just one space that can use new asphalt is a part of Ligonier Road major up to Chestnut Road, joining other parts of Ligonier that have been just repaved as portion of PennDOT’s advancement of various downtown intersections and targeted traffic alerts.

“The paving would take some time to get alongside one another,” he said of bidding of that possible undertaking. “It most likely would be moved to the spring, but I can see us relocating forward with some of the other factors.”

Grey also proposed many stormwater advancement initiatives, like abatement of flooding at Jefferson and Gertrude streets and alternative of the deteriorating paved floor of the Courtyard Plaza, future to the metropolis parking garage, with a permeable material that would allow for for greater h2o drainage.

Council presently is on the lookout at updating a similarly getting older ramp that prospects down to the plaza from street stage.

“We’re making an attempt to turn this into a person large project,” he claimed of the plaza enhancements.

In a different work, the metropolis is wanting to change a brick sidewalk adjoining a city parking great deal at the rear of Adams Memorial Library.

Gray explained the bricks have been matter to displacement by the freeze-and-thaw cycle. “It’s a tripping hazard,” he mentioned. “It’s in will need of an improve.”

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Evaluate personnel author. You can get hold of Jeff at 724-836-6622, jhimler@triblive.com or by way of Twitter .