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The Independence Conservancy will hold community tire collections in cooperation with host communities on the following dates and locations:
• Saturday, Findlay road department, 1058 Clinton Road.
• May 4, Ohioville municipal building, 6268 Tuscarawas Road.
• May 11, New Sewickley municipal building, 233 Miller Road.
• May 25, Big Beaver borough building, 114 Forest Drive.
Items will be accepted each day from 9 a.m. to noon from individuals and small businesses regardless of location. There is no limit on the number of tires or wheels that may be turned in.
Disposal fees for auto and light truck tires up to 17 inches are $2 without rims and $4 with rims. Fees for tractor trailer tires up to 22.5 inches and farm tractor rear tires any size are $20, but all must be without rims.
Police Chief Chad King said $5,200 in the Annie Baumgarten Children's Safety Fund will be used to pay for security cameras at the Holy Child Catholic School on Station Street.
Ms. Baumgarten died in 2010 in a motorcycle accident in Wyoming, and the fund was set up in her memory because the Bridgeville resident's goal was to become a social worker and she wanted to focus on child safety, the chief said.
The cameras will have a live video feed to the police station, and police will be able to view it from their patrol cars, the chief said at the borough council meeting on Monday night, but he added, the complete system will cost more to install than is currently in the fund.
To help fund the system, the Knights Templar Motorcycle Charity Organization will sponsor a motorcycle ride June 22. Afterwards, the motorcyclists will meet at Castaways Outside Inn, 608 Washington Ave.
A representative from the motorcycle club told council that the United Steelworkers Union is also donating $2,000 to the Children's Safety Fund.
• Burgers, wings, pizza, desserts, sliders and other cuisine will be prepared by nearly a dozen local restaurants and eateries for the Bridgeville Public Library's first "Taste of the Town" fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Bridgeville fire hall, 370 Commercial St.
There will be music and beverages. All proceeds will benefit the library.
Tickets are $50 and are available at the library, 505 McMillen St.
The Allegheny County South West Tax Collection District will convene its quarterly session at 6 p.m. today in the Green Tree Borough Building on West Manilla Avenue. The meeting is open to the public, as well as representatives from the 63 political subdivisions that make up the collection district.
Among the agenda items will be action on requests by some communities to verify 2012 earned income tax documents and procedures for dispersing such information.
Green Tree filed suit in Common Pleas Court in February, arguing that it needs the documents to verify delinquent taxpayers and to begin civil actions to demand any outstanding taxes. Scott has since joined in the litigation.
Several other municipalities have submitted earned income tax record requests to the tax collection district and Jordan Tax Service, which is collecting the taxes for the district.
Act 32 of 2008, which divided Allegheny County into four taxing jurisdictions for the collection of earned income taxes, states that all tax records shall be the property of the political subdivisions and the tax collection district in which the taxes were collected. The act also provides for the examination and copying of tax records.
Supervisors unanimously awarded a $974,457 contract to Youngblood Paving of Wampum for the roadway improvement program, which will cover these streets:
Commerce Drive, Commerce Avenue, Commerce Drive Extension, Amherst Avenue, Ridge Road, George Street, Delaware Drive, Pococen Drive, McKee Drive, Thorn Run Hollow, Downing Drive, Liberty Court, Freedom Court, Hemlock Drive, Philomenia Drive and Gentry Road.
Youngblood was the lowest of eight bidders.
• Earl Edwards, president of the Old Moon Township Historical Society presented a cake decorated with the township's 225th anniversary logo to supervisors April 3 in honor of the township's 225th birthday.
• Lance Welliver has been appointed parks and recreation director at an annual salary of approximately $66,000. Township assistant manager Jeffrey Ziegler said Mr. Welliver was appointed as interim director last fall when Dana Kasler resigned to accept a position in Florida.
The board also appointed Amy Ottaviani to fill the position of assistant parks and recreation director at a salary of $60,728.
• Moon Area High School senior Geoffrey Winskunas is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Robin Hill Park Carriage House as part of his senior project. The blood drive is being held in conjunction with the Central Blood Bank.
• Supervisors have designated next week as "Public Safety Telecommunicator Week" to recognize dispatchers for their work in aiding the township and its residents in emergencies.
• The board also designated next week Local Government Week and Monday as Local Government Day to honor public officials serving municipalities.
Commissioners Tuesday told concerned residents that they hope to begin making repairs to busy, hilly and steep Swallow Hill Road this summer.
After pointing out that the road is both an eyesore and a danger, one woman begged, "Raise my taxes. Raise the millage. Please fix this road." She said cars swerve to avoid the holes in the road, putting pedestrians at risk.
Another resident, Agnes DeLuca of the Nob Hill Apartments, said, "I echo everything that lady said and more so." Some of the cracks are so deep that one driver lost her tailpipe while traveling the road, she added.
Officials were sympathetic and had invited Joe Muscatello, managing director of Boenning & Scattergood to discuss a bond issue to finance the repairs. The firm has handled previous bond issues for Scott. Board President Tom Castello estimated that a complete repair of the road would take five or six months.
• James Stoker was sworn in as a sergeant. He has been a Scott policeman since 1999. Sgt. Stoker, who was accompanied by his wife and children, thanked the commissioners for his promotion. Also, the retirement letter of Steven Habovick, a 27-year public works employee, was noted, effective May 10. His last day of work was April 8.
• Several Glendale residents inquired about the sidewalk work that began earlier this week as part of the Tri-Community Revitalization Plan for Scott, Carnegie and Heidelberg.
Some of the sidewalks have been cut to make room for conduits for light posts. Utility relocations for gas lines is in the works, too.
Pat Martin of Center Street questioned whether some of the sidewalks were wide enough to be cut, and Al Parente of Magazine Street feared that handicapped access on sidewalks could be jeopardized in some spots. The minimum width for ADA-compliant sidewalks is 3 feet, he said.
Manager Denise Fitzgerald said the township is aware that some places are considered "technically infeasible" because certain state Department of Transportation regulations can't be met and has applied for exemption from these standards.
In response to Mrs. Martin's question of when the parking on Carothers Avenue would be shifted, Mrs. Fitzgerald replied it would not take place until near the end of the project.
• The township, under an agreement with eLoop, will sponsor an all-day community e-waste dropoff event until 5 p.m. Friday at the public works building.
There is no cost to Scott, but the township will profit if the collected tonnage is significant. Residents may drop off a wide range of electronic equipment and parts.