Household chemical collection slated
Hazardous household chemicals will be accepted in a collection sponsored by the Pennsylvania Resources Council and its partners from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bradys Run Park Recycling Center.
Individuals dropping off pesticides, automotive fluids and household cleaners will pay a fee of $2 per gallon, cash only.
In addition PRC, in partnership with Nova Chemicals, and Appliance Warehouse will collect hard, white, molded polystyrene packing material for recycling free of charge. The material will be recycled and converted into decorative moldings, picture frames and clothes hangers.
Information: www.zerowastepgh.org or 412-488-7452.
Group formed to stop creek flooding
McDonald has formed the nine-community Robinson Run Watershed Municipal Group to help find a permanent solution to creek flooding.
Council President Marilou Ritchie is asking participating towns to sign a letter requesting that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers undertake a flood reduction investigation.
The feasibility phase is federally funded up to $100,000, she said.
"This request is the first step toward a permanent solution that we know is necessary for each of our municipalities," Ms. Ritchie wrote in the Oct. 1 letter.
The communities include Bridgeville, North Fayette, South Fayette and Oakdale in Allegheny County, and Cecil, Mt. Pleasant, Robinson and Midway in Washington County. McDonald spans both counties.
"The project will take time and a lot of effort by all of us," Ms. Ritchie wrote. "It should be noted that your municipality can withdraw support at any time. We can, in the meantime, help each other in the removal of the debris that is stagnant along the creek bank. Larger public works departments can provide the equipment necessary for this endeavor, while the smaller departments can offer the manpower."
McDonald hosted a kickoff meeting last month with the communities, elected state officials, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the state Department of Environmental Protection.
CCAC hosts Clean Cities Odyssey Day
Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center will host the fourth Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities Odyssey Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday on campus, 1000 McKee Road.
"Re-Fueling America for the Next 100 Years," will focus on educating fleet managers, towns and school districts on the benefits and advantages of alternative fuel, technology and next generation vehicles.
The program will have break-out information and education sessions on new vehicles, vehicle conversions, fueling infrastructure and electric charging, public and private transportation, state and federal funding, alternatively fueled vehicle funding options, fleet strategies, heavy duty vehicles, and regulations.
Opportunities to drive and examine alternatively fueled vehicles and participate in discussions will be available.
The program is free. Reservations: www.pgh-cleancities.org. Registration also is available the day of the event at West Hills Center.
Sound barrier meeting postponed
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has rescheduled a meeting with the Green Tree Sound Barrier Commission until 7 p.m. Oct. 22.
Borough manager Davic Montz said State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana, D-Brookline, has informed him that the state Senate has voted 48-2 to adopt a transportation funding bill.
"We need to get the house on board," Mr. Montz added.
Councilman Ron Panza called the Senate vote "good news" since the purpose of the canceled meeting was to persuade PennDOT that a sound barrier is necessary. "It is good news that they're on board with this," Mr. Panza said.neigh_west
First Published October 10, 2013 7:39 AM