Around the West
Collier, Scott and five Beaver County towns are among 131 municipalities and counties that will share $17.8 million in recycling grants from the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Collier will receive $69,012 under the 53rd round of grants since the start of the Pennsylvania Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of 1988, also known as Act 101. Under Act 101, municipalities with more than 10,000 residents and those with population densities greater than 300 persons per square mile are required to recycle.
Sal Sirabella, Collier manager, said Collier would use its grant to further develop its leaf collection program, including replacing a 20-year-old leaf loading machine and expanding curbside leaf collection. He hopes that a leaf composting facility eventually will be built at the township stockyards.
Scott, which will receive $38,222, plans to use its grant money to buy new recycling bins, commissioners President Tom Castello said.
Here are the totals for Beaver County communities: Aliquippa, $120,000; Baden, $22,295; Brighton, $48,354; Center, $11,744; Monaca, $85,973; and Rochester Township, $36,568.
Currently, 440 of the state's 2,700 municipalities are required to recycle and provide curbside collection programs.
Councilwoman Mary Weise said vehicles parked on both sides of the road in some alleys hindered borough snowplows and made it difficult for garbage trucks to make their pickups during the recent snowstorms. She suggested more residents park their cars in their driveways when snowstorms are forecast.
Lori Collins, borough manager, said one car was scraped by a snowplow because it was parked in the road 2 feet from the curb.
• Several in the audience applauded the work of the police department when police Chief Chad King said during his police report, "We shut down a house of ill repute."
Police with the help of the Pittsburgh FBI on Feb. 5 arrested three women who worked at Spa 88 and shut down the business, which had been operating as a massage parlor at 600 Washington Ave.
The police began their investigation in December 2011, two months after the business was granted an occupancy permit.
Eagle Scouts Juan Saylor and Ryan Biggins, both of Boy Scout Troop 905, were recognized Feb. 6 by the supervisors.
Juan earned 25 merit badges and participated in more than 100 hours of community service in addition to completing his Eagle Scout project. He rehabilitated a recreational pavilion at the Montour Trail, planning the project and raising the money to restore the pavilion.
Ryan earned 21 merit badges and engaged in more than 21 community service hours along with completing his Eagle Scout Service Project, which was installing and funding a fire pit and recreation area for the St. Phillips Church youth worship program.
• A public hearing was held to remove a property at 1521 Coraopolis Heights Road from the Carnot Overlay District and change the zoning from C-1 to R1-A. Applicant Ron Tarquinio was not present.
Supervisors voted 4-0 to revise the zoning map to reflect the change. Supervisor Andrew Gribben was absent. In past meetings when Mr. Tarquinio was present, he said the property should be zoned residential because he intends to live on the site.
The Carnot Overlay District primarily relates to commercial development. Richard Sica, a resident of the Nyetimber neighborhood, said he supported the rezoning and that it would preserve the residential nature of Nyetimber.
• Noble Woods, formerly known as Pine Valley, won approval for its preliminary and final major land development plan application. Assistant manager Adam McGurk said the development had street-naming issues and that was why Pine Valley is now known as Noble Woods.
Frank Zappala of First City Hookstown LLC, said the development will consist of 10 buildings with 41 townhouses on 26 acres on Hookstown Grade Road. The homes will be in the $190,000 to $240,000 price range. Buyers will be required to become a member of the homeowners association, he said, which will maintain the private roads, sidewalks, rain garden and stormwater system.
Mr. Zappala said only eight acres will be developed because some of the property will be designated as wetlands. Groundbreaking is scheduled for April, he said, with road paving to begin by August and the units constructed by the end of the year.
• Hollow Oak Land Trust soon may own a 16-acre parcel at 6166 Hassam Road, if the supervisors authorize their solicitor to draft a sales agreement for the property. Supervisor Frank Sinatra had concerns at the Jan. 30 workshop session and the Feb. 6 meeting about whether the nonprofit organization would permit the public to use the land. The board agreed to have the solicitor add language that would provide public use of the land.
Assistant manager Adam McGurk said the land trust intends to use the property as a match to apply for a state grant for money to construct a trail that would connect Moon Park to the Montour trail. Supervisor Jim Vitale said this would be the best use for the property.
• Moon's former fire company rescue command unit 2 is being donated to the Breezy Point Volunteer Fire Company in Breezy Point, N.Y., which lost all of its buildings, equipment and firetrucks during Superstorm Sandy, according to Fire Chief John Scott. Supervisors voted 4-0 to donate the truck. Supervisor Andrew Gribben was absent. The Moon Fire Department has a new firetruck and recently sold its 1991 freightliner pumper to the Neville Island Fire Department.
Commissioners voted Tuesday night to increase the rental permit license fee to $30 per unit per year. The previous rate paid by rental property owners had been $15 per unit annually.
• The township unveiled its preliminary website design earlier this month at www.stowetwp.com. The site still has some kinks to work out and will be a work in progress. Updates from the site are available on a subscription basis.