Latrobe City Council on Monday night voted to award a $5,800 contract to National Metals Segregation of Derry Township for the removal of the abandoned radio tower located in St. Marys Cemetery, just off of Donohoe Road.

National Metals was the only bidder for the project through two rounds of bidding.

“That bid is just for the removal of the tower. We still have to go in and have a contractor remove the concrete, which is a lot easier,” said Latrobe City Manager Michael Gray.

In other business:

  • Gray said the city’s first leaf collection service will likely begin sometime in October and run through December, weather permitting. Residents will be able to simply place leaves in a pile at the curb and leave them there for the city’s new vacuum truck to come by and pick them up, although they can also be placed in biodegradable (not plastic) bags. The work will be completed a little at a time, street by street, with schedules to be announced via local newspapers, the city’s website at www.cityoflatrobe.com and social media channels. Once the leaves are collected and taken to the municipal transfer station, they will be recycled and turned into compost, which will then be made available to residents free of charge next year for gardening use. Gray said anyone with questions should call the public works department at 724-537-8974;
  • City leaders are beginning to work out the details of next year’s budget, Gray said, which will be unveiled soon;
  • Repair and maintenance work is ongoing at the downtown parking garage, but it will remain open to motorists for the duration of the project, Gray said;
  • Work on the railroad underpasses along Depot Street may begin as early as later this year or as late as next spring, depending on when documents for the grant-funded work are executed, Gray said;
  • Public works and Latrobe Municipal Authority (LMA) crews recently completed some cleanup work on Raymond Avenue, according to Gray.

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