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Property owners will have to wait a bit longer to find out how much they will pay to the borough in real estate taxes. Borough officials say tax assessment figures are still changing because of successful reassessment challenges.

"For the most part, [values] have been dropping," Councilman Pat Catena, finance chairman, said Tuesday.

He estimated that the value of $15 million-$20 million of local property remains undecided.

The borough doesn't have to set a millage rate until just before the tax bills are mailed out in July.

State law requires municipalities to trim millage rates to make the effect of higher assessed values revenue neutral -- a tax rate of 5.4 mills in Carnegie. Local governments are allowed to collect an additional 5 percent in real estate revenues following reassessment, which would be 6.1 mills in the borough. Officials, however, must approve those increases by separate, public votes.

Current tax rate in Carnegie is 7.2 mills.


Those who want to take advantage of Collier's expanding and diverse recreational system will have to do so without their cigarettes, pipes and chewing tobacco.

Commissioners voted unanimously May 8 with one member absent to adopt a resolution creating tobacco-free zones at all township parks, courts, ball fields and playgrounds.

Collier's parks and recreation committee recommended the action, township manager Sal Sirabella said.

• Victor Paving was hired to implement the township's 2013 roadway and storm sewer improvements for $364,440.

The program will cover the following streets: Colecrest Street, St. Mellion Drive, Highlandview Road, Walker Avenue, Sunset Place and Meadowgrove Circle.

• Dave Brown, chief of the Rennerdale Volunteer Fire Department, reported his department and Kirwan Heights Volunteer Fire Department would vote this week on a proposed joint Emergency Management Service agreement.

He added that 12 more volunteer firefighters have recently joined the Rennerdale department.


Borough officials were upset about a disabled freight train that was stopped for about three hours on May 4 and blocked several crossings between Montour Street near the Coraopolis Bridge and the Thorn Street crossing.

Police Chief Alan De Russo said he threatened to arrest the conductor for violating an ordinance that prohibits trains for stopping for longer than 30 minutes.

Manager Ray McCutcheon said the train was disabled. Once it was repaired, the train had to be checked before it could resume its run.

McKees Rocks

Council voted not to oppose a request before the Public Utility Commission to install a railroad crossing gate at St. John Street, and approved a motion to issue sewer bills every other month.

It also renamed Guthrie Street in memory of Catherine Baker Knoll, the McKees Rocks resident who served as lieutenant governor from 2003 to 2008 and as state treasurer from 1989 to January 1997.

She died in 2008 at age 78.


Neville Green, a nonprofit environmental group on Neville Island, will hold its 21st annual flower planting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers are needed to help plant about 1,500 flowers at the Interstate 79 ramps, along Grand Avenue and at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Neville Road. They should meet at 9 a.m. at the fire station on Grand Avenue. Information: 412-262-3620.

North Fayette

Police soon will be monitoring feeds from at least 34 video cameras throughout the township.

Already, dispatchers screen footage from 27 surveillance cameras that are posted in areas such as Donaldson Community Park, the Five Points intersection in Imperial, the police station and the municipal building.

The township plans to add five cameras at the Hankey Farms swimming pool and two cameras at the municipal fuel pumps, police Lt. Michael Hamm said Tuesday.

Dispatchers inside the North Branch Road police station also have gained permission to monitor live feeds from video cameras at Parkway West Career and Technology Center in North Fayette, Lt. Hamm said.

And police are discussing the possibility of monitoring West Allegheny School District video cameras, he said.

The West Allegheny middle and high schools, McKee Elementary and Donaldson Elementary are in North Fayette.

Feeds generally use an Internet connection and record video either 24 hours a day or on demand, Lt. Hamm said.

In addition to cameras, microphones have been placed inside the police squad room and jail cell, he said.

Video has been useful in obtaining car and driver descriptions at the Imperial intersection, Lt. Hamm said.


Township residents who haven't received their spring editions of Scott Township News, which is published by the municipality, should ask their postal carriers about it.

"Nobody in my ward received it," said Ward 2 Commissioner Bill Wells on Tuesday. I hope it gets out there."

Board President Tom Castello, who lives in Ward 5, said he has not received his copy.

Other commissioners indicated their issues had been delivered on different days, but not all had received their copies.

Township manager Denise Fitzgerald said the post office allows seven-10 days for the newsletters to be delivered.

This contains an application for pool memberships, as well as information on other recreational offerings.

The pool will open May 25.

When Mr. Wells said he questioned his mailman about the newsletters' whereabouts, the postal employee remarked that he usually gets 15 or 20 stacks of the newsletter to deliver but that he had received just one stack this year.

• Commissioners continued to mull over a possible bond issue that would pay for the repaving of lengthy, hilly and busy Swallow Hill Road, as well as a residential street in Ward 3.

Officials discussed a $4.3 million bond issue and a $6 million issue, with board President Tom Castello noting that a decision must be made at the board's next voting meeting May 28 or Swallow Hill Road would not be improved this year.

• Police Chief James Secreet said he had received information from an interpreting service that could be useful in fielding emergency calls from residents.

An interpreting service that contacted him indicated it could translate 150 languages into English.



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