The Green Tree Farmers Market, sponsored by Allegheny Valley Bank, will be open from 4-7 p.m. today in Green Tree Park.
Sweet corn will be available, as well as a variety of other items. Parking is free. For a list of vendors: www.greentreeboro.com.
• The 2013 Green Tree Guard Games will take place at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the borough pool. The event is free and the pool will stay open till 10. Family Wing Night starts at 7:30 p.m. the same evening
Residents can help decide who will be Green Tree's Golden Guard. All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics.
Emergency responders, with the help of the Allegheny County Emergency Management Agency, recently participated in an exercise to practice their response to an emergency at the Duquesne Light Substation.
The exercise scenario involved an intruder who had broken into the substation, resulting in a fire and hazardous materials release.
The drill required responders to control the fire, handle the cleanup, prepare press releases and answer questions from the media.
Responders were critiqued on their actions. Participating agencies were police, public works department workers, members of the Emergency Management team and the township's three fire departments. A full-scale, hands-on exercise is planned for the fall.
Carrie Nolan has been appointed to the Civil Service Commission. Board members administer tests for hiring and promoting full-time police officers and preside over hearings involving police disciplinary actions. She will serve through June 2015.
• Antonio Ruiz and Emily Bielewicz were hired June 18 as probationary part-time police officers. Officer Ruiz has intermediate Spanish speaking capabilities, is a graduate of ITT Technical Institute and the Indiana University of PA Police Academy. He works part-time for the Stowe and Hanover police departments.
Officer Bielewicz is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a social science degree and is a graduate of the Allegheny County Police Academy. She works part-time with the Ambridge Police Department and as a dispatcher for North Fayette.
• The volunteer fire department received a $23,261 grant to buy new fire helmets, boots and emergency radio equipment. U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, presented a check to the fire department Friday night at the borough's family night program.
The grant was from the Federal Emergency Management Association's Assistance to Firefighters program.
The Parks and Recreation board is sponsoring a 5-kilometer run/walk at 9 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Greater Pittsburgh Orthopaedics Association in the Cherrington Corporate Center.
The course is along challenging and gently rolling paved roads around Cherrington Corporate Center and township roads. There will be prizes in age divisions.
• The US Army 28th 'Keystone' Division concert band will present a free concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Moon Park, Ewing Road.
Based in Hollidaysburg, the 40-member 'Keystone' Division Concert Band is among the top performing Army National Guard Bands in the nation. Music performance will feature contemporary songs, classical music, Sousa marches and ballads.
The board of directors of the Municipal Authority of the Township of Robinson has adopted a $5.5 million operating budget that will mean no rate increases for water or sewage service for customers for the period of July 1 to June 30, 2014.
This is the third year without a rate increase. The authority's operating expenses of $89,996 represents a 2 percent reduction.
Among the capital improvement projects that are nearing completion or planned for the upcoming fiscal year are:
• Opening the authority's new administrative office and maintenance facilities.
• Refurbishing the Dendron Drive, Douglas Hill, Petrie Road and Groveton pump stations.
• Replacing waterlines on Glass Road and at the Covi-Douglas sewage treatment plant.
• Upgrading pumping facilities at the Groveton water treatment plant.
The authority serves approximately 5,100 customers in Robinson and provides wholesale water service to Findlay. It also is responsible for maintaining nearly 190 miles of water and sewer lines.
Commissioner Bill Wells inquired on Tuesday whether Scott had heard anything from Allegra Printing or the U. S. Post Office in Green Tree concerning approximately 500 spring newsletters that were not delivered to Ward 2 residents.
Only a few households in the 400 block of Lindsay Road received the newsletter, he said. Scott's other eight wards were not affected.
Board Secretary Kathy Gazda said a claim has been filed with the post office.
Officials also collected unused newsletters from the municipal building as well as several condominiums and apartment buildings. Those newsletters were being delivered to Ward 2.
• Commissioner Stacey Altman requested that the township's Right-To-Know form be posted on the web site, where it can be downloaded. She asked that Scott's ordinances be posted online, too.
• Scott commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved advertising an ordinance that would establish a 10 percent penalty for all late payments of real estate taxes.
The same rate would apply, too, to interest charges on delinquent taxes.
Commissioner Bill Wells said that the higher fee "might get people to step up to the plate."
• Officials also agreed to advertise a proposed $9 million bond issue that would include about $6 million in new money. The remaining money would be used to refinance two 2007 bonds.
Scott wants to use the funds in part to finance some capital improvements, including repaving Swallow Hill Road and Kane Boulevard.
However, borrowing may be postponed because of market conditions, advised investment banker Joe Muscatello of Boenning and Scattergood. If the bonds don't sell immediately, he recommended postponing further advertising until after July 4.
Mr. Muscatello said Scott's high bond rating and smaller debt compared to many other communities should work in the township's favor.
Scott's bond counsel is Dodaro, Matta and Cambest.neigh_west