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Council next week is expected to consider filling the jobs of police chief and borough manager, both held by Jeffrey Harbin, who is retiring. Members will hold a special meeting June 24 to discuss personnel matters.

On Monday, council:

• Adopted an ordinance that sets the real estate tax rate at 6.23 mills. Solicitor Joe Lucas said the rate is based on a $2.1 million budget with a 91 percent collection rate that allows taxpayers to receive 2 percent discounts for paying by a certain date. Mr. Lucas said Carnegie has petitioned to go over the 105 percent collection rate, so another council vote on the millage rate will be required.

• Members Carol Covi, Rick D'Loss and Sue Demko and Mayor Jack Kobistek were named to the Carnegie Borough/Carnegie Development Corp. Wayfinding Committee that will work on new directional and welcoming signs in the borough.

• Mr. Kobistek reminded residents that dogs must be on a leash. Two incidents have occurred recently in which pets on leashes have been attacked by a dog that wasn't on a leash.

McKees Rocks

Mayor Jack Muhr said the borough has received a lot of calls from residents about bricks falling from a building at 114 Helen St.

The mayor said the property has been condemned, but it is the responsibility of the owner to repair the structure or tear it down.

"The borough can't use taxpayer's money to tear down a privately owned building," he said.


• Council awarded a $630,000 contract to R&B Contracting & Excavating Inc. of Homestead to complete the sanitary sewer interceptor project at McKees Rocks Industrial Park after the necessary permits and approvals are granted.

• Council hired Steven Gilbert as a full-time police officer, contingent on the provision that he move to within seven air miles of the borough within a year.


Supervisors issued proclamations to recognize Moon Area School District superintendent Donna K. Milanovich, who is retiring June 28, and Joseph Meyer Leibowitz and Dalton Pritt, both of Boy Scout Troop 310, who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.


• Board members authorized a three-year lease in the amount of $39,635 with Laurel Capital Corp. for seven in-car video base systems with wireless video transfer and networking.

Manager Jeanne Creese said the township had planned to pay for the camera systems and server over five years, but purchasing the system all at once would result in significant savings. The vote was 4-0. Supervisor Frank Sinatra was absent.

• Supervisors accepted the resignation of Amy Ottaviani from the Moon Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. She will become parks and recreation assistant director. Supervisors also accepted the resignation of Peggy Williams-Betlyn from the MCA-TV advisory board.

North Fayette

Supervisors on Tuesday awarded a $384,216 contract to Martino Inc. of Rochester for site work at the planned community center in Donaldson Community Park. Work includes grading and erosion controls.


• Nick Halbedl, a recent West Allegheny graduate, presented a $410 check to the township parks and recreation program called PALS -- Providing Assistance, Love and Support -- for children with special needs and their families. For his senior project, Nick raised the money selling autism awareness bracelets.

• Allegheny Metal Finishing is set to build a 5,250-square-foot addition to its industrial building at 8150 Steubenville Pike. Supervisors approved the plan Tuesday and waived certain sidewalk and storm sewer requirements.

Rosslyn Farms

Today is the registration deadline for the borough's Thrill on the Hill run for 1- and 2-milers at 9 a.m. Saturday at Rosslyn Farms Community Center, Kings Highway and Priscilla Lane.

Awards will be given to the top male and female runners in various age categories.

Cost is $20 for ages 11 and up, $10 for ages 10 and younger. Thrill on the Hill T-shirts will be given to the first 200 entrants.

Proceeds will benefit the Rosslyn Farms Community Center.


With 250 township properties still under assessment appeals, commissioners Tuesday approved a property tax rate of 4.33 mills, which will generate $4.1 million in revenue.

The assessed value for 2012 is $790 million, but that number jumped to more than $1 billion for 2013. However, 250 unresolved appeals could cost the township $55.1 million.

"It's impossible to find out what the end results will be," said board President Tom Castello, who fretted about cutting millage too much.

Both he and Commissioner Craig Stephens pointed out that some appeals may not be completed this year.

Commissioner Bill Wells took a more conservative view, arguing that it would be unlikely to lose all of the appeals, which involve both residential and commercial properties.

Scott's 2012 millage rate was 5 mills, which is 13 percent more than the new 4.33-mill rate.

"I'd like to make sure we stay within this budget so we have the money to give back," Mr. Wells said.

"I don't want to see that this money is frittered away, too."

When Mr. Castello responded that Scott always carries over unused funds, Mr. Wells replied that the amount is $2 million.



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