AROUND THE EAST
CCAC hosts job fairs
Community College of Allegheny County will host a series of job fairs at the Boyce campus. Representatives from some regional employers will discuss job opportunities.
• A nursing job fair will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 25 in the lobby of the Lecture Hall.
• Another fair is set for 4:40 to 6:30 p.m. March 12 in the same location.
• The annual fair and college expo is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19 at the Boyce Student Union. At 11 a.m., the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a fashion show in the Lecture Hall.
Details: 724-325-6771 or www.ccac.edu.
Crisis response center to open
Excela Health will open a new Crisis Response Center at its Westmoreland Hospital campus on Feb. 11.
Remodeling and expansion of the center, located on the ground floor of the Behavioral Health Outpatient building across the street from the hospital began Aug. 27 with a $750,000 grant from Westmoreland County.
The 4,000-square-foot center has five interview rooms, family conference room wired for technology, living room, gathering space and a redesigned street entry and waiting area.
The center will be staffed around-the-clock by nurses, therapists, behavioral health technicians and support specialists.
The crisis center is part of Excela's extensive behavioral health services. For details, visit www.excelahealth.org.
Be a Penn Stater for a day
Two Penn State campuses are holding events for prospective students to "Be a Penn State Student for a Day."
The university's Greater Allegheny admissions department is sponsoring the day, in which prospective students shadow a current one in class, on campus and in the dining hall, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Feb. 5 on the McKeesport campus. Students must register in advance. Details: 412- 675-9010.
The New Kensington campus has the program from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Details: 724-334-LION.
Cameras will go on police cars
Commissioners have approved the purchase of 13 video camera systems for police cars, and four additional video systems to be mounted on police motorcycles.
The systems will cost $44,990, township officials said last week.
Police Chief Andrew Lisiecki said police purchased one of the video camera systems three months ago and were very impressed with how it worked.
The small video systems to be purchased are much less bulky than older video systems, Chief Lisiecki said. He said they replace the rearview mirror and include a wireless microphone for each officer, as well as a camera to record the actions of people in the back of the police car.
Chief Lisiecki said he spoke with Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck about the legality of officers audio taping. That taping will be handled this way: The officer pulling over a vehicle will identify himself, tell the motorist why he is being pulled over - for running a stop sign, for example - and will immediately tell the motorist the conversation is being recorded.
Mr. Lisiecki said he expects all of the cameras from Digital Ally Inc. of Lenexa, Kan., to be installed by the end of summer.
• Bills coming from the North Huntingdon Township Municipal Authority will now show a rate increase. The authority increased rates by 25 percent late last year and that increase will be seen in bills to be sent out in February. Officials said the increase is due to costs associated with a consent order and agreement mandated by the state Department of Environmental Protection requiring the authority to eliminate all wet weather sanitary sewer overflows from its system by November 2017.
Some 45 percent of sewage generated in North Huntingdon is treated at the WWMA plant on Route 993. The WWMA is a joint authority that treats sewage from portions of the North Huntingdon, as well as portions of Hempfield and Penn townships and all of Manor, Irwin and North Irwin boroughs.
District registering kindergarten students
The district is registering children who live in North Huntingdon, Irwin and North Irwin for 2013-14 kindergarten classes. Children must be 5 years of age before Sept. 1 to register.
Parents should visit their local elementary school - Hahntown, Sheridan Terrace, Stewartsville or Sunset Valley - between Feb. 4 and Feb. 8 to be placed on the school's mailing list and receive an information packet to prepare for formal registration in March.
Details: 724-861-3000, ext. 1128.
Council sets budget, holds off on millage rate
Monroeville council passed a $27 million 2013 budget on Jan. 8, but it has yet to pass a real estate tax rate.
The current rate is 2.2 mills, and the 2013 budget calls for the millage to be raised to 2.431 mills, which is in excess of what is permitted under anti-windfall laws that require taxing bodies to remain "revenue neutral" in years when reassessed property values go into effect. As a result of the higher property values, most municipalities in Allegheny County decreased tax rates for 2013.
The anti-windfall provisions mean the amount of revenue generated by property tax millage can't increase as a result of reassessments, but Monroeville is seeking to increase taxes to close a budget gap of more than $2 million.
Council made $285,000 worth of cuts to the spending plan, including $100,000 from the fire department, $10,000 from mayor/council gifts and grants, $78,609 for community development, $69,560 for the library, $2,250 for traffic signals and $25,000 for engineering.
Council was scheduled to hold a special meeting Wednesday to determine whether to authorize the municipal solicitor to file a petition in Common Pleas Court and seek permission to collect millage over the 5 percent permitted by the anti-windfall law.
If council approves the motion to allow the solicitor to seek an exception and the petition is sent to the court, a hearing will be set in the coming weeks - the millage rate must be finalized by the last week in February.
Relay for Life kickoff
Riverview Relay for Life is holding a kickoff at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at Riverside Landing on Washington Avenue. The event is to organize community members for the Riverview Relay for Life, scheduled for June 1 and 2 at Riverview Park.
The kickoff will have a Hollywood theme and include games, prizes and snacks.
Last year, Riverview's Relay raised more than $80,000 for cancer support, research and education. The Riverview area, communities of Oakmont and Verona, has held a Relay for 12 years and has raised more than $ 1 million.