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Santa will come to town at noon Saturday at the Carnegie Borough Building lobby on Veterans Way. All children will receive a gift from Santa, as well as a gift bag of surprises. The event is sponsored by the Carnegie Children's Events Committee. Information: 412-953-0238.
The borough's tree lighting ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the PNC Bank parking lot, 2 W. Main St.
Visitors can enjoy hot chocolate, coffee and cookies. Information: 412 276-1414.
About 25 residents of Neville Manor asked Collier officials Nov. 14 for either an increase in services or a decrease in taxes.
"We want what other township residents have," said Dennis Morton, president of the Neville Manor Homeowners' Association. "If we can't get the services, then reduce our taxes."
Residents said they would like to see police patrols, trash pick-up and snow removal. The petition was signed by 85 homeowners in the 90-home development on Ewing Road.
Mr. Morton said that the development was proposed as a gated community but that homeowners later had that restriction removed. He indicated the homeowners' association was active and already has an established recycling program.
Commissioner Timothy Young wanted to know if all the roads at Neville Manor were completed, to which Mr. Morton replied affirmatively.
Board president Robert Schuler said, "We'll get back to you."
"Please act quickly," urged Neville Manor resident William Dunlap.
• Lou Beccari of Thoms Run Road said storm water from Kelly Park is discharging onto his parents' farm on Steen Hollow Road and causing flooding. It's a situation that he believes is not permitted under the township's code. Mr. Schuler promised to work with the family to resolve the flooding problem.
• Marc Kania was hired as a part-time parks and recreation assistant, effective Oct. 29, at a pay rate of $15 an hour. Dan Henney was hired as a full-time public works mechanic, effective Dec. 3, at $17.49 an hour.
• Commissioners voted to advertise and post the 2013 operating budget and capital budget even though they are not sure what the final numbers will be.
One of the uncertain points is the tax millage after the county-wide reassessment earlier this year. Municipalities must cap their tax income at 105 percent from the prior year, but final numbers from Allegheny County are not expected until next month.
Board president Robert Schuler said the commissioners have spent more than two months putting a new budget together and will probably have to meet in late December to set the 2013 millage rate.
First Published November 21, 2012 5:55 am