Hampton and Shaler
Hampton and Shaler officials have been recognized by Gov. Tom Corbett for their intergovernmental cooperation in creating the Hampton Shaler Water Authority.
The shared efforts of the neighboring townships led to improving water service to customers, which earned them a Governor's Award for Local Government Excellence.
Township and authority representatives accepted their commendation April 16 in Harrisburg.
The Governor's Awards for Local Government Excellence are presented annually to communities and individuals by the Governor's Center for Local Government Services, an office within the Department of Community and Economic Development that works to assist Pennsylvania's 2,562 local governments.
Hampton council President Victor Son said, "It was a vision of both the president of the Shaler board, Dave Shutter, and myself to accomplish something rare in municipal government: The combination of resources that emphasize each of our strengths."
He said all parties were happy to receive the Governor's award, which acknowledged their accomplishment.
Town council has awarded a $1.6 million contract to Youngblood Paving Inc. to pave these roads: Casa Grande Drive, Chickasaw Avenue, Country Manor Lane, Demmler Court, Demmler Drive, Edwood Court, Edwood Road, Fawn Court, Forest Avenue, Fox Ridge Road, Gass Road, Glenbrook Drive, Haugh Drive, Highoaks Court, Highvue Circle and Huron Avenue.
Also, Iroquois Avenue, Lindisfarne Drive, Manor Court, Northgate Drive, Public Works Stockyard, Ridge Avenue, Ridgemont Road, Santa Rosa Lane, Squire Place, Tamarack Lane, Tanbark Drive, Tierra Place, Timber Trail, West Sandle Avenue.
Council has hired Amy Rockwell as borough secretary. She replaces Virginia Pucci, who resigned March 13. No reason has been given for her resignation, which was accepted by council without comment. Ms. Rockwell started in her new position April 15.
• The Bismark Street paving project is expected to start this summer, but no date has been set. Since the street extends to the Shaler border, council is working in conjunction with Shaler, which also has multiple paving projects set for this summer. Approximately 20 homes are on the street.
Township officials are pleased at their designation as a 2013 Banner Community by the Allegheny League of Municipalities. Reserve is among 18 towns to receive the honor.
"I am proud of all of the hard work that was accomplished and that is a significant achievement," council President David Barie said. "Over the last several months, many special activities were attended to qualify for this special designation."
• The board has voted to revise the Civil Service regulations.
"These changes include test scores for sergeant and patrolman to make them more competitive and more in line with other municipalities," manager Robert Kipp said.
• The board has unanimously approved to accept $11,397 in grant funds from the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development Emergency Block Grant to be used for the road stabilization at the intersection at Pittview Avnue and Arlington street.
"This is only the second time an emergency application was accepted in 39 years," Mr. Kipp said. The roads have been under construction since February.
Commissioners have hired Dawn Lane, finance director in Brentwood, as their finance director.
Ms. Lane has also served as finance director in Wilkinsburg and as manager in Castle Shannon and Collier, said Doug Sample, Ross manager.
Ross needed to hire a finance director after commissioners fired Wayne Jones, who served as both manager and finance director.
Ms. Lane will be paid $72,000 a year, and will have two weeks' vacation this year and three weeks beginning in 2014.
The vote was unanimous.
• Commissioners have approved a subdivision and site plan for townhouses at 173 Cemetery Lane. The Indian View Townhouses will have 42 units.
• Commissioners also have voted to apply for $157,450 in funds through the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County for the Perrysville Streetscape Project, and for $310,000 from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for a Herge Park rehabilitation project.