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Leaf pickup extended

The borough is extending its leaf pickup to Monday.

Leaves should be placed in appropriate biodegradable bags at the curb on the evening prior to pickup.



Volunteers needed; projects advance

The municipality is looking for residents to fill openings on a number of boards, commissions and committees.

* Environmental Advisory Council: need one person for a three-year term.

* Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority Board: need one person for a five-year term.

* Library board: need two people to fill two three-year terms.

* Parks and Recreation Commission: need two people to fill two three-year terms.

* Planning Commission: need two people for two four-year terms.

* Traffic Impact Fee Advisory Committee: need one person for a four-year term.

* Uniform Construction Code Board of Appeals: need five people to fill that many vacancies; each term is four years.

* Zoning Hearing Board: one vacancy for a five-year term.

* Zoning Hearing Board: one vacancy with term expiring Dec. 31, 2016.

Applicants must be residents for at least six months; applications are available at Completed forms and a resume must be sent to James R. Morrison, Chief Administrator, 4100 Sardis Road, Murrysville 15668.

The municipality is accepting nominations for the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award. Written nominations will be accepted until Friday and must include the name and address of candidate, a description of their volunteer efforts, a history of their involvement with a community organization and any other relevant information.

Send nominations to Mr. Morrison.

* Council last week approved a request for the demolition of three buildings at 4057 Old William Penn Highway and the construction of a new office building at that location. The plan, submitted by Ravi Balasubramanian, a Murrysville dentist, provides for the demolition of his existing dental office, a small block building and a small house on a neighboring lot to make way for a new 6,500-square-foot dental office and professional building with 39 parking spaces.

* Council approved a request from Sure Fire Restaurants Group to transfer a liquor license from Hempfield to Murrysville for use at the Burgatory restaurant in the Blue Spruce Shoppes at 100 Blue Spruce Way.

The state limits the number of licenses for the retail sale of brewed beverages and liquor to one license for every 3,000 inhabitants in any county, exclusive of licenses to certain venues and organizations. Once the number of existing retail licenses in a municipality exceeds the per capita quota, an applicant must receive written approval, in the form of a municipal ordinance or resolution following a hearing, from the municipality before the Liquor Control Board can consider the application.


High school plans to move forward

Renovation of the high school will proceed as planned, but school directors have opted to borrow money for the $32 million project in increments, not one lump sum.

The school board Monday approved borrowing another $10 million for the project after motion for a delay was rejected. Directors considered other options, including raising taxes by a mill for two years. After discussion, directors approved another series of bonds for at least $10 million to be paid off in at least 17 years.

Last year, the board approved a $9.4 million bond to be spent on the 41-year-old high school or other smaller projects throughout the district.

The project has been in the works for the past six years while plans and funding were studied.

Bids are expected to be sought in March, with construction beginning after the school year ends. The board anticipates taking out a third bond once the full cost of the project is determined.

The board had considered putting the project on hold after business manager Brett Lago expressed uncertainty about the district's upcoming financial needs, including teacher salaries, health care and pension costs.

"I'm uncomfortable that there's so many uncertainties right now, and I don't want to put all of our eggs in one basket," Mr. Lago said.

Proposed renovations at the high school are expected to include updated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, additional science labs and auditorium upgrades. Plans call for the addition of 66 parking spaces and improved cafeteria and kitchen equipment.

Mr. Lago pointed out that the plan does not include improvements to the school's boiler system, lights or gymnasium, nor does it include the possible relocation of the administrative offices to the high school.

If that move is a possibility, Mr. Lago said it should be incorporated now into the high school plan.

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