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Commissioners voted 5-0 Monday to appoint Bruce Dice & Associates of Plum as the township solicitor, effective immediately.

Pay includes a $750 monthly retainer plus a $110 hourly rate.

Mr. Dice's firm also provides legal counsel to Monroeville, Plum, Penn Hills and other municipalities and school districts.

Robinson officials had publicly interviewed 12 law firms to replace Goldberg Kamin & Garvin LLP of Pittsburgh.

• Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. April 2, a day later than usual due to the Easter holiday.

• Cost of Clever Park swimming pool passes will increase by about $5 a person in the coming season, according to a resolution that Robinson commissioners approved Monday. The pool will reopen Memorial Day weekend.

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Residents can expect their next sewer bills to look different, but that should be a good thing.

The bills that were mailed to residents in January resulted in confusion because they lacked information except the water charge, which was high in many cases.

"I've never received a bill like that in my whole life," said Commissioner Bill Wells, who said many people complained the bills were incomplete.

The new bills will include usage amounts.

Municipalities are taking over the sewer billings from Pennsylvania-American Water Co.

Some communities are doing the billings themselves, but others have farmed out the work to agencies such as Jordan Tax.

Resident Pat Martin said the bills from Jordan have a lot more information, including account numbers, a breakdown of charges, rate information and phone numbers to call with questions.

• Township engineer Larry Lennon will discuss his report concerning flooding problems related to Hope Street at the commissioners' workshop meeting Tuesday.

• Public works employees and their attorney, Gary Alward, pressed for resolution of their labor contract, which has been unsettled for 14 months. Among the issues are wage increases and mandatory call-outs in the winter for all employees with commercial drivers' licenses.

"We can't have a provision in the township that is voluntary," solicitor Robert McTiernan said.

However, state Commercial Driver's License regulations provide rest guidelines for people with commercial licenses.

The township has 15 public works employees.

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