Council on Monday approved a three-year contract for public works employees that calls for wage increases of 2 percent each year, an increase in the uniform allowance from $160 to $200 per year, and double-time pay for work on holidays.
Council also approved a three-year contract with Waste Management for garbage and recycling services. The cost per household will be $182.04 in 2013, $185.64 in 2014 and $189.36 in 2015. The service includes electronic waste recycling and household hazardous waste pickup.
A payment of $10,800 was approved to Amity Asphalt Paving of Houston, Washington County, for work on speed humps to slow traffic on Ridge Road. Lines will be striped on the road, and signs will be erected to warn motorists.
Borough manager Lori Collins said speed humps are used in parking lots to slow traffic but are illegal for public roads. She said they tend to slow motorists but allow drivers to remain in control of their vehicles.
Speed bumps are installed on borough streets because ambulances and police cars must be able to use the public streets and respond quickly to emergencies, she said.
Residents donated enough canned goods and items to fill a mid-size U-Haul truck, which departed last Thursday, for Kearny, N.J., one of the towns damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
Former councilman Tom Toomey contacted the town to let them know that residents had collected items to help storm victims. He said he didn't believe anyone in Coraopolis is related to or knows anyone in Kearny, but people wanted to help.
• Council approved a one-year, $335,280 contract with Waste Management for garbage collection. The pact has an option for two additional years. Valley Waste Service Inc. of Beaver Falls had provided waste removal for three years.
• Council will discuss at its Dec. 5 workshop meeting the $200,000 Transportation Community and System Preservation Program grant it received from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The funds will help prepare engineering, specifications, bid documents and permits to construct a 2.5-mile segment of the Ohio River Trail through Coraopolis and Moon. The project is the first phase of the Ohio River bike and pedestrian trail along the south shore of the river.
Manager Raymond McCutcheon said the project will be challenging because the route is in a confined area and there are many safety issues. The trail would link the Montour Trail with the planned waterfront park in Moon.
The police department is collecting new toys for children ages 12 and younger in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps' annual Toys for Tots program. Toys can be delivered from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. any day until Dec. 10.
Supervisors will hold a hearing at 7 p.m. Monday on a proposed liquor license transfer that would allow beer to be sold and served in a restaurant/cafe in Giant Eagle in Moon Plaza on University Boulevard.
Giant Eagle spokesman Dick Roberts said state law allows an establishment that sells food to serve a customer two beers and to sell no more than two six-packs of beer to be taken off the premises.
• Lance Welliver, assistant director of parks and recreation since March 2009, has been promoted to interim parks and recreation director to fill the vacancy created by the Oct. 3 resignation of Dana Kasler. Mr. Welliver will be paid an annual salary of $61,301.
Commissioners voted 5-0 Nov. 5 to advertise an ordinance to adopt the 2006 International Fire Code. Final approval is expected in December.
Manager Aaron Bibro said the regulations would not be retroactive and would not apply to any building plans the township already has approved.
In June, township fire inspectors revoked Montour High School's temporary occupancy permits, saying the district must upgrade an emergency access road as required by the 2006 fire code.
However, the township later reinstated the permits through the current school year after it was discovered that Robinson had never adopted the code and therefore, could not legally enforce it.
A $300,000 tax anticipation note, or TAN, will be secured to provide operating funds for the early months of next year.
Commissioner Bill Hoffman said Tuesday night that the loan will be through PNC Bank at a rate of about 2 percent. TAN loans cost the township approximately $7,000 to $8,000 per year in interest, he said.
Mr. Hoffman said he was hopeful the loan amount could be borrowed from and then repaid to the township's sewer maintenance fund instead of paying interest to a financial institution. After checking how the maintenance fund was structured and after review by solicitors, he dropped the plan.
It is uncertain if the loan can be paid back early or if the township will have to wait until the end of 2013 to repay.
• Commissioners approved the purchase on an additional laptop computer for use by the police department as a mobile data terminal. The department has two laptops for use inside its vehicles. All six police vehicles are wired for the portable computer terminals. Additionally, they directed the department to begin applying for grants from large retailers such as Wal-Mart.
• A stop sign is proposed for River Street at Ohio Street in Presston. The solicitor will draft an ordinance and advertise this proposed change.
• The township will be offering Civil Service testing for potential police department employees. The test had not been offered in Stowe for six years, Commissioner Cheryl McDermott said. In past months, officials have discussed the possibility of hiring more full-time officers.neigh_west