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Allegheny County and the Allegheny County Parks Foundation will be host to a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the main meeting room of the township municipal building on Hilltop Road to discuss the first phase of the proposed Panhandle Connector Trail improvement project in Settlers Cabin Park.

The first phase would connect Settlers Cabin Park to Walkers Mill in Collier. The Panhandle Trail continues 29 miles to Colliers, W. Va.

Consultants Johnson Mirmiran & Thompson Inc. will present a schematic design, as well as various options for a connector trail that would follow the old Greer Road alignment.

An open forum and discussion to gather residents opinions will follow the presentation.


Council President John Z. Pessy was given the go ahead July 10 from council to execute a three-year maintenance agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for street sweeping on Fifth Avenue (Route 51). The borough will receive approximately $3,600.

• Council approved a resolution that would allow them to retain Piper Jaffray & Co. of Pittsburgh to perform a debt service analysis for capital projects. Borough manager Ray McCutcheon said the analysis would let council know how much it can borrow. Council is considering building a new municipal complex.

In June, Vance Avenue resident Clarence Sellers asked about property that was purchased by the borough on Fourth Avenue and wondered whether it was for a new municipal complex. His main concern was that taxes would increase. Solicitor Richard Start responded that an assessment would have to be made to determine what a structure would cost and then council would be able to see how that would affect the budget.

• Bid documents were approved for the Fourth Avenue traffic signal upgrade. Manager Ray McCutcheon said the upgrades would involve replacing control panels and wiring and installing LED traffic lights. Light replacements only would be made at the intersections of Broadway, Mulberry, Mill, Main and Watt streets.

Councilman Rudy Bolea said that there would not be any more overhead lights in the middle of the road. Manager Ray Mc Cutcheon said that the first proposal that was considered would have been to hang an overhead traffic signal from Duquesne Light's poles, but council wasn't in favor of that idea because it would increase the borough's insurance expense by over $7,000 a year.

Chief Alan De Russo said Duquense Light owns the light poles. Once the intersection is upgraded the borough will own the poles.

Mr. Mc Cutcheon said, "The borough is trying to get another grant to put an overhead traffic signal on our own pole at Broadway Street."

He said that the chief received an Automated Red Light Enforcement grant from the state. The funding comes from fines collected at automated red light enforcement cameras.


The borough is accepting craft vendors for Oktoberfest to be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Sept. 28 in Heidelberg Park. The event features music, Zambelli fireworks, children activities, German and American foods and beverages.

Registration forms: http://heidelbergpa.tripod.com/id25.html.


Moon Community Access Television is offering a free four-week television production training course from 6:30 to 8 p.m. starting Wednesday in the MCA-TV studio, 1700 Beaver Grade Road. Participants must complete all four classes to become a volunteer.

The class is open to anyone interested in studio, camera, audio and technical training. Completion of the course qualifies individuals to become an MCA-TV volunteer with access to camera and studio equipment as the opportunity to be part of shows produced for and aired on MCA-TV.

Moon residents who complete the course can become a community producer and be responsible for providing productions,

MCA-TV is on cable stations Comcast channel 14 and Verizon FiOs channel 35, reaching approximately 8,000 households in Moon.

To register: 412-269-1191 or asergeant@moontwp.com or call 412-269-1191.


Bill Steele, owner of Steele Auto Body on Noblestown Road in Oakdale, is requesting council rezone some of the former Joy Dog Food property on Union Avenue from industrial to business.

Mr. Steele and his attorney, Lynn Emerson, told council July 18 that he has made an offer on 2.5 acres of land owned by Tom Robinson with the intention of relocating and expanding his auto body business and associated parking. But borough zoning code does not allow auto body shops in industrial districts.

"I want to move more into the traffic flow of Oakdale," Mr. Steele said.

He would use about an acre of the property and sell the remaining portion, he said.

Council did not make a decision, but could address the issue during a future meeting.

South Fayette

Commissioners have appointed David Pope to the Environmental Advisory Council and are seeking applicants to fill two more vacant slots. Mr. Pope is vice president of the South Fayette Conservation Group.

• Smoking and tobacco use now are prohibited in all South Fayette parks and playgrounds. Warning signs will be installed as part of the Tobacco Free Allegheny program. Violators may be subject to ejection from the property and a fine up to $600. Commissioners approved the resolution July 17.

• The township declared a disaster emergency following hard rains and flooding July 10.

Township manager Ryan Eggleston said the township received more than 100 storm-related calls. Some of the hardest hit regions were in Sturgeon and along Millers Run, Presto-Sygan, Boyce and Mayview roads.

The township and Allegheny County were assessing damage in hopes of receiving federal emergency funding, officials said.

Some residents attended the July 17 commissioners' meeting to express concern about residential flooding at Washington Pike and Pineview Drive.

Others said they saw water in neighborhoods where flooding had never been a problem before.



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