Under a five-year contract extension with Allied Waste/Republic, township residents will be issued 32-gallon tubs to replace blue bags for discarding recyclables. Manager Sal Sirabella said the tubs will be more convenient for discarding newspapers, cardboard and cans. The new contract begins Jan. 1.
• Commissioners have asked the Civil Service Commission to prepare two full-time candidates and two part-time candidates for potential hires with the police department. The current 2010 list expired in June. Collier's police department has 14 members including the chief.
• A tisket, a tasket, where's the brown woven basket? Friends of Collier Parks and Recreation are searching for a basket containing the names of new members that has been missing since the Sept. 29 Oktoberfest celebration on the Panhandle Trail.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the basket should contact the township. Those who submitted membership applications should contact Gail Neustadt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lydia Ponticel, a junior at Cornell High School, was sworn in Oct. 10 by Mayor Anthony Celeste as a junior council member. She joins Evan Gregorius of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School as student representatives who serve as non-voting members.
• Resident Katie Marseilles thanked council members for removing the overgrown weeds on the sidewalk at her child's bus stop on School Street at McCabe Avenue.
She also urged council to condemn a vacant house at 1224 McCabe. Manager Ray McCutcheon said the building code enforcement officer is looking into the issue. Solictor Richard Start said the borough has more authority with code enforcement but that the school district gets a greater share of the tax pie so they should bear the greater expense in having it condemned. Council President John Pessy said it is hoped that the house can be demolished.
• Police Chief Alan De Russo said he is concerned that many homeowners do not display their house numbers prominently and that can pose problems for emergency responders.
To rectify that problem, Mike Keegan and David Brous, who are borough residents and captains of the Robert Morris lacrosse team, have volunteered their services and that of their teammates - 25 of whom live in Coraopolis.
Mr. Keegan said team members could paint house numbers on the curbs. Chief DeRusso thanked them but said temperatures are too cold and that the paint won't adhere to the concrete. The players also suggested that they could sponsor a lacrosse clinic for children in the borough.
Councilman Bill DelMonaco asked residents not to place their trash at the curb until the night before their pickup day. He said some residents have been placing their trash out as long as a week in advance. He also asked dog owners to clean up after their pets, not to block driveways and not feed feral cats.
• The borough has terminated its contract with Triangle Pet Control Services, which has been shutdown since Oct. 1 when state officials suspended its operating license because of unsanitary kennels and improper record-keeping.
Manager Ray McCutcheon said that Triangle would charge residents $50 or $60 to rent a trap. The borough was charged extra when the company was called on off hours or holidays. He said that they charged for all callouts and they also charged $25 for dead animal removal.
Council entered into a four-year agreement at $450 a month with Animal Control Services of Washington, Pa., through Nov. 30, 2016. The monthly charge is the same as the Triangle contact. Animal Control will not charge extra for off hours or holidays and would not charge for every call.
The TreeVitalize program that is helping to plant trees throughout the Pittsburgh area will have a planting at 9 a.m. Wednesday with volunteers gathering at Crafton Park on Steuben Street.
Adults are needed to assist in the planting. No tools and no experience is necessary.
Single-lane traffic will occur today from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today on Route 30, at its intersection with Clinton Road.
Lane Construction Corp., a contractor for the state Department of Transportation, is scheduled to repair potholes and uneven pavement on a portion of Route 30, as part of the $454,585 project that widened and leveled Clinton Road at Route 30.
• A proposed change to the township's Marcellus Shale regulations would allow natural gas drilling on low-density residential properties of at least 15 acres. Current rules prohibit drilling in all residential zones.
The change would permit drilling on 14 properties in the western area of the township, near the Beaver County border. The lots are bordered and surrounded by agricultural properties.
Findlay supervisors voted Oct. 10 to approve advertising the revised ordinance. A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in the municipal building, 1271 Route 30.
• Williams Midstream, a Tulsa, Okla.-based natural gas pipeline company involved with the Marcellus Shale industry, plans to occupy the four floors of the five-story Park Place Corporate Center II, 2000 Commerce Dr., in RIDC Park West in Findlay.
The company has leased the space and applied for a building permit for 74,620 square feet. More than 200 workers will move from a facility in Moon.
• Kvaerner North American Construction is renovating a 17,000-square-foot tenant space for an office and tool storage warehouse. The company is moving into the vacant building at 753 Route 30, between Imperial and Clinton, behind the former Davis Oil Co.
• The fourth and final building of McClaren Woods Business Park is in the process of being developed. Elmhurst Group of Pittsburgh has applied for a foundation permit for a 130,200-square-foot building.
West Railroad Street between Second and Fourth streets will be closed and parking will be restricted from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday during a tree-planting program.
The closing is for the safety of volunteers and allow the access and delivery of supplies and materials.
Residents can drop off yard waste such as tree limbs, leaves and plant matter to be composted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 4 at the Downes Fire Station on Beaver Grade Road near the Ewing Road intersection.
Brush should not exceed six feet in length and four inches in diameter and should not be bundled or tied. Residents should not discard of any materials at the composting site after hours unless special arrangements have been made by calling 412-262-1700.
Leaf collections started this week and will continue through the week of Oct. 29. Each street will have three opportunities to place their leaves curbside for pick up. For a schedule: www.townshipofrobinson.com/leaf.html.neigh_west