New Walnut Grill to open
A new Walnut Grill restaurant will open today at 1595 Washington Pike in a building that formerly housed a Damon's restaurant.
Kirk Vogel, president of Walnut Grill restaurants, said the new location with 7,300 square feet is the largest of its four restaurants. Extensive renovation that began in July included the addition of a new 2,000-square-foot outdoor patio to complement a smaller one.
Mr. Vogel said he and his partners are looking at sites for two more restaurants, with Cranberry, Robinson and the Monroeville/Murrysville area as possibilities.
Van for veterans to visit recreation center
The mobile van operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will visit the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center parking lot, 900 Cedar Blvd., from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 28.
The van provides a number of services, including counseling, medical referrals, assistance in applying for VA benefits and information about available services.
Waterline completed; curb repairs started
The good news is that Pennsylvania-American Water Co.'s waterline replacement project along Greentree Road has been completed; the bad news is that restoration of the sidewalks and curbs has just begun.
Although that work is expected to be done by mid-November, borough manager David Montz told officials last week that the work will be a temporary fix because the main line trench will be opened in the spring for about two months to replace a 10-inch concrete base under the road's surface. When that work is done, the road will be milled and repaved.
Since Greentree Road is owned by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the borough hopes the state will help with the repaving costs, he added.
The waterline project involved removing a 16-inch line and replacing it with a 24-inch line from McMonagle Road to Carnahan Road.
• Council voted at its Oct. 7 meeting to buy a 2014 Ford sedan police car for $26,120 through the Central Westmoreland Council of Governments Purchasing Alliance.
• Councilman Mark Sampogna said the borough will receive a grant to buy bulletproof vests for the police department. The $2,597 grant will cover half of the purchase cost for the vests.
• Council also approved the purchase of an automated license plate reader system for one police vehicle at an estimated cost of $5,000 to $6,000. The device reads the characters on license plates and makes instant comparisons with a list of expired, suspended or stolen license plates. The system also handles Amber Alerts. Mr. Montz said officials believe the purchase is justified because of the high volume of traffic that travels through the borough.
• Council may meet Monday to hire another police officer.
• Duquesne Light Co. has scheduled a meeting for 6 p.m. Oct. 28 in council chambers to hear comments concerning a proposed rate increase.
• The borough's annual Light-Up Night is set for 5 p.m. Dec. 7.
KEYSTONE OAKS SCHOOLS
District to name gym for David D. Kling
The district will honor the late David D. Kling, a longtime teacher and head wrestling coach, by renaming the high school gymnasium in his honor during a 7 p.m. ceremony next Thursday in the gym.
A 1965 alumnus, he was the son of Lynn Kling, the longtime athletic director at the former Dormont High School.
David Kling taught social studies for more than three decades and coached wrestling, football, track and golf. As the Golden Eagles' head wrestling coach, he compiled a record of 381-152-2 during his 30-year career, making him the fourth winningest wrestling coach in WPIAL history. In 1986, he was named WPIAL Coach of the Year.
He was named WPIAL Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1986. He was inducted into the Southwestern Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame; Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches' Association Hall of Fame; Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Western Chapter; and Indiana University of Pennsylvania Athletic Hall of Fame for Wrestling.
• The district will celebrate homecoming with a number of activities, beginning with a bonfire and pep rally at 7 tonight in Green Tree Park.
A parade from Dormont Elementary School to Dormont Memorial Stadium will step off at 6 p.m. Friday. The homecoming king and queen will be announced at 6:30 p.m. before the 7 p.m. kickoff of the Golden Eagles' game against McGuffey.
A homecoming dance will be held Saturday in the high school gym.
STEEL VALLEY SCHOOLS
College program on agenda
Teachers who teach the five College in High School classes offered by the district will speak at the school board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The district offers French IV; advanced placement communications and rhetoric; physics; calculus; and probability and statistics.
For $225, a student receives three credits from the University of Pittsburgh for each College in High School class the student passes, according to an email from director Sue Ballas.
A district student can now complete one full semester at Pitt while in high school, according to Ms. Ballas, resulting in a savings in tuition.
One three-credit course costs $225 at Steel Valley, $1,219 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, $2,028 at the University of Pittsburgh and $3,388 at Carnegie Mellon University. The total cost for the five college courses offered at Steel Valley is $1,125, $6,095 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, $10,140 at Pitt and $16,940 at Carnegie Mellon.
• The school board is looking at plans to replace part of the roof on the high school/middle school.
At a meeting this week, superintendent Ed Wehrer said the project would cost of $440,691.
The district previously replaced the roof over the library, which had the greatest number of leaks, he said.
Sheldon Berk, interim business manager, said the money will come from $2 million in the capital reserve fund. The remaining $1.6 million will be available to do other capital projects, he said.
Bruce Mancini of Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance Inc. of Cleveland, who was at the meeting to answer questions about the project, said the roof will have a 20-year warranty that includes maintenance.
If the board approves the roofing project Tuesday, he said, work would start about two weeks later and should be completed within 45 days.
Directors also discussed blacktopping the gravel lot at Park Elementary at a cost of $8,500.
Both items are expected to be on the agenda at the meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
First Published October 17, 2013 9:03 AM