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Marcella McGrogan and Robert DeBar have resumed their roles as president and vice president of the Historical Society of Carnegie after receiving unanimous support of the nonprofit organization's trustees.
The two had resigned in frustration last month. Mrs. McGrogan, who had been off this summer because of surgery, was upset that she had not been consulted about the agenda and Mr. DeBar followed her lead.
The agenda was produced by treasurer Dan Burns, who had taken over "because I was the only one left."
But none of the resignations, which had not been submitted in writing, had been acted on and therefore were deemed not official. Minutes from the September meeting were also found invalid for the same reason.
"It's over and done with," said Mrs. McGrogan after the hour-long Oct. 2 meeting.
Board secretary Joan Harbin also submitted her resignation, which she tendered because of her outside job responsibilities. That has been accepted. However, she is remaining as a historical society volunteer.
The board's next meeting will be Nov. 13.
• Attention dog walkers: please keep off the grassy and play areas in Carnegie Park.
That was the decision Monday by council in voting to amend the ordinance to contain dogs from certain sections of the park. In accordance with the decision, notifying signs will be posted and violators will be fined.
Lest dog owners feel slighted, it was announced that two dog parks -- one for small dogs and the other for large ones -- are now open in the municipal park.
• Officials approved the hiring of low bidder Gary Metzinger Cement Contractor to replace the Morrow Avenue Bridge. Total cost of the project is $93,975.
Also approved was council's purchase of a building at 12 Third St. for $16,400, with Carol Covi voting no.
The building is to be torn down for an estimated $25,000.
• Council approved a $5,250 contract with Pyrotechnico to provide fireworks for the Independence Day celebration next year.
Clinton Road reopened to traffic Tuesday at its intersection with Route 30. Detours had been in place during a $454,585 improvement project by the state Department of Transportation.
Supervisors are working with a new paperless agenda system, Board Docs, which manager Jeanne Creese said Oct. 3 is a great savings in time and resources. The electronic system replaces the costly procedure of compiling, printing binding and distributing paper agenda packets by hand.
The new eGovernance features for meeting agendas and minutes can be accessed on the township's website, www.moontwp.com. Residents can follow the agenda at home during the meeting. Information: 412-262-1700.
• Parks and recreation director Dana Kasler has resigned and will move to Florida to become deputy director of parks and recreation in Lee County. He has worked 12 years in Moon. His resignation is effective Nov. 9.
He said that his new position will provide him with more challenges and a couple hundred parks.
Mr. Kasler has worked in parks and recreation for the past 25 years, in both universities and communities. He said that he will work with Moon officials to spread out his duties. Some of the things he was working on in Moon were sports lighting for Moon Park, a riverfront park and the budget.
• A meeting to discuss the riverfront park project will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the administration building, 1000 Beaver Grade Road. Officials will discuss the status of the master plan for recreational opportunities along the Ohio River.
• Supervisors awarded an $11,618 contract on Oct. 3 to Bronder Technical Services for long-awaited safety improvements on the Montour Trail crossing at Park Manor Boulevard at the entrance to Robinson Town Centre. The vote was 4-0. Frank Sinatra was absent.
The project involves erecting electronic "No Turn On Red" signs and countdown timers for pedestrian crossing lights. A grant of $15,000 was received from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the work.
Pittsburgh Technical Institute has applied to build a 30,000-square-foot energy tech center on its McKee Road campus. The school will present development plans during the planning commission meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Laura Ludwig, development director.
• Supervisors on Tuesday approved purchasing a $72,000 automated system for producing salt brine. Public works director Patrick Felton said the innovative system will save money, reduce salt use and help keep roads safe during winter ice and snow.
The Public Works Department will collect autumn leaves for three weeks starting Monday with each street having curbside collection three times.
To check which day of the week your street is scheduled for pick up, visit www.townshipofrobinson.com/leaf.html.
Residents are reminded that certain high traffic streets require that homeowners must bag their leaves in biodegradable bags for pick to avoid leaves blowing onto the street. Those streets are marked on the schedule.
Leaves must be piled at the curb on the evening prior to the scheduled pick up.
After a delay of seven weeks and just in time for cool autumn temperatures, the air-conditioning system is functioning again in the public library in the municipal building on Lindsay Road.
The outage did not affect the other offices or departments at the building -- just the library.
Why the repair took so long is not clear, since Scott officials contended with the issue in August and again in September. On Sept. 25, officials were told the repair parts had been ordered that week.
Commissioner Bill Wells, who said Scott budgets $600,000 annually for maintenance, was mystified about the lengthy repair time.
"I really feel this was not a priority, as it should have been," he said.
Libraries are vulnerable to heat and humidity because books are made of paper, a medium that mold and mildew can feed on. When a library's temperature and humidity are both above 70 percent, mold and mildew growth becomes most possible.
The library's windows do not open.
Executive director Janet Forton said she did not know whether the air conditioning malfunction kept patrons away, but added that it has been a burden to staff and volunteer workers.
Despite the heat, the Friends of the Library made $5,000 at its annual book sale Sept. 20-23.
Residents can place leaves and other yard waste in biodegradable bags at the curb on Nov. 3 and 10.
For the Saturday leaf curbside collection pickups, all bags must be biodegradable, sealed tightly and weigh less than 25 pounds.
First Published October 11, 2012 4:47 am