South at a glance: Chartiers Creek Bridge to close for repairs

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Canonsburg Lake safety course planned

North Strabane/Peters —  A course on safe paddling and water safety is being offered by the Canonsburg Lake Restoration & Improvement Committee at 5 p.m. on June 18 at Canonsburg Lake.

Pre-registration by May 30 is required for the free event, which will include tips on safely using life jackets and avoiding water hazards. Participants will be able to boat on the lake and learn safe paddling and kayaking techniques.

The state Fish & Boat Commission will offer the instruction and provide equipment, including boats and life jackets.  Details: or 724-413-6300.

Chartiers Creek Bridge to close for repairs

Carnegie — Motorists who use the Chartiers Creek Bridge, also known as the Third Street Bridge or the Glendale Bridge, have until the end of June before Allegheny County closes it for $2 million worth of deck repairs, Carnegie manager Steve Beuter announced Monday.

The project is scheduled to begin late next month and conclude at the end of November, said Mr. Beuter, who recently met with county and state transportation officials.

The two-lane bridge, which connects Carothers Avenue in Scott and Third Street in Carnegie, will be closed to traffic, but the sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians, he said.

"We'll keep you updated [on the planned work]," he told residents.

Built in 1927 by James F. Powers and the Allegheny County Department of Public Works, the metal 146-foot bridge is considered to be the longest of its type — a Warren pony truss — in Pennsylvania.

■ The Campbells Run Road project will not take place for two years, Councilman Mike Sarsfield said.

■ Duquesne Light Co. has a program that converts street lights to LED, which would save the borough money, Mr. Beuter said.

■ Officials accepted A&H Equipment's $38,000 bid for a 1996 Vactor Combination Sewer Cleaner. "This is something we've been trying to get for public works for some time, so they can do some sewer cleaning in-house," Councilwoman Sue Demko said.

Council President Pat Catena agreed, noting the borough has spent about $400,000, including labor, over the last three years to farm the work out.

"It's a no-brainer as far as I'm concerned," he said.

■ Council amended its ordinance governing street and sidewalk openings.

"I think it's a good ordinance for the community," said Mayor Jack Kobistek, who noted utility companies have caused some damage in the past. 

With the amended ordinance, residents with questions can call the borough to make sure the work is authorized and all permits have been obtained.

■ Officials voted to advertise a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. June 9 for a conditional use request for a proposed massage therapy business at 39 W. Main St.

■ Council members voted to support Senate Bill 1340 and House Bill 1272, which would enable municipal police to use the same motor vehicle speed-timing equipment as state police do.

"Forty-nine states allow this, but we don't," Councilman Phil Boyd said. "We'd like to join the masses."

■ These individuals were hired as part-time seasonal help with the public works department at $9 an hour: Brad Moehring, Dennis Lawrence Jr., Jeffrey Stephan Jr. and Jordan Oddi. Hired as a part-time seasonal worker at $18 an hour was Frank Shimatzki.

■ Bridget Van Dorn presented officials with a plaque from the National Arbor Day Foundation that recognizes Carnegie as a Tree City USA.

■ Mr. Kobistek said the 5k fundraising race April 26 to benefit the Carnegie Volunteer Fire Department grossed $21,240, which amounted to $17,429 after expenses. Last year's race netted $15,800. "It was a nice profit for the fire department," the mayor said. 

 ■ The mayor noted public works crews have built a water fountain at the dog park at Carnegie Park that can be used by pets and their owners.

■ Mr. Kobistek said the summer planting at the Carnegie Elementary School garden is scheduled for Monday, after which it will become a community garden. Anyone who would like to help care for the garden should contact him at 412-276-1414.

Green Tree hosts open house for retired police officer

Green Tree — Council and the police department will host an open house retirement reception for police Lt. Steve Psomas, who retired Jan. 31. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Monday in the Sycamore Room of the municipal center. It is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


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