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Council approved a memorandum of understanding with the Carnegie Community Development Corporation to develop and fund a five-year Way Finding Sign Plan that would identify points of interest and entrances to the community.

Officials also agreed to advertise an ordinance that would require that building permits be obtained for construction or development on property that is subject to flooding. Solicitor Joe Lucas explained the measure is necessary to comply with Federal Emergency Management Agency updated flood plain maps.

• A. Folino Construction Inc. was awarded a $274,131.58 contract for the street paving program to include Third Street, Williams Way, Woodridge Drive, Church Street, Steen Street and Seventh Avenue between Elm and Cubbage.

• Officials approved an agreement with Bill Gamble, a police testing and management consultant, to help update the borough's Civil Service rules and regulations.

"This is a necessity to bring us into compliance with current Civil Service regulations," Councilman Mike Sarsfield said.

• Council accepted the resignation of Karri Moehring from the Shade Tree Commission and appointed Karyn Rok in her place. Ms. Rok's term will expire in June 2016.

Mary Ann Paff, Richard Meyer and Marlene Smith-Pendleton were reappointed to the Chartiers Valley Industrial and Commercial Development Authority. Stephen M. Wayhart and Douglas T. Laderer were appointed to fill vacancies on the same board.

Hanna Brandbura was appointed to the vacant junior council position. Her term will expire at the end of the year.

• Donations of shoes, running gear and supplies are being accepted as part of the annual Carnegie 5K on April 27.

Collections will continue until race day for gently used running shoes, new socks, hats, caps, sunglasses, gloves, watches and pedometers. All running items will be distributed to the needy by the Chartiers Service Center (Salvation Army).


Commissioners unanimously approved a comprehensive plan for the next 10 years that takes into account an expanding population and growth and residents' desire to maintain the township's 14.2 square miles of natural beauty.

Its vision statement reads, "Collier Township aspires to be a distinctive community where high quality of life is enhanced by compatible development and conservation with proactive, effective and responsible leadership."

After the vote April 10, township manager Sal Sirabella said he was pleased with the latest planning document.

"It gets the community focused on what we've done and what we want to be," he said.

According to the 2010 census, Collier's population grew 34.5 percent since 2000, but 40 percent of the township remains undeveloped.

Among the goals and objectives are managing growth and housing development, preserving the township's rural character, promoting connectivity throughout the township and encouraging diverse modes of transportation, including safe vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Other aims include the encouragement of high-quality development, continued responsible stewardship of public resources and creation and promotion of the township's identity.

Comprehensive plans, also known as land use plans, are used by municipalities to plan for the future while safeguarding the past. They can be used in part to help plan infrastructure, public services, recreation and housing.


Council turned down a proposal by 4th Ward Councilman Robb Cardimen to install stop signs on First Avenue at Main, Mill, Mulberry and Broadway streets. But the issue likely isn't dead.

Mr. Cardimen, Calvin Jackson Jr,, Bill Del Monaco and John Pessy supported the proposal. Mayor Anthony Celeste Jr. broke the 4-4 vote tie with a no vote. Police Chief Alan De Russo said he knew nothing about the proposal and later walked out of the meeting. Mr. Cardimen said he tried to set up two meetings but the chief was unable to attend the first one and Mr. Cardimen had to work when the second meeting was scheduled.

Mr. Cardimen said he rushed it to vote because he was concerned about the safety of children playing ball on the street.

Mayor Celeste said he agreed that the stop signs are needed for safety, but he backed the chief, saying, "I feel we should all be on the same page." Mayor Celeste said he would set up a meeting with the chief.

The mayor said he would also ask the chief to have the area heavily patrolled. All eight members of council and the mayor said they are in favor of installing the stop signs. Council is expected to vote again on the issue May 8.


John Mahalchak was appointed Tuesday to the Civil Service Commission. His term will run to June 2015. He replaces Raymond Losego, who resigned.

Council also adopted an ordinance to install four-way stop signs at the intersection of First Street and Ellsworth Avenue.

• Parking will not be allowed from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. today during sweeping on the following streets: Washington Street, West Railroad Street, Zero Street, First Street, Industry Way, Hogans Way, Jackson Street, Hayes Street, Long Street, Cherry Lane (upper portion parallel to Garfield and Madison), Collier Avenue and Elm Way.

The parking ban will be from 7 to 9 a.m. today on East Railroad Street (Route 50).

A parking ban will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday on these streets: Ellsworth Avenue, Oak Way, Short Way (behind fire station), Second Street, Third Street, Fourth Street, Walnut Street, Walnut Street Extension, Madison Avenue, Garfield Avenue, Garfield Circle, Lincoln Avenue, Grant Avenue and Short Street.


The Ingram Civic Club will offer a $1,000 scholarship to a senior high school student who lives in the borough. The award will be made to one student entering the first year of a four-year college, two-year junior college, trade, secretarial or other program, which leads to a certificate of degree. The application deadline is April 30.

Scholarship criteria are available in school guidance offices or by calling Lori Sims at 412-458-1543.


Seitel Data Co. of Houston, Texas, will present two requests regarding the installation of seismic data equipment during a hearing at 7 p.m. May 1 in the municipal building.

The firm, which has an office in Monaca, is seeking permission from the township, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Allegheny County and homeowners to conduct a seismic survey along North Flaugherty Run Road and Spring Run Road Extension.

The second request is to place seismic boxes and geophones -- electronic receivers that pick up seismic vibrations -- along the outside of the playing area of the baseball field on Spring Run Road.

Bob Poorman, permit agent for Seitel, said his firm is mapping the subterranean territory to pinpoint drilling hazards for major faults and fissures.

Supervisors Chairman Marvin Eicher said April 3 that he had concerns about traffic during the testing because the Flaugherty Run Road Bridge is under construction.

Mr. Poorman said a convoy of "vibe" trucks will creep along Flaugherty Run Road, stopping every 40 feet to lower a vibration device. He said residents may feel a little vibration, but it would not knock pictures off walls.

It is expected the process would begin in midsummer and take six to eight weeks

Mr. Eicher said he also was concerned about the levels of risk to home foundations and to their wells.

Mr. Poorman said his firm would be financially responsible should there be any damage.

Most of the area that is being considered for testing is residential, and drilling is not permitted, Mr. Eicher said.

Moon officials said that there are no permits or requests for Marcellus Shale drilling and there is no Marcellus Shale drilling permitted where the seismic testing is being requested.

Questions and concerns can be addressed at Seitel's local office, 10 Industrial Park Road, Monaca, 724-728-8464 or www. seitel.com.



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