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Cardboard compactor available to residents

Residents may now use the cardboard compactor in the police department's parking lot at the municipal building, 4100 Sardis Road.

The compactor will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, and residents should follow the instructions on the equipment.The compactor is for cardboard only; nothing else should be placed inside.

The police department will monitor the area surrounding the compactor via video. Residents should not leave trash, other recyclables or bulk items around the equipment.

Council approved a 60-day extension for AutoZone to sign off on the existing site approval for a new store or to provide an alternative traffic plan for delivery trucks. Following a discussion about the ability of trucks to enter and leave the site at 4830 William Penn Highway, council members were unwilling to approve a request from AutoZone that deliveries by tractor-trailer trucks be allowed at the new store.

“All of our 5,000 stores across the country receive deliveries from 18-wheel tractor-trailer trucks,” Curtis Zeigler, a project manager for AutoZone, told council. Mr. Zeigler asked council to waive a requirement prohibiting tractor-trailer deliveries. He said that while the company could schedule deliveries after store hours or on certain days, he could not change the type of delivery trucks used by the company.

Mr. Zeigler showed council a diagram indicating the turning radius of trucks entering and leaving the store site. The diagram showed that trucks will have to back into the parking lot after turning off Route 22.

According to Murrysville chief administrator Jim Morrison, the current site plan does not provide the necessary room for large trucks.

“There will be circulation problems with this type of truck,” he told council. “This will tie up two lanes of traffic turning westbound onto Route 22 and eastbound onto Old William Penn.” Mr. Morrison told council that the diagram was not available when the site plan was approved in September and therefore the restriction on tractor-trailer trucks was added.


Grants help fund projects

State funding totaling more than $450,000 will go toward four projects in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.

Funding was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency that administers Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages.

The largest grant was awarded to Trafford, which will receive $215,000 to fund improvements to the borough’s Westmoreland Park.

Other grants include $35,000 for the Airbrake Avenue walking trail in Wilmerding and $51,000 for ball fields and a playground in Plum.

Brackenridge received a $150,000 grant from PennWorks, which funds projects that construct or improve water and wastewater infrastructure.

State Sen. Jim Brewster, D-McKeesport, announced the grants.


Open house scheduled

Christian Fellowship Academy in Penn Township will host a community open house from 1 to 7 p.m. Jan. 27 as part of National School Choice Week 2014, the first time the school is participating in the nationwide commemoration.

To kick off its inaugural year in the celebration, the students will create get well cards to be delivered to patients at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

The school at Bushy Run and Ridge roads has 51 students in prekindergarten through sixth grade.

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