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Council Monday approved Precious Angels Child Care Center's application to use 321 Third Ave. as a child care facility.

"I think it's a welcome addition to that area," Mayor Jack Kobistek said after the vote. "It'll be a benefit not only for that area but also for the entire community."

Michelle Clark, president and owner of the center, which also has a location in Crafton, said the multicultural year-round facility would be open to 63 children ages 6 weeks through fourth-graders. Licensed by the state Department of Welfare and a participant in the Keystone Stars program, the center features a creative curriculum with hands-on art projects.

"We do more than babysit," Mrs. Clark said.

The center will open in March with a staff of eight full-timers and some fill-in part-timers. It will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Parents will be able to use on-street parking for drop-offs and pick-ups.

• Council Monday voted 5-0 with Carol Covi absent, to ratify a Dec. 27 vote to remove public works supervisor Keith Hatcher from administrative leave and reinstate him to his post and to relieve Dan Butera from his temporary assignment as the supervisor, returning him to his prior assignment. The changes were effective Dec. 28.

Council president Rick D'Loss said the issue is a personnel matter that stemmed from an October non-work related incident. He said Mr. Hatcher, who was not at the meeting, did not violate any borough laws or policies.

• Councilman Pat Catena, administration and finance chair, warned residents with outstanding taxes to pay up because the borough has received a list of tax delinquents, effective Dec. 31, 2010, that it could publish as of March 1.

"This is very important revenue we need to be collecting," he said, adding he does not want to raise taxes on those who pay when their is outstanding revenue owed to the borough.

• The Meals on Wheels program operating at St. John's Lutheran Church on Washington Avenue "desperately needs drivers," Mr. Kobistek said. "It's very rewarding," the mayor said, noting routes typically take 90 minutes to complete.

North Fayette

North Fayette Volunteer Fire Department has elected Gary Hamilton chief; Jason Boyce, assistant chief; and Rick Martin, deputy chief. Paul Cunningham is president.

At the supervisors' meeting Tuesday night, Mr. Hamilton said the department will begin providing monthly reports. He presented a summary report for 2011 that showed 373 fire-related calls, 1,900 hours of volunteer training and 74 hours of community fire prevention programs.

Mr. Boyce, who is district chief of Northwest EMS, said the ambulance firm answered 1,356 calls in North Fayette last year.

Robinson

Commissioners voted Monday to combine their monthly workshop and voting meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Monday in the municipal building, 1000 Church Hill Road. The reorganization will continue on Jan. 23 to appoint a treasurer to replace Ed "Tex" Ritter, who resigned.

Scott

A retired certified public accountant is Scott's newest commissioner.

Donald Giudici, a resident of Ryan Drive in the 9th Ward, unanimously was selected Tuesday to replace James Walther, who resigned last month after serving three terms.

"I pledge to represent my ward and the residents of the township to the best of my ability," Mr. Giudici said after he was sworn into office.

A resident since 1974, Mr. Giudici is a Democrat who has served on the police pension board. He is a U.S. Army veteran who has worked in both the public and private sectors, and he volunteers at SS. Simon & Jude church. He and his wife, Donna, have three children.

He said he enjoys interacting with residents to solve issues and promised, "I will work diligently with my fellow commissioners to serve the residents of the 9th Ward."

Because Mr. Walther was re-elected in November to a fourth term, Mr. Giudici will serve only the first two years. The remaining two years of the term will be listed on the Primary election ballot in 2013.

Another Ryan Drive resident, Bruce Kutz, submitted his name for consideration. A retired steelworker who worked in accounting, purchasing and inventory management, he said he hoped his background would be of some use. He has lived in Scott for two years.

Board president Tom Castello urged Mr. Kutz to retain his interest in the township and consider applying for appointed positions on other boards.

Mr. Walther resigned at the request of his employer, PNC Bank, which about a year ago instituted a policy against employees running for public office.

• Commissioners voted unanimously to ratify a memo of understanding with the police department that institutes a 12-hour shift work schedule. The new schedule went into effect Sunday.



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