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The parks and recreation board will sponsor a holiday senior luncheon and movie at noon Tuesday in the municipal building community room. The movie will be shown on a big screen.
The fee for the event, sponsored by Gallagher Home Health Services, is $5 per resident and $6 per nonresident. Preregistration is required by Friday. Space is limited to the first 50 paid reservations.
Information: Lisa Novak, parks and recreation director, 412-279-2525, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents will have to wait until February to learn what the borough's real estate tax rate will be for 2013.
That's because real estate assessment appeals are still being heard, explained manager David Montz. Holding off on setting the millage rate will provide time for more tax appeal results to come in and possibly result in a lower rate.
"We don't know what our assessed value will be," Mr. Montz said at Monday's council meeting.
At this point, he is recommending a 3.95-mill tax rate, which is a reduction from the current 4.35 mills. However, the new millage could be lower, depending on the outcome of outstanding assessment hearings.
The borough's proposed general fund now is $8.48 million, which represents a 15.04 percent increase over the current year. But Mr. Montz noted that the borough has set up an escrow fund to pay for expected tax refunds, which is inflating the budget's bottom line. Appeals for both commercial and residential structures are still pending.
• Councilman David Rea, planning and zoning chairman, reported Monday that the City Vista apartment site is being readied for development and that a developer's agreement will be before officials next month.
Oxford Properties of Atlanta has proposed to erect City Vista, a 272-unit apartment complex behind Parkway Center.
• The oath of office was administered to Chandrasekar Muthiah, an 11th-grader at Keystone Oaks High School, who was sworn in as a junior council member for the next 18 months. "I'm just very honored to be here," he said.
Starting Jan. 1, households will be charged $1 per month - or $12 per year - for on-call collection of electronic and hazardous waste. Residents will be able to call Waste Management as often as needed to schedule pickups of computer monitors, TVs, paint and other materials.
• Commissioners on Monday approved a settlement agreement with Vigilant Insurance Co. and MJH Development Co. that requires the companies to pay $90,000 to complete public and private improvements in the Oaks and the Oak Ridge neighborhoods.
• Robinson manager Aaron Bibro will recieve a 2.5 percent wage increase, raising his annual salary to $75,850. Commissioners on Monday approved the pay raise in addition to 2 percent increases for finance officer Gerald Kezmarsky, planning director Rick Urbano and code enforcement officer Greg Cuthbert.
• Commissioners voted 5-0 Monday to adopt the 2009 International Fire Code, including appendix chapters such as one addressing fire apparatus access roads. Township fire inspectors may apply the code to new building plans.
In June, Robinson revoked Montour High School's temporary occupancy permits, saying the district must upgrade an emergency access road, as required by the fire code. The township later reinstated the permits through the current school year after it was discovered that Robinson had never adopted the code and therefore could not legally enforce it.
First Published December 6, 2012 5:37 am