Businessman Bob Fryer asked for council’s help Monday night in addressing traffic congestion on Washington Avenue (Route 50).
He said he believes plans proposed by PennDOT are inadequate to widen the bridge at the south end of town at the South Fayette boundary and to install left-turn lanes. He urged council to work with the regional traffic task force created to address congestion and to try to find more money to build an adequate road system to handle the traffic.
Councilman Nino Petrocelli Sr. said he agreed those were good ideas.
■ Council approved payments of $10,678 and $41,303 for sanitary sewer repair projects to Insight Pipe Contracting LP, for work completed last year.
■ Police Chief Chad King said he and two of his officers recently went through a weeklong program in Crisis Intervention Training at UPMC Mercy hospital. The training was focused on handling people with mental health problems, and after the training, officers are qualified to become members of a crisis response team.
“It’s a good program, and eventually all of the officers will take the training,” he said.
■ The borough also is accepting applications until Aug. 1 for a new police officer.
Main Street in Fort Pitt is not a new street, but it is about to get a new name — Brook Street.
Allegheny County approached the township three years ago about renumbering the street of about 20 residences, but the fact that identical house numbers are in use down the road was overlooked initially, reported Tom Plietz, building and fire code chief, at the Collier commissioners' July 9 meeting.
Township manager Sal Sirabella said a recent meeting with Main Street residents helped to calm some concerns. Carnegie has an East Main Street that has resulted in some confusion for postal workers, he added.
Mr. Plietz added that there is no Brook Street anywhere around Collier.
House renumbering is expected to go countywide, Mr. Sirabella added.
■ Commissioner Wayne Chiruazzi questioned whether the township's appointed planning commission should be paid.
"It just seems to me that $9,000 is a lot of money on a board that we appoint," he said, adding he would rather see that money used for park improvements.
He also asked why the planners want to be compensated, which Bob Caun, planning, zoning and land development director, promised to find out.
■ Commissioners voted unanimously that all persons, partnerships, businesses and corporations must obtain construction permits in areas subject to flooding. Officials said the ordinance also establishes penalties for non-compliance and meets FEMA guidelines.
■ Commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Nancy Smith, PhD., and Elizabeth Quinn as Civil Service Commission alternates through Dec. 31, 2017.
Under public comment, Lisa Loneiro of Delfred Drive thanked police for eliminating the parking snafu in front of Skvarca Park. She also expressed concern about the condition of roads in the Cubbage Hill area.
"There's not a road in Cubbage Hill you can go up except Darlington," she said.
Mr. Sirabella responded that the township will be working soon on a road improvement plan for that area.
■ The eighth annual Rock the Quarry on the Panhandle Trail will take place Aug. 23-24. For more information, see the Collier Panhandle Trail website.
■ The township's Electronic Collection Days will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and July 26. Residents should take items to the Goodwill store, at 1905 Washington St., Heidelberg (behind the BP gas station).
Acceptable electronics include computers, monitors, fax machines, cell phones, digital cameras, chargers, adapters and microwaves. No television sets will be accepted.
■ The second Collier Township Conversation Salon will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. July 28 at the Collier Township Municipal Building on Hilltop Road. Participants should assemble in the recreation room in the building's lower level.
The event will give attendees a chance to exchange ideas and information about unlimited topics. Participants do not have to be township residents to attend the free event. For further information, call the Parks and Recreation Department, 412-279-2525, or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future meetings will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on the last Monday of each month.
Council passed a resolution supporting talks between Cornell and the Moon Area school districts to determine the feasibility of merging. Council members Diane Flasco Pittman and Ed Pitassi were absent.
They also passed a resolution to apply for a $71,500 Green Ways, Trails and Recreation Project grant, which would be for the Tot Lot on Ridge Avenue. Borough manager Ray McCutcheon said a small basketball court could be part of the project.
Councilman Calvin (Link) Jackson voted against the resolution, saying that a basketball court would attract older kids. The vote was 5-1 in favor.
■ Council voted to hire three part-time library assistants — Christine Gould, Jenny John and Julie Bobak.
■ Council approved a request to close the 1000 block of Highland Avenue on Aug.9 for a block party.
Council took no action Tuesday night on a request by Action Housing and the Autism Development Corporation of Pittsburgh to ask Jordan Tax Services to postpone the Aug. 4, tax sale of the Starfish Holdings LLC properties on Washington Street, the former site of Wright’s Seafood Inn.
The agenda item died for lack of a motion after an executive session by council to discuss the legal issues involved.
The Wright’s Seafood Inn property has been vacant for four years after Starfish Holding closed the business and went bankrupt, leaving behind years of unpaid real estate taxes to the borough, county, and Chartiers Valley School District.
Action Housing and the Autism Corporation have proposed in a joint venture to buy the property, demolish the restaurant, and construct an apartment complex with 42 units — half dedicated to tenants with autism, and the remainder reserved for tenants who meet income guidelines in the $16,000 to $28,000 range.
■ Council voted 5-0 to allocate $10,620 to the volunteer fire department for their social hall floor replacement project.
■ Mayor Kenneth LaSota sent a letter to PennDOT, requesting that the agency conduct a traffic study to determine the feasibility of lowering the speed limit from 35 mph to 25 mph on Route 50.
The mayor’s letter cited as reasons for his request the nearly completed street scape project that has given the roadway a more residential character with gardens, new lighting, benches, curb intersection bump-outs with landscaping, and other amenities.