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Carnegie

Council approved a $5,000 settlement with Police Chief Jeffrey Harbin, who is using up his vacation days prior to his Aug. 9 retirement.

Councilman Joe Lucas explained that the chief had accumulated more than 100 sick days and that the payment is a resolution of what those days are worth.

Mayor Kobistek pointed out that Chief Harbin did not have a contract with the borough, but that future chiefs will.

Councilman Veres voted against the settlement.

Removed from the agenda was the appointment of Stephen Beuter as borough manager while the necessary paperwork is obtained for his contract. Mr. Beuter attended Monday's meeting and sat in the manager's chair.

"You should not read anything negative into it," council President Rick D'Loss said.

• Tabled for the second month was an ordinance that would recognize the Carnegie Fire and Rescue Bureau as Carnegie's official fire company. However, council indicated it would continue to work toward developing such an ordinance.

• Councilman Pat Catena, finance chairman, reminded residents that tax bills will be coming due soon. Pointing out the borough borrows money to pay expenses the first half of each year, he adds that officials count on prompt tax payments to get through the remaining months.

The borough intends to publish a list of liened property owners on its website in the hopes of collecting back taxes rather than raising future ones.

• The next veteran's flag ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Carnegie Municipal Building.

It will honor World War II Navy veteran Ernest M. Enrietti, who served aboard the USS Langley, which was involved in numerous confrontations against Japanese enemy forces in the South Pacific. During his service, he was awarded a number of medals, including the Navy Unit Commendation Medal for Heroism.

After the war, Mr. Enrietti returned home and was the owner of Enrietti News for many years.

• The borough suggest residents do the Carnegie Crawl from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday by strolling from one end of Carnegie to the other to see what local businesses, art venues and restaurants have to offer.

Each participating business will have an orange snail hanging or displayed in its window and flyers with a map. Those who visit each participating business and get their flyer stamped should enter the drawing Aug. 9 to win prizes. Flyers can be turned in at any participating business.

Findlay

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will arrive Monday to examine the police department's policy and procedures, management, operations and support services,

Verification by the team that the department meets the commission's standards is part of a voluntary process to gain reaccreditation.

The department achieved accredited status in November 1993 and was reaccredited in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010.

Agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the conference room of the municipal building, 1271 Route 30. Those who can't attend can phone their comments between 1 and 3 p.m. Tuesday to 412-287-3265.

Heidelberg

Ice cream, music, games, raffles and activities for all ages will be featured starting at 6 p.m. Friday during family night in Heidelberg Park on Industry Way.

Moon

Joshua W. Merow, who graduated this year from Moon Area High School and is a member of Boy Scout Troop 310, was recognized July 1 by supervisors for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He completed a landscape architecture project at Sharon Community Presbyterian Church, where he led a group of adults and scouts in creating a scenic barrier of pine trees between the church parking lot and a school tennis court.

• Supervisors recognized the Czech Society of America CSA Fraternal Life, America's oldest fraternal benefit society. It was founded in 1854.

Board members also recognized the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

North Fayette

Residents are invited to a free picnic in Donaldson Community Park from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The event will feature a car cruise, kid's games, hotdogs and a Dixieland band.

Families are welcome to bring additional picnic supplies and kites to the multipurpose field in the park, which is adjacent to Donaldson Elementary School.

The township's first-ever community picnic celebrates National Parks & Recreation Month, parks director Bob Brozovich said.

• The township accepted a $1,000 donation check Tuesday from the North Fayette Athletic Association, which oversees about 450 youth who play baseball, softball and floor hockey. President Rob Danzik said the funds may offset the cost of field maintenance.

• The township is considering participation in an Allegheny County program that allows homeowners to buy adjacent lots that are vacant and tax delinquent.

Development director Laura Ludwig said a resident recently expressed interest after learning that another town, Heidelberg, is taking part.

The program waives back taxes and liens, and pays most closing costs, when bordering homeowners buy the property at appraised value, usually about $3,000.

• North Fayette expects to save $12,000 in electricity costs over two years through a contract approved Tuesday with Hess Energy/Hess Corp. of Woodbridge, N.J. The township's rate will decrease from 0.056 to 0.053 per kilowatt hour, fiscal director David Lodovico said.

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