Borough officials recently acknowledged Black History Month by recognizing noteworthy achievements of residents.
Among those honored were:
• Sarah Munger, the first African-American teacher to teach at the former Coraopolis School District.
• Police Chief Howard White, who broke the color barrier at the Pittsburgh Police Academy and became one of the first black police chief in the state.
• Elsie White, who established a community senior citizens lunch program in 1978 called New Traditions.
• Chuck Spencer, a Robert Morris University police officer and a part-time officer in Coraopolis who volunteers with youth activities.
• Shelley Jones, the first African-American woman to serve on council.
Supervisors approved plans Feb. 13 for Carpenter Powder Products Inc. of Collier to build a 127,250-square-foot manufacturing facility in Findlay Industrial Park, at the Westport interchange of the Findlay Connector (Interstate 576) toll highway.
Township manager Gary Klingman said the company plans to move its present location to gain more space.
Ron Raine of RPA Engineering, who presented the plans, said the company melts steel and turns it into a fine powder that's sold to other manufacturers for items such as hip joints and aerospace products.
Supervisors also approved moving forward with the possible creation of a Westport Transportation Development District to advance plans for improvements in the area.
• Findlay Township Municipal Authority is working on plans to finance and build a $5 million to $7 million sewage treatment plant and a $3.2 million water transmission line to handle future development, manager Jason Orsini said Feb. 13. He said funding is being sought outside the township.
Applications are being accepted for the vacancy board, which appoints individuals to council if council members cannot fill the vacancy within 30 days. The vacancy board has 15 days to make the appointment. Board members are not paid.
Applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to borough manager Joe Kauer, 1631 E. Railroad St., Heidelberg, PA 15106.
• Antonino Balsamo was hired Feb. 12 as a part-time patrolman to replace part-time officers Scott Kercher and Rachael Anderson who resigned. Mr. Balsamo is a Marine Corps veteran.
• A portion of the parking lane on Route 50, which is East Railroad Street, will be restricted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, starting March 1, between Collier Avenue and First Street while Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Inc. replaces a pipeline.
More than 1,600 feet of steel pipe will be replaced with plastic pipe. The project is expected to be completed by April 30.
Construction work will require a temporary interruption of gas service for customers while their line is connected to the new gas main. Columbia will contact customers before shutting off service and to schedule service restoration.
• Richard Pattinato was appointed Tuesday to the planning commission with a four-year term until Dec. 31, 2016.
Mr. Pattinato is a resident of Grant Avenue and a physical education and health teacher.
The planning commission makes recommendations on future land developments, zoning changes and ordinances related to borough projects. The five-member commission also makes capital improvement recommendations to council. Members are unpaid.
• Patrolman Adam Nida was presented a letter of commendation Tuesday night by Mayor Kenneth LaSota for his work and investigative efforts leading to the arrest of three individuals for a burglary Dec. 11 at 243 Hogan Way.
The mayor said Mr. Nida's persistence and perseverance in an 18-month investigation that involved search warrants for cell phone records and use of the Heidelberg Park camera system to identify a vehicle. He also was praised for his work with police from Pittsburgh, Robinson and Houston, Washington County.
Also, the mayor said Mr. Nida "was able to piece this puzzle together and make the necessary arrests. His superb investigative techniques yielded three arrests and removed three miscreants from our streets."
Officials said Feb. 12 that police Officer Ed Povirk, who will return to police duty after retiring in 2005, has passed all of his required recertification.
Officials expect him to be on duty as Scott's armed school resource officer at the Chartiers Valley Intermediate School in a few weeks. Sgt. Al Annesi has been acting as resource officer temporarily. Collier Officers Bill Oslick and Steve Oberle are serving in similar capacities at the primary school and middle/high schools.
• An ordinance fixing compensation for elected tax collector Lisa Riley was approved.
She will receive $2,000 a year for collecting real estate taxes, plus reimbursement for printing and postage expenses. She also will be paid for collecting delinquent real estate taxes.neigh_west