Two houses to be demolished in Ross

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Ross commissioners Monday approved the demolition of two houses, allowed a contractor to work at night and discussed a proposed ordinance to set rules for the use of township parks.

Commissioners voted 8-0 to demolish structures at 135 McIntyre Road and 106 Ninth Ave. next year. The township will apply for grants from the county to pay for the demolition.

John Vasalani of Ninth Avenue asked if police presence could be increased on the street. The house is surrounded by woods and there is a "lot of activity" by teenagers at and near the house, he said.

In other action, commissioners voted to allow Mosites Construction to work on the Center Avenue Bridge from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Friday.

The end of the bridge that will be affected is in a valley next to Interstate 279, and few houses are in the area, Commissioner David Mikec said.

"Anything to keep the project moving," he said. "I think it is a fairly isolated site for residents. I don't think there will be any big complaints."

The rehabilitation of the bridge is expected to be done in early October.

Commissioner Dan DeMarco complained that Mosites did not give commissioners enough notice. The vote was taken at 7:50 p.m. Monday, 10 minutes before the work was to begin.

"Obviously, we don't want to hinder them completing a project," he said. "In the future, it would be nice if these people would come well in advance."

Manager Doug Sample said the contractor called the morning after the commissioners' previous meeting.

Commissioners also discussed a proposal from police Chief Robert Bellan to set rules governing the use of township parks.

The rules would include hours of operation, a prohibition on parking on grassy areas unless allowed by fire police during an event and a prohibition on using metal detectors.

Chief Bellan asked commissioners to look at the draft and give him written suggestions for improvements.

"If we are going to take the time to do it, we have to cover all our concerns," he said.

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Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.


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