Pitt hosts open house Saturday
The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will host an open house at 9:30 a.m. Saturday for high-schoolers interested in learning more about the campus and its programs. There will be an admissions presentation and a walking tour of campus.
Registration is required at 724-836-9880.
Lowry Avenue to close for month
Motorists looking to get into downtown from Route 30 will soon have to find another way, since Lowry Avenue will be closed for at least the next month starting Monday.
Doug Pike, superintendent of the Jeannette Municipal Authority, said the road - a main thoroughfare for the city - is being closed as part of the authority's estimated $2.58 million Wiley Avenue Sewer Separation Project. He said plans to separate the sewage and storm water were made in 2011 after recommendations from the state Department of Environmental Resources.
The upcoming phase of the project specifically entails work between Baughman Avenue and Pine Street. Detours will be posted.
nThe Jeannette Baseball Association will hold its fifth annual golf outing at noon Aug. 3 at Manor Valley Gold Course in Export.
Tee-off is 1 p.m. in a scramble format.
Cost is $75 and includes green fees, golf cart and dinner. Proceeds benefit the association.
• The Jeannette Masonic Lodge 750 will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the hall at 301 S. Fourth St.
Cost is $6.50, $3 for those 12 and younger. Proceeds go to the Youth Foundation.
Foundation has new board member
The Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation has appointed a new board member, Lester R. Sutton, a district alumnus and local businessman.
The nonprofit encourages community participation and philanthropy to enrich opportunities for students in the school district.
Mr. Sutton is the president of Aggressive Grinding Services in Latrobe. He joins the volunteer board comprised of parents, alumni, civic and business leaders.
Housing projects approved for Mon Valley
The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency has approved for construction two new affordable housing projects in McKeesport and Duquesne.
The Yester Square development in McKeesport will be built on the location of the Crawford Village public housing site, according to a news release from state Sen. Jim Brewster, D-McKeesport. It will be built on 5.5 acres with 10 two-story buildings that contain 58 housing units.
It is being developed by the McKeesport Housing Authority, which has received $1.2 million in tax credits from the PHFA, according to the release.
The Orchard Park development in Duquesne will be built on 5.1 acres on the location of the former Burns Heights public housing complex, demolished in 2009 by the Allegheny County Housing Authority. The authority will develop the new project, which will consist of 22 buildings with 44 units, according to the release.
That project has asked for $1.5 million in tax credits.
Yester Square will house 150 to 200 residents, while Orchard Park will house 125 to 175 residents, according to Tim Joyce, Mr. Brewster's chief of staff.
The projects will soon go up for bid. Construction will begin at the end of next year or the beginning of 2015.
Glass museum finds new home
The Mount Pleasant Glass Museum will be moving from the InTown Shops at the end of this month into larger quarters at the Mount Pleasant Glass Center, 402 East Main St. Grants and donations or assistance from a number of donors aided the move.
The 1,200-square-foot new museum site will house a display area, a small library, a gift shop and a demonstration area.
Ronda Court issue aired
Representatives of DeBartolo Development and Lincoln Hills Realty Associates are looking to solve issues at Ronda Court.
The companies are the largest stakeholders in land that surrounds Walmart in the township. A number of outparcels along adjoining Ronda Court have never been developed.
Earlier this month, township manager John Shepherd said a representative of Lincoln Hills Realty offered to buy three emergency emitters that DeBartolo is required to provide for traffic lights in the Walmart development site. The emitters allow ambulance drivers and other emergency personnel to control traffic signals.
He said he believes the companies likely will reach an agreement "that works for everybody" before the commissioners' meeting in August.
Mr. Shepherd said DeBartolo Development would like the township to take over Ronda Court as a public road. If the township does that, there would be fewer restrictions imposed on the developer by the state Department of Transportation, Mr. Shepherd said.
He said fewer restrictions would allow nearby Lincoln Hills commercial property to be developed "in a reasonable fashion," which is the goal of commissioners.
A motion to make Ronda Court a public road was removed from the agenda of this week's commissioners' meeting. No date has been set for a vote.
Commissioners also said trees the township required to be planted on the Ronda Court parcels along Mills Drive and on the slope between Walmart and Route 30 have not been planted.
Andy Blenko, planning director and engineer, said if the township required trees to be planted on the Ronda Court lots now, a number of them might have to be ripped out when buildings and driveways are built on those parcels later.
Road projects held up by rain
Frequent rains have delayed the start of the township's paving program, engineer Dave Gilliland said. The program will begin early next month and 48 streets or parts of streets will be paved.
In June, commissioners awarded the contract to El Grande Industries for $2.7 million. Commissioners also selected Lawson Excavating to repair the Osborne Street Bridge at a cost of $36,900. Mr. Gilliland said commissioners will add $300,000 to the million paving project to make it a $3 million effort. The township is paying for the project with a 1.65 % loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank, which is run by the PennDOT.
nCommissioners last week voted unanimously create a new zoning hearing board and separate planning commission. Solicitor Greg Evashavik said the former joint zoning board/planning commission never really got up and running.
The commissioners also made appointments: James Seese, James Watts and Susan Wagner to the zoning hearing board; and Charles Lesko, James Harper, Brian Weber, Thomas Leicht and Commissioner Frank Bivins to the planning commission.
• Last week, five commissioners voted to eliminate potential township health insurance benefits for commissioners.
Commissioner Art Marra abstained from the vote, saying the vote seemed to be changing the First Class Township Code.
Solicitor Greg Evashavik said that though the code allows commissioners to get health insurance benefits through the township, "nobody is receiving those benefits now."