Allegheny County Council briefs

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Here are news briefs from the recent Allegheny County Council meeting:

Allegheny County Emergency Services chief told county council he was leaving a department at the top of its game.

Chief Bob Full has accepted a job as second-in-command of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. He was honored March 1 with a council proclamation.

Mr. Full started the emergency services department in 1998.

He thanked department employees for their hard work during his tenure. When it came time for a photograph to record the event, Mr. Full requested that all emergency services workers attending the council meeting be included in the picture.

Councilman Jim Burn, D-Millvale, cited Mr. Full's ability to be calm in a crisis and his skill as a teacher of other local emergency management coordinators.

Mr. Burn, one of Mr. Full's students when he was mayor of Millvale, learned from Mr. Full how to update the community's emergency plan. That document proved invaluable when rains from Hurricane Ivan caused major flooding in the borough in 2004.

• Employees of the county public works department also drew praise for their "timely and efficient response" to heavier-than-expected snow accumulation Feb. 21. Although as much as 10 inches of snow fell, crews had county roads cleared within hours, Councilman Rich Fitzpatrick, D-Squirrel Hill, said.

"The thanks goes to the men and women on the front line," Philip LaMay, deputy public works director, said.

• When 83-year-old James J. Robinson was honored by county council for his lifetime dedication to civil rights and community efforts, the North Side minister said the real hero was standing next to him.

His wife, Betty Robinson, is "smarter than I am, prettier than I am, and tougher than I am," he said.

Since his arrival in Pittsburgh in 1962, Rev. Robinson had been a leader in fair housing, education, youth recreation and training programs.

Rev. Robinson, who served 35 years as pastor of Bidwell Presbyterian Church, said he learned much more from residents of the Manchester neighborhood he served than he ever taught them.

• North Allegheny senior Alex Papson received a certificate of recognition for being named a football player of the year. His team won the PIAA Quad A state championship last season.

• Council issued a proclamation honoring Jack Wise of Moon for his 15 years on the county redevelopment authority. He was chairman or vice chairman for eight of those years. Mr. Wise thanked two deceased county commissioners, Pete Flaherty and Tom Foerster, for giving him his start in county service.

• Eleven Boy Scouts were given certificates of achievement by council for earning their Eagle Scout ranks: Zach Podolinsky of Troop 830 in Clinton; Ryan Jaracz of Troop 365 in Bridgeville; Benjamin Ziegler of Troop 1460 in White Oak; John Patrick Hanna of Troop 17 in Allison Park; and Philip Heinrich, Brian Begly, Robert Deklewa, Sean Helliar, Shane Hill, Benjamin Rogers and Broderik Haney of Troop 248 in Oakdale.

Tony Zottola of Shaler, a long-time employee of the public works department who retired recently, received a certificate of recognition.

• Council took note of two long marriages. Richard and Dolores Ingram of Versailles have been married 50 years. Ed and Rae Slater of Liberty marked their 60th anniversary.

• Council approved appointments and reappointments to a variety of county-affiliated agencies. Candidates were recommended by County Executive Dan Onorato and approved by council's appointment review committee.

Sally Griffith Cimini, a lawyer with the Downtown firm of Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, was reappointed to the personnel board.

Melvin C. Pollard of Whitehall was appointed to the children, youth and families advisory committee.

R. Lindsay Hargrove of McKees Rocks and Monica D. Lamar, principal of Pittsburgh's Dilworth School, will serve on the drug and alcohol planning council. Dilworth School serves students from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade.

Alice Paylor-Dais of Homestead and Erin Dalton of Oakland were appointed to the juvenile detention board of advisors. Ms. Dalton is deputy director of the county department of human services.

George Owens of Brentwood and Michael Enright of Homestead were reappointed to the county's mental health-mental retardation advisory board.


Len Barcousky: lbarcousky@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1159.


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