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Council voted Monday night to adopt the 2011 Allegheny County Hazard Mitigation Plan as the borough's plan. The adoption means the borough would be eligible for funding.

n Council voted to purchase a 2014 Ford Sedan Police Interceptor through the Central Westmoreland Council of Government's Purchasing Alliance. The cost is $26,120.

• Councilman Mark Sampogna, who participated in Monday's meeting via video screen because he is out of town, said the borough will receive a grant to purchase bullet-proof vests for the police department. The grant is for $2,597.20 - half of the vests' purchase cost.

Also approved was the purchase of an automated license plate reader system for one police vehicle. Cost is estimated at $5,000-$6,000. The license plate reader reads the characters on license plates and makes instant comparisons with a hot list of expired, suspended or stolen license plates. The system handles Amber Alerts, too.

Borough manager David Montz said officials feel the purchase is justified because of the high volume of traffic coming through the borough.

"You've advanced us into the 21st century," he told officials after the vote.

n Bill Simmons, president of the Green Tree Athletic Association, presented the borough with a plaque for its support.

• Jeff Linenberger, a chef, was named the Octoberfest Chili Cook Off winner. "Of all the entries, all the judges found this chili recipe to be the best by far," said Councilman Ron Panza. "It was just the perfect flavorings."

• The borough's annual Light-Up Night is 5-7 p.m. Dec. 7.

Moon

Supervisors authorized the administration on Sept. 25 to upgrade the municipal building telephone system and Internet network.

Jim Koepfinger, Moon Cable Access Television's executive director, said there would be significant savings in upgrading the system.

All township buildings would be connected in a new system, he said. Each building now has a separate phone system, which prevents callers from being transferred among departments.

Manager Jeanne Creese said the staff will be determine how many phones and phone lines are needed and will explore phone systems and Internet providers. More than one phone company is being considered.

"If the local Internet crashes, the phones could become analog or they could be transferred to cell phones," he said, adding that the township could have a computer interface that works with the phone to transfer messages directly to cell phones.

The phone system also could include a prerecorded message, Mr. Koepfinger said. For example, if ballfields are closed because of bad weather, a message on the parks office phone line could tell callers.

Cost for new phones, including a set-up fee, would range from $10,000 to $15,000, Moon finance director Lisa Lapaglia said.

The current system has other shortcomings. Ms. Lapaglia said some phones are programmed with names of former employees, which cannot be changed. She also said there are no phones in the conference rooms.

Robinson

Commissioners have changed next month's meeting to 7 p.m. Nov. 7 because of elections.

• Officials said Monday they are working on a plan to build a 68-space parking lot in Burkett Park, along with a 481-foot-long road connecting the lot with the Moon Run Road extension. The project also could include a four-way intersection and traffic light at Steubenville Pike, in conjunction with a proposed gas station.

• The township has issued a building permit for a Don's Appliances warehouse and offices on Bilmar Drive. Estimated cost is $2.5 million. The owner is Hillebrand Holdings LLC, and the builder is Al Neyer.

The planning commission is reviewing applications for a plan to add a ninth building to the Penn Center West campus off Campbells Run Road, and for a plan to build two hotels near the IHOP restaurant off Park Manor Boulevard.

Plans for a Hampton Inn at Settlers Ridge have been downsized from 110 to 100 rooms, and from 141 to 127 parking spaces, with no underground parking garage.

South Fayette

Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series will release "History of South Fayette Township" in the summer of 2014.

Original photographs, maps or postcards of South Fayette prior to 1950 are needed for consideration for inclusion in the book. Of particular interest are photos of houses of worship, cemeteries, residences and people of interest, businesses, mining, recreation and other topics.

Information: 724-693-9441 or charlotte59@comcast.net.

• The Zoning Hearing Board is expected to decide Nov. 20 on a request to mine coal at the former Mayview State Hospital property.

Attorneys for the township and for property owner Aloe Brothers LLC presented their cases Sept. 25 and Oct. 2.

The strip mining proposal includes removing 330,000 tons of coal from beneath 37 acres east of Mayview Road, at the border with Upper St. Clair.

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First Published October 10, 2013 4:47 AM


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