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Council Monday approved the dedication of some easements for public improvements and public use in the McLean Farms Subdivision at the end of Parkedge and Trailvue roads, contingent upon receipt of a maintenance bond.

Also approved were $81,841 in emergency road improvements to lower Glencoe Avenue, where the road is down to one lane.

• Louis Casadei was reappointed engineer and code enforcement officer.

• Don Folkmire of Avacoll Drive complained that the amount of speeding traffic has increased considerably on that street, making it difficult for residents to get in and out of their driveways. Officials said they would consider traffic calming devices like speed humps and would notify borough police of the situation.

• Council President Mark Sampogna announced that the meeting room at the Green Tree Fire Department will be renamed the William Carlisle Social Hall in memory of Mr. Carlisle, an active member of the fire department and American Legion Post 823 who died in September.


Council on Monday hired Richard France as a full-time police officer, effective Tuesday. A pay rate was not immediately available. For 10 years, he has worked as a part-time officer for McDonald, as well as a police officer for Mount Pleasant, Mayor Terry Bennett said.


Marvin Eicher was re-elected chairman Monday and John Hertzer replaced Andrew Gribben as vice chairman. The board will conduct regular meetings at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday and at 6 p.m. the last Wednesday.

• In a 4-1 vote, supervisors adopted an ordinance that will reduce the size of the planning commission from 7 to 5 members. Chairman Marvin Eicher said that the board has had difficulties having a quorum for meetings.

Supervisor Frank Sinatra dissented, saying that seven members offers a larger selection of people and more varied opinions on planning issues. He said that he understands the attendance issues, but said, "We have to appoint better people."

Mr. Eicher who supported the move said when the board interviews developers about issues there is a limited amount of time for members to get their opinions and questions heard.


Commissioners Monday tabled a vote on proposed updates to the rules on billboards.

During a public hearing earlier in the evening, Lamar Advertising Co. real estate manager Jim Vlasach, who had helped the township develop the proposed regulations, said the rules need to be updated to address electronic signs.

Attorney Thomas Ayoob, representing the property owner opposing Lamar's plan to erect an electronic billboard at 5320 Steubenville Pike, said the proposed ordinance is an attempt at zoning "specifically designed for Lamar."

David Demko, assistant director of the nonprofit Scenic Pittsburgh, said electronic billboards distract drivers, cause light pollution, lower property values and detract from a community's natural beauty and cultural character.

• A Hampton Inn will be built in Settlers Ridge this year, planning director Rick Urbano said. Commissioners voted 5-0 to extend conditional use approval through Dec. 31.


Officials Tuesday reminded residents and business owners that the township has an ordinance regulating snow removal from sidewalks.

Commissioner Pat Caruso, public safety committee chair, said snow may not be shoveled into the street and that it must be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowfall.

Commissioner Eileen Meyers suggested that increased enforcement of the ordinance is needed, especially in areas such as Glendale and East Carnegie.

Mrs. Caruso also brought up the idea of placing an advisory 15 mph speed limit sign for a section of Blue Jay Drive.

"It really is a problem for the slope there," she noted, to which Police Chief Jim Secreet added such an ordinance may be needed to help residents back out of their driveways safely.

More discussion and action on this item is expected on Jan. 22.

• Commissioners discussed proceeding with sheriff's sale on some Bell Avenue properties in East Carnegie, as well as condemnation of a building at 600 Carothers Ave.to make room for a parking lot. The Carothers Avenue building was bought in April for $2,000.

• Board members also discussed authorizing the state Department of Transportation to conduct bridge inspections on Bell Avenue and Lindsay Road.

• Officials unanimously voted Dec. 27 to move Charles Snyder, a public works employee, into the position of mechanic for a six-month probationary period at a pay rate outlined in the current collective bargaining agreement.

• The C. W. Howard Co. has been reappointed to provide commercial liability, public officials, workers' compensation and police liability insurance for a two-year period beginning Jan. 1.



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