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City Public Works director hired

City Council approved the hiring of Scott Livermore as director of the Department of Public Works on Thursday night.

Livermore will be paid $72,000 annually.

Livermore has more than 20 years of experience in construction and highway work and scheduling projects, budgeting and lives in the city.

He will be introduced to the streets and parks and flood control department personnel.

Adam Winder, former acting department director, will remain as director of transportation and general manager of River Valley Transit.

Livermore takes charge of a department with about 27 employees.

In a related approval, council authorized excavation of several streets for gas main replacement projects, as requested by Joseph Gerardi, city codes administrator.

The projects included UGI work on Lafayette Parkway, Tucker Street and Park Avenue, he said.

In other action, council:

• Approved a subcontract agreement between the city Bureau of Transportation and Crawford Area Transportation Authority.

•Approved the annual audit for ending June 30, 2020 by city Bureau of Transportation.

• Approved agreement between city and Endless Mountain Transportation Authority, after adjustments were made as recommended by PennDOT.

• Delayed purchase of four patrol vehicles for police. The emergency proclamation by Mayor Derek Slaughter remains in effect. The vehicles are ordered, and further action by council is expected in two weeks.

• Approved for police the purchase of 55 firearms and related equipment amounting to $18,012 in total contracts awarded to Witmer Safety Group Inc. and Atlantic Tactical Inc.

• Permitted UPMC to upgrade signage on Interstate 180.

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