Council members agreed to advertise an ordinance to amend part of the borough code that recognizes the Carnegie Volunteer Fire and Rescue Bureau as the borough's official fire company. Vote on the motion was 5-0, with council member Carol Covi absent due to illness. The fire and rescue bureau is a volunteer firefighting organization and a paid Emergency Management Service.
■ Echo Real Estate Services was granted a conditional use for the properties at 356 and 360 E. Main St. as a Giant Eagle GetGo. Also ratified was the planning commission's recommendation for a subdivision, lot consolidation of parcels, land development, conditional use and zoning amendment approval. The store would be composed of two blocks between Main and Lydia streets.
■ Mayor Jack Kobistek administered the oath of office to police Officer Cynthia Senkow. Officials further agreed to extend an employment offer to Crystal Baca as a probationary police officer, contingent upon completion of physical and psychological tests. Council member Richard D'Loss noted that Ms. Baca would be the first Carnegie police officer to be fluent in Spanish.
■ A grant has been issued for a rain garden at the dog park in Carnegie Park. It is hoped the rain garden will collect some of the water that has caused drainage issues there. Officials will seek preliminary proposals and requests for proposals for the project, some of which will be financed with storm sewer money as well.
■ Mr. Kobistek asked all businesses and homeowners on major routes to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice. This is particularly important in a walking town like Carnegie, he added. Council member Sue Demko commended the borough's public works department for recommending that extra salt be purchased for this winter.
Supervisors continued the Speedway gas station/convenience store hearing to 7 p.m. March 5 in the municipal building, 1000 Beaver Grade Road.
The hearing is to allow a multi-pump gas station and convenience food store at 1225 Maple St. Ext. in a C-1 neighborhood commercial district. The hearing began on Oct. 2, 2013, and has been continued four times.
Solicitor Tim Bish asked the Speedway representatives to respond to a traffic engineer review letter identifying several issues about tanker truck access to the facility and a site plan showing the proposed traffic improvements envisioned by Speedway's traffic engineer. Speedway has not purchased the land.
■ Travis Schenk, a member of the American Institute of CPAs, was appointed planner/economic development coordinator in the Community Development Department at an annual salary of $60,000. The vote was 4-0. Andrew Gribben was absent.
Mr. Schenk is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and has a master's degree in urban and regional planning. He is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Assistant manager Jeffrey Ziegler said Mr.Schenk, of Bethel Park, was among 17 applicants for the post.
■ Keystone Municipal Collections has been appointed to collect delinquent property taxes from 2013.
■ Earl Edwards was appointed to the Cable TV Advisory Board for the term ending January 2017. The vote was 4-0. Andrew Gribben was absent. The board advises the director of the cable TV stations MCA-TV and MAG-TV about programming, equipment, volunteers and other issues relating to station operations.
■ Township and school district residents are required to file final local income tax returns. Forms are available at jordantax.com/forms. Moon’s PSD code is 731102.
The borough has applied for federal and state aid for damages caused by the July 10 flood. Town officials said last Thursday that borough-owned property is eligible for funds, but the amount of money they could receive is not yet determined. In January, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials toured the borough to review flood damages.
■ The History Room in the Oakdale Community Center, 104 Seminary Ave., is open to the public from noon to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month. Visits at other times may be scheduled by calling the borough office, 724- 693-9740. The Oakdale Historical Society is seeking to borrow, scan and return old photos of the town. Mail images to the borough building, 6115 Noblestown Road, Oakdale, PA 15071, and include your name and address.
■ A sign, “In God We Trust” has been posted in the main room of the Oakdale Community Center, where council holds its voting meetings. Council had agreed in December to display the words.
■ Council members voted 5-0 last Thursday to approve a 2,500-square-foot vacant lot at 315 Maple Ave. to be sold to next-door neighbor Thomas Schuler, 307 Maple Ave., under the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program. The program allows property owners to buy adjacent vacant parcels that are tax delinquent, while waiving back taxes and liens, and paying most closing costs.
Robinson, Washington County
Bridge construction for a $550 million portion of the Southern Beltway is set to start this month.
Mosites Construction & Development Co. of Robinson, Allegheny County, will build two, 784-foot bridges across Route 22, a $14 million project set for completion by May 2015, state Turnpike Commission and project representatives told township officials Monday.
Work will involve the use of explosives along Route 22 — across the highway from some homes and the Mousetrap bar and restaurant — in order to fill in a valley for bridge supports.
Pre- and post-blast surveys, and well water testing, will be available to nearby property owners, turnpike project manager Mike Houser said.
Work will occur during daylight hours weekdays, and some detours will occur this summer.
The bridges are part of a planned 12-mile stretch of toll road that eventually will link the Findlay Connector/Turnpike 576 at Route 22 with Interstate 79 near the Allegheny-Washington county line.
The highway is expected to open by 2019.