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The township's campaign to catch illegal dumpers has captured another violator.

Police Chief Tom Devin filed a citation Aug. 17 against Timothy Stawiarski, 51, of Heidelberg for dumping stone at the side of Fort Pitt Road.

Surveillance cameras recorded the dumping incident, the truck and its license plate. The cameras were provided by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.

In his report, Chief Devin said Mr. Stawiarski denied doing the dumping and said the photographs were not of him.

Mr. Stawiarski will face a hearing before South Fayette District Judge Maureen McGraw Desmet.

Three other persons -- one from Scott and two from South Fayette -- previously were cited for illegal dumping.

They will appear Sept. 19 before the district judge.

Green Tree

The Pennsylvania Resource Council will sponsor a backyard composting workshop at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Sycamore Room in the Municipal Center.

Cost is $50 a person or $55 for a couple. Participants will receive an 80-gallon composting bin.

Space is limited. Information and registration: www.greentreeboro.com.

Heidelberg

Borough officials participated in groundbreaking ceremonies last Thursday for a 14,5000-square-foot Goodwill retail store on Washington Street.

The property was acquired earlier this year by Burns and Scalo Real Estate Services who submitted redevelopment plans to the planning commission and Allegheny County.

The store is expected to open in January and employ 20 to 30 people.

Moon

Attorney Dusty Elias Kirk presented a conceptual site plan to supervisors Aug. 28 for a regional headquarters for Chevron that showed a welcome center, a parking garage with a walkway and a technical excellence center.

Ms. Kirk also said walking trails would be incorporated into the 61-acre site, which is the former Super Kmart Center above Montour Run Road.

She said Chevron would ask for the site to be rezoned from C-2 to mixed use. Chairman Marvin Eicher said there is a logical way of doing this without creating spot zoning. Manager Jeanne Creese said no requests have been submitted for rezoning or land development.

Township engineer Malcolm Petroccia said he was concerned about highly reactive specialty gases that might be used in the lab. Ms. Kirk said the facility would be mostly for water treatment.

Ms. Kirk said more than 550 jobs would be moved onto the site. Chevron has an office at 1550 Coraopolis Heights Road in Moon across from NOVA Chemicals.

The technical excellence center would be the first phase of the project. Attorney Alan Sable said there would be room for expansion.

• Allan Edwin Wampler of Synergy Real Estate told supervisors Aug. 28 that he plans to build an upscale hotel with 136 rooms on the site of an abandoned hotel on University Boulevard near the Eat'n Park, Arbys and Sheetz. He said the facility would have meeting rooms, a bar, restaurant and pool. He said two hotel chains are interested, but he declined to reveal their names.

Mr. Wampler said the absentee owners owe taxes on the hotel, and electrical lines run through the property, which once was a Howard Johnson. He said he met with officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation who suggested limiting access to the site, connecting it to a traffic light and creating a hotel campus.

He said he is hoping supervisors will work with him on the number of required parking spaces. Mr. Wampler also will be dealing with stormwater management. He said the grade of the site is 6 feet too high.

Supervisors Chairman Marvin Eicher said a parking analysis could be done, and Mr. Wampler could work with the surrounding businesses to share parking to stay within the township's ordinances.

Scott

Township engineer Larry Lennon distributed a report on residential flooding, which will be given to sewer committee members.

In addition, Gateway Engineers submitted a report on behalf of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, owner of Our Lady of Grace Church and School at Kane Boulevard and Bower Hill Road.

Bob Fischer, code enforcement officer, said the diocese has agreed to correct some issues believed to be responsible for flooding on Bower Hill Road.

"Things are in the works up there to help the people on Elmbrook," Mr. Fischer said, adding that Commissioner Dave Calabria has assisted many of the flooding victims. However, not all residents are satisfied.

Dennis Moorcroft of Berkwood Drive said his insurance claim was denied because his property hadn't flooded for a number of years. "That doesn't seem like a valid reason to me," Mr. Moorcroft stated.

Noting that his property is being hit with water from several sources and that the storm sewers Berkwood are across the street and above and below his home, Mr. Moorcroft asked for a timeline to correct these situations.

Board President Tom Castello said he couldn't answer that and pointed out that the township is dealing with flooding issues at 25-30 homes. Commissioner Don Giudici asked if the township's insurance carrier had sent out a representative, to which Mr. Moorcroft said no.

• Commissioners approved East Carnegie Volunteer Fire Department's request for $30,992 that will be used toward purchase of a new rescue truck and approved a $64,275 contract with Vince Strnisha Construction to replace storm sewers in the Glendale Volunteer Fire Department parking lot on Carothers Avenue.

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