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February 6, 2013

County gets utilities report

NEW CASTLE — The Lawrence County Government Center is keeping on track with its savings on utilities, according to a Johnson Controls spokesman.

Robert Aha Tuesday presented a third-year report to the commissioners on the progress in savings since the county retrofitted the government center buildings to save on the bills.

The company provided $2,237,328 in infrastructure upgrades to county facilities in lighting, building management systems, a solar array, new boilers, chillers and heat pumps.

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners:

•Approved a contract with Comcast to provide phone service for office-related phones at the county 911 center. Brian Melcer, Lawrence County public safety director, said the switch from Verizon will save the county $1,300 to $1,400 per month. The 911 still will be owned by Verizon, Melcer said.

•Appointed members to a public participation panel for transportation under the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission. They are Gayle Young, Karolee Loughhead, Terri Stramba, Guy Aromatorio, Everett Bleakney, Kevin Bowser, Diane DeCarbo, Angela Elias, Debby Hennon, Jim Hill, Helen Jackson, Robert McCracken, Linda Nitch, Kim Parrot, Edward Scala, Rebecca Shaner, Charlotte Sheffield, Ross Taylor, Dom Viccari and Larry Wagner.

•Granted $40,000 and $63,261 to North Beaver Township from county Marcellus Shale-derived bridge funds, for the replacement of Wampum Road bridges 1 and 2. Bridge 1 is over Jenkins Run and is near Halltown Road and Old Route 18. Bridge 2 is over Hickory Creek near Willow Grove. That project already is under way. The fund has about $26,000 remaining from the 2012 allocation, and more funding is expected next year, the commissioners said.

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