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Former resident and borough businessman Robert Fryer suggested a solution to traffic congestion in town at council's Monday night meeting. Under his plan, which he illustrated with drawings, Washington and Shady avenues would become one-way pairs with three lanes of traffic on each street. One lane on each street would be devoted to left turns.
• Council authorized payment of $67,586 to Tony Baiano Construction Company Inc. of Pittsburgh for work on the Washington Avenue streetscape project. Federal grant money was used for this payment. Borough engineer Joe Sites thanked the borough public works department for helping to keep costs down by doing some of the work. Manager Lori Collins estimated saving $15,000 for work related to traffic signal boxes on the project.
Council presented Monday a certificate of appreciation to longtime businessman Jim Cancilla, the owner of D & J Records, who is retiring and moving to Florida.
• Chris Green and Sue Kelly were reappointed to three-year terms on the Chartiers Valley Industrial and Commercial Development Authority. Their terms will end Dec. 31, 2014.
• Council approved a request by Sgt. Andrew T. Oros to enter the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, effective Aug. 1. Under DROP terms, he must retire from the police department by Aug. 1, 2016.
Council also directed the borough solicitor to obtain the required legal clearances to demolish properties at 208 Seventh St. and 645 Ridge Ave.
Supervisors honored resident Emily Kearse, who will be 100 years old July 29, with a proclamation at their July 2 meeting. She has lived in the township for more than 50 years. She is a member of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, where she is the co-founder and co-director of their vacation Bible school.
The township might add an enclosed, off-leash dog park to Donaldson Community Park on Donaldson Road. Parks and recreation director Bob Brozovich on Tuesday proposed a fenced-in area at the west end of the soccer/football field. Estimated cost was about $1,500. Township regulations allow dogs to be off-leash in public parks as long as they are under their owner's control and they are not acting aggressively.
• Two more apartment buildings are set for construction in the Bright Oaks complex on North Branch Road. Supervisors on Tuesday gave final approval to development plans for two, 40-unit apartment buildings. A third building already is under construction. The 67-acre site eventually will contain five, four-story buildings with a total of 200 apartments.
• Supervisors on Tuesday promoted planning and zoning secretary Cheryl Cherico to administrative assistant for the community development and public works departments, effective June 1. Pay was set at $17.06 an hour.
Manager Bob Grimm said the township expanded Ms. Cherico's job duties due to the retirement of public works director Vic Rogale and the departure of development director Brian Temple.
• ACA Engineering Inc. is set to perform $4,965 in geotechnical work as part of a study to determine weight limits on 12 roads, township officials said Tuesday. The roads are Steubenville Pike, Pattridge Lane, Valley Street and Finks Run, Kelso, Noblestown, Mahoney, Donaldson, West Allegheny, Lutz, Stewart and McWreath roads.
First Published July 12, 2012 12:00 am