Township approves site plans
North Huntingdon —The commissioners last week approved these site plans:
• Willow Estates Phase IV Derby Court — development of about 15 acres into six lots for detached single-family homes and 24 lots for attached patio homes;
• Tuscan Hills Subdivision Phase 1 — development of about 18 acres along Barnes Lake Road to include 33 lots for single-family homes;
• Lincoln Hills Phase VIII Site Plan No. 1 — development of three lots for commercial purposes and one lot for a storm water retention pond. The new Express Scripts building will be constructed on one of the lots.
• Guffey Barn — In addition to approval of a site plan for the barn, which is used for weddings and other parties, a temporary occupancy permit was issued on the condition that the owner complete some work required by the township by the end of September.
Unwanted medicine to be accepted
Unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications, including medicine for animals, will be accepted for free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at locations throughout the region as part of the eighth National Drug Take-Back Day.
For information and locations: www.dea.gov.
Penn Hills refinances bonds
Penn Hills — Council on April 7 approved an $18 million bond issue to refinance bonds issued in 2005 and 2009. Penn Hills is expected to realize a lump sum cash savings of $553,000 on the 2009 Series B bonds and an annual savings of $247,000 in 2014 and $307,000 in 2015 by reducing the debt service costs on the 2005 Series A bonds.
■ Council has awarded two contracts for completion of a wide range of sewer repair projects this year: a $777,777 contract to Soli Construction of Irwin and a $872,530 contract to State Pipe Services Inc. of Cranberry.
■ Council awarded a $52,000 contract to realign the Thompson Run stream to Levine Engineering of Altoona. Manager Moe Rayan said Levine was not the low bidder but was the only bidder that met requirements set by the state Department of Environment Protection to qualify for a federal grant that will offset 55 percent of the project cost.
Radio station offers air time
Irwin — Robert Stevens, owner of WKHB-FM, has offered to allow Irwin to have a free 10- to 30-minute radio show on the station on Sunday mornings, borough manager Mary Benko told council April 3.
A 30-minute time frame could be shared with North Huntingdon and/or North Irwin. Council members said they wanted to think about the offer before making a decision.
Mt. Pleasant Borough has a radio show on Sunday mornings.
Towns named banner communities
Areawide — Wilkins was among 18 towns this year that once again received the Banner Community designation from the Allegheny League of Municipalities and Allegheny County for "implementing best practices in all aspects of their operations and governing in an inclusive, collaborative manner."
The other towns that received the designation once again in 2014 are Collier, Cranberry, Etna, Hampton, Indiana Township, Leetsdale, McCandless, Moon, North Fayette, Ohio Township, Reserve, Richland, Ross, Sewickley, Tarentum, Upper St. Clair and Whitehall.
These 13 towns received the designation for the first time this year: Baldwin Borough, Bethel Park, Castle Shannon, East McKeesport, Heidelberg, Millvale, Mt. Lebanon, O’Hara, Pine, Port Vue, Scott, Sharpsburg and South Park.
To be eligible for the Banner Community program, towns must take part in educational or training programs through Allegheny League of Municipalities, Local Government Academy or the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development or in a governing mentoring program and be active in a council of governments, participating in a COG cooperative purchasing program and at least one shared municipal service.
Other criteria include promoting local government or communicating with the community about delivery of services, achieving certification through Sustainable Pittsburgh, managing employee pensions at funding levels of at least 90 percent, and maintaining an up-to-date municipal comprehensive plan.