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Resident input sought on road widening

The public will get a chance today to review and comment on proposed plans for widening Pike Street (Route 1009) and Country Club Road (Route 4049) to provide turning lanes and improve the turning radius at the intersection of the two roads. The traffic signal and railroad crossing at the intersection also will be replaced.

Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will be available to answer questions and receive comments on the project from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Chartiers municipal building, 2 Buccaneer Drive.

Some initial work involving drainage, utility relocation, building demolition and replacement of the railroad crossing is scheduled for this year. Most of the construction is expected to take place next year, with all work to be completed by mid-July 2015.

PennDOT has retained Gannett Fleming Inc. to conduct engineering design.

The Chartiers municipal building is handicapped accessible, but those who need assistance to attend the meeting are asked to contact PennDOT beforehand. For additional information about the meeting: Barry Lyons, 724-439-7336; James Flynn at Gannett Fleming, 412-922-5575.


More bollards may be installed

Commissioners are considering the installation of another set of concrete safety posts, or bollards, on Carothers Avenue, even though the first set, installed last fall near Finley Avenue in the Glendale section of the township, has drawn criticism from residents.

The proposed new group would be at the intersection with Magazine Street, which some consider to be the center of a revitalization project that has been underway for several years. Benches would be placed there, too, for those waiting for buses.

At the board's March 11 workshop, design engineers working on the $2 million Tri-Community Revitalization program that also involves parts of Carnegie and Heidelberg, said bollards are decorative and pass the federal government's safety test. The bollards are made of concrete formed around pieces of steel beams that extend 14 inches above ground.

Residents are worried because late one night in January a driver sheared off much of the above-ground portions of several bollards at Carothers and Finley. The bollards were installed there to protect bus shelters used by both students and adults. No one was injured in the incident, and the broken bollards have not been replaced.

However, the engineers noted that jersey barriers would provide more protection than bollards from vehicle crashes.

Residents have also objected to the bollards' appearance, which many think are phallic-looking and too modern for that section of Scott, which traces its roots to the early 1800s.

Police Chief James Secreet said that many accidents, particularly those involving sideswiped cars and mirrors, occur on Carothers, which prompted one of the engineers to suggest relocation of the proposed bus stop at Magazine.

In other business, officials discussed the possible sale of the former public safety building in the Glendale area. Scott purchased the commercial garage on 2.66 acres of property in 1968.

Because it is owned by a governmental agency, it is exempt from taxes, but officials are looking to divide it among the approximately 20 adjacent properties.

Also, the township is looking for a grant of between $200,000 and $400,000 to upgrade plans for a proposed synthetic ice rink for the main park. Commissioner Eileen Meyers, who is supporting the project, said the upgrade would mean various types of skates could be used on the rink.


Mr. Canevin named to raise money for charities

Senior Zach Cortese recently was crowned Mr. Canevin in a fundraising program to benefit the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Pittsburgh Pirate Charities, Multiple Sclerosis Society and Ronald McDonald House.

Instead of competing in academics, sports, or other talents, six contestants raised awareness and money for a charity of their choice with activities such as Communi-tee shirt sales, dress down days for students, bake sales, and a Best of BC Matball tournament. Matball is an indoor game with some similarities to baseball.

The top two seniors, Patrick Bernauer, represented the American Heart Association and Zach Cortese, the Ronald McDonald House. Each raised more than $1,000 each for their charity.

Other nominees were Patrick Bernauer, Brennan Cahill, Eric Shorthouse, Jordan Spadafora and Mark DeSchon.


Marching band gets Best Band award

The Little Green Machine marching band received the Allegheny County Executive’s Award as Best Band from Allegheny County in Saturday's St. Patrick's Day parade.

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