Borough to hire police officers
The borough will be offering testing for police officers to add an additional officer to its police force.
Those interested may apply at the borough building or go to www.greentreeboro.com to download an application. Deadline is 3 p.m. June 27.
• At its meeting Monday, borough council authorized the proper officers to sign a confidentiality agreement with Jordan Tax Service and South West Tax Collection Commission to obtain its earned income tax records for 2012.
The documents are necessary to identify any taxpayers who are delinquent in paying their earned income taxes and also to begin any civil actions to collect the taxes.
Drug policy expert to speak
Beau Kilmer, co-director of the Rand Drug Policy Research Center, will give a talk titled "Clearing the Smoke on Drug Policy in America" at 3 p.m. next Thursday at Mt. Lebanon Public Library.
He will talk about how marijuana dominates the media focus on drug policy while misuse of prescription drugs is on the rise.
Mr. Kilmer has a doctorate in public policy from Harvard University and is also a professor at the Pardee Rand Graduate School. He is under contract with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to generate official estimates of marijuana consumption in the country. He also is working with Washington state to help residents understand the implications of various marijuana legalization options.
Bond issue to finance roads
Commissioners voted unanimously last week to approve a $6 million bond issue that would be used primarily to finance road and infrastructure improvements.
Property owners may see an increase of one-third of a mill in the tax rate or perhaps none at all, officials said.
Money from the bond issue would be used to repave hilly, heavily traveled Swallow Hill Road from Greentree Road to Scrubgrass Road and also from Greentree Road to the Carnegie line. Also to be repaved are Rockfield Road and all of Kane Boulevard, another heavily traveled street.
Township engineer Larry Lennon has promised that the work on Swallow Hill would be completed before winter.
Officials said they are considering repaving Finley Avenue from Carothers Avenue to Superior Street, too.
In preparation for the start of repairs, the board approved a service order that authorizes the surveying of Swallow Hill and Rockfield roads.
Officials have earmarked some bond issue money for smaller projects, too, including tennis court reconstruction, installation of a baby slide at the township pool, curbing work on Ryan Drive, restrooms at Spinner Field, a synthetic ice skating rink for the main park, development of a site plan for the proposed Hope Street Park in Ward 5 and a passive park in East Carnegie.
Costs for this work is estimated at $525,000, or more than 8 percent of the bond issue.
• Officials voted to advertise the upcoming commissioners' meeting on Tuesday as a voting session so that they may adjust the township's property tax rate due to the recent Allegheny County reassessment. Officials have proposed a rate of 4.456 mills, which is lower than the current rate and could be reduced further.
• Officials authorized Mr. Lennon to submit pre-applications for the Community Development Block Grant Program through the South Hills Council of Governments. The proposed projects include demolition work in East Carnegie, bridge completion on the Scott Conservancy's Scrubgrass Trail, Wabash Alley work, gabion baskets for East Carnegie and the hiring of an assistant code enforcement officer.
• Commissioners have approved an agreement with DT Interpreting Services at the rate of $1.59 per minute with no monthly retainer for the police department to use when officials need to speak to people who do not understand English.
• The board has hired nine residents as public works employees for 35 hours a week at a pay rate of $8 an hour. They are: Tyler Mroz, Dominic Politi, James Charles, Jonathan O'Neill, Louis Kuntz, Kyle Kelsh, David Levy, Jonathan Levy and Brian DeMartino.
• The annual Public Safety Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the lower lot of Scott Park on Lindsay Road.
New this year will be E-Loop to collect electronic household waste. Other special events will include demonstrations of self-defense at 10:30 a.m., medical helicopter at noon, hydraulic rescue tool at 12:45 p.m. and canine officer Lord Thomas at 11 a.m. An enactment of what to do if carbon monoxide is in a house also will be held.
Police, fire and emergency management representatives from the township and county will offer a variety of other services, including child fingerprinting, identity theft advice, bicycle safety, car seat inspections and fire extinguisher training. Refreshments will be available.
Pioneer re-enactment set
"Prelude to a Rebellion -- an 18th Century Rifle Frolic" will be hosted by the Washington County Historical Society from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Washington County Frontier History Center in Washington Park.
The event will include historical re-enactments, period demonstrations, blacksmithing, woodworking and spinning and weaving.
It is free and open to the public.
Details: 724-225-6740 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Sections of Fallowfield Avenue (Route 88 Southbound) in Charleroi will be detoured during daylight hours for milling and paving by PennDOT this month. The following work schedule depends on the weather.
Route 88 will be closed between 8th and 4th streets from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The same road will be closed between 4th and 1st streets from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and next Thursday.
During the paving, cars and buses will use Lincoln Avenue. Trucks will use Coyle Curtain Road (Route 2025), Scenic Drive (Route 481) Old Routed 71 (Route 2016) and First Street.