Owners of Prestley Heights residences damaged by flooding in July asked commissioners Feb. 11 for an update on sewer corrections. They were told the township engineer is sending the developer a checklist of corrective actions, many of which have been completed.
Township manager Sal Sirabella noted that some residents lost personal property in the July storms. At least four homeowners have supplied restoration estimates to Collier, but Mr. Sirabella said they should instead be given to the developer.
■ Commissioners adopted an ordinance retaining the township's property tax rate for 2014 at 2.73 mills.
■ These individuals were reappointed to additional terms on their respective boards: Kevin Smay, planning commission, until Dec. 31, 2017; Lisa Loniero, zoning hearing board, until Dec. 31, 2018; John Kripp and David Birchok, civil service commission, until Dec. 31, 2019; and Tom Chidlow and Russell Boehm, UCC-Codes appeals board, until Dec. 31, 2017.
■ Drew Weiss was appointed as a full-time member of the parks and recreation board. He will fill the unexpired term of Jason Oskamp until Dec. 31, 2015.
■ Officials approved a permanent sanitary sewer easement along Pinder Road and Collier Township Community Park so that a public sanitary sewer can be extended to serve the Federal Aviation Administration facility. Also, a resolution was approved that revises the township's sewer plan to include the Grand China Buffet at Chartiers Valley Shopping Center.
■ In recognition of Giffin Interior and Fixture Inc.'s longstanding success and support to the community, officials proclaimed Feb. 12 as "Giffin Interior and Fixture Day in Collier Township." The proclamation described the company, which is known for quality interior construction, architectural woodwork, custom fixtures and casework, as an active corporate citizen and an asset to the township. The company was founded in 1980 by Gordon D. Giffin.
Council voted unanimously Feb. 12 to advertise a new shade tree ordinance.
The borough was asked to become involved with the “Green Scan” program, which is managed by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, manager Ray McCutcheon said.
The conservancy would assist with tree selection and conduct a study on making the town more green. The borough would have to establish a Shade Tree Commission. Mr. McCutcheon said council would address that issue next month.
■ A resolution was adopted authorizing submission of a $250,000 grant application to the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County for funding under the Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund for improvements at the site of the proposed borough building complex at 1301 Fourth Ave. The grant will be for site grading, stormwater management and traffic lights.
■ Council authorized advertising an ordinance for stop signs on First Avenue at Main Street, Mill Street, Mullberry Street and Broadway Street. It also would convert Spruce Alley between Main and Wood streets to one way traveling west. Manager Ray McCutcheon said the change was necessary because of limited sight distance for motorists turning onto Main.
■ Engineer Larry Souleret said that he is discussing stormwater management with Allegheny County for the sports and athletic complex proposed for the former Montour Railroad along Route 51. He said the county is required to conform to the borough's storm water ordinance. Manager Ray McCutcheon said the county needs to install a turning lane on State Avenue for access to the site.
■ Councilman Calvin Jackson said he is working with KaBOOM, a national nonprofit organization, to create a playground at Shelley Jones Park. Mr. Jackson said he has a grant application for playground equipment. The grant requires an $8,500 local match. He said he's looking for a corporate sponsor to help with raising funds for the project, which will require 125 volunteers to assemble the playground equipment. Those interested in donating money and/or volunteering should contact the borough at 412-264-3002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Council authorized engineer Larry Souleret to prepare specifications to pave Ferree Street. The vote was 7-1 with Robb Cardimen dissenting, saying he was concerned about the residents getting the most for their money. He asked how it was decided which roads to fix. Police Chief Alan De Russo said that as many as 10,000 vehicles use that road every day. Ferree connects to the Coraopolis-Neville Island Bridge.
Supervisors will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. today in the Findlay Township Activity Center, 310 Main St., Imperial, to consider the plan for Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling around Pittsburgh International Airport.
Under a $500 million deal with Allegheny County, Consol Energy Inc. plans to drill 47 gas wells, construct 17 miles of gas collection lines and install 12 miles of water supply lines on more than 9,000 acres in Findlay.
■ Two warehouse/office construction projects got the green light from Findlay supervisors Feb. 12.
On three acres in RIDC Park West, specialized electrical distributor Grant Industrial Controls Inc. will occupy a 24,980-square-foot building at 220 Industry Drive.
Elmhurst Group of Pittsburgh plans a 46,800-square-foot building on 4.6 acres at 89 Spring Run Road Extension in the Pittsburgh Airport Business Park. It will be the seventh and final building in the park, which is along Interstate 376 near Pittsburgh International Airport. A project representative said no tenant has been secured yet.
■ Boy Scout Troop 830 will get a roof over their cabin deck in Clinton.
At the troop’s request, Findlay supervisors last week approved paying $9,200 to Sinagoga Remodeling and Flooring to build a gabled roof in the spring. Findlay owns the building.
■ Parking now is prohibited along the entire length of Westbrooke Lane in the Westbrooke townhouse complex in Findlay. Supervisors approved the ban Feb. 12 to ensure emergency vehicles and snow plows have enough space to use the road. The homeowners’ association has agreed to the ban, officials said.
■ Supervisors last week approved forming an Agricultural Security Area containing 520 acres on eight properties.
“It protects the farming community against nuisance ordinances, eminent domain without reason, and things like that,” planning director Chris Caruso said.
Participating properties are eligible to apply for Allegheny County farmland preservation programs. North Fayette and South Fayette contain similar security areas.
■ Ronald Graziani is joining the Western Allegheny Community Library board of trustees. Findlay supervisors on Feb. 12 appointed him to a two-year term to replace Kenneth Faux, whose term has expired.
■ Supervisors on Feb. 12 awarded $316,112 in construction contracts for a rental pavilion with a full-service kitchen at the Route 30 Recreation and Sports Complex.
The contracts were $217,790 to CBF Contracting Inc. for general construction; $48,322 to Newman Plumbing Inc.; and $50,000 to Valley Electric Co. Inc.
The township previously spent about $85,000 for the pavilion’s steel structure, which the public works crew has erected. The 30-foot-by-84-foot pavilion will seat 150 to 165 people. Opening is expected in July.
Columbia Gas Co. will start a gas line project that will close Scrubgrass, Segar and Swallow Hill roads March 17-31. When that work is finished, Golden Triangle Construction Co., the contractor for the Swallow Hill Road pavement project, will take over.
Chip Dalesandro of Golden Triangle told township officials Feb. 11 that he expects the first-phase detours for paving work to begin March 31. The entire project is expected to be completed by July 31.
During the first phase, Swallow Hill Road will be open to local traffic between Greentree and Lindsay roads. It will be closed to traffic except for emergency vehicles from Lindsay to Scrubgrass roads.
The detour for those traveling to St. Clair Heights, St. Clair Hospital and beyond will be from Greentree Road to Old Washington Pike to Scrubgrass Road. Accessibility for emergency vehicles will be available throughout the construction period.
Additionally, advance notification, including signs and meetings with residents, will occur prior to any changes in routes, Mr. Dalesandro said.
Swallow Hill Road was last resurfaced in its entirety 25 years ago. It serves as a main route to St. Clair Hospital and is heavily used by Port Authority and Chartiers Valley school buses.
■ The board discussed a $2,552 proposal from Integrated Goose Management to control the geese in Scott Park. The proposal calls for 20 visits over an 18-month contract period.
The proposal calls for the company to chase the geese with dogs, fireworks and electronics. If the geese don't leave, sharpshooters could be brought in with board approval. After three years of efforts to control the geese, regulations permit the killing of half of the geese population.
Some residents have complained that the geese are a deterrent to park use because they are noisy and messy.
■ Charles H. Edeburn Jr. has resigned from the zoning hearing board.
■ Police Officer Dan Walker was recognized as Officer of the Year. Officer Walker, who is president of the Scott Police Association, has been on the force for 7½ years. In 2013, he answered more than 300 calls. He has successfully applied for and received $30,000 in grants for township police.
"He is a pleasure to work with and works hard all year," police Chief James Secreet said.
■ Youth interested in applying for the township's public works summer help program should do so by April 15. Lifeguard testing will be held March 29 at Chartiers Valley High School.