Ross commissioners Monday voted to vacate a portion of Second Street that will allow for the redevelopment of an abandoned shopping center.
Vacating the street, which exists only on paper, will allow a waterline to be installed so sprinklers can be put in the buildings in the center.
The center, on Three Degree Road, was the original home of Northland Public Library. Most recently, a grocery store was located there.
The other half of the "paper street" will go to the adjacent property owners at no cost, township solicitor Bonnie Brimmeier said.
In other action, commissioners voted to waive the fee for rental of the gym in the community center for a fundraiser for the Western Pennsylvania ALS chapter.
Resident Andrew Borland said he began working with the ALS chapter last year after his father was diagnosed with ALS, which is commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Proceeds from the July 21 spaghetti dinner will help defray the costs of the association's fundraising walk Sept. 7 in Point State Park, Mr. Borland said.
"We want all the money from the spaghetti dinner to go back into the organization," he said.
Jennie Franz, director of development for the chapter, said it serves 31 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, providing services to 300 ALS patients, their families and caregivers, at no cost to them or their insurance companies. The walk raises more than half of the chapter's annual budget, she said.
Commissioners voted 8-0 to waive the fee with Gerald O'Brien absent.
"It's a very good cause. They do a lot," Commissioner Dan DeMarco said.
Commissioners also voted 8-0 to send a letter to the state General Assembly, asking that the Prevailing Wage Act be amended.
The act, from 1942, sets a $25,000 limit on projects that are exempt from paying prevailing wages to contractors. The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners is lobbying to have that limit raised.
"This is not to repeal the prevailing wage," Commissioner David Mikec said, but "modernizing the limit of what has to be covered under prevailing wage."
Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer: email@example.com.