News Briefs

Emergency repair
An emergency repair to a lateral sewer line near the Emsworth borough garage was approved by Emsworth Council at its regular meeting on Wednesday.

The repairs will cost some $37,000.

According to council member Paul Getz, the Allegheny County Health Department notified the borough that the sewer line was leaking into Lowries Run Creek.

Council unanimously authorized the repairs.

Council members Ed Politylo and Rob Bennett were absent.

Solicitor named
Emsworth Council has named a new solicitor, following the resignation of Mike Marmo.

Council unanimously approved Robert McTiernan, of the law firm Tucker, Arnsberg, to take over the reins as borough solicitor.

Council member Paul Getz said that he and council members Ed Politylo and Amy Adams had interviewed a total of six candidates for the job.

Marmo resigned to accept a judicial appointment to the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

Council members Ed Politylo and Rob Bennet were absent.

Superintendent gets raise
The Avonworth School Board unanimously approved, at its work session on Tuesday, a salary increase for superintendent Dr. Valerie McDonald.

The board approved a 3 percent, performance-based raise on her existing contract, retro-active to July, 2009. McDonald's contract lasts until 2011.

The raise increases McDonald's salary to $125,402.50 this year.

Board member Peter McKay was absent.

Pennsylvania Avenue estimate
It is expected to cost some $100,000 to repair Pennsylvania Avenue in Emsworth, the scene of two recent water main breaks.

Emsworth council member Paul Getz said that a water main break at the end of May was followed by another two weeks later. The borough has filled a claim for funding, Getz said, and hopes to be able to repair the street soon.

Wage increase
A wage increase for an Emsworth department of public works employee was approved by the borough council at its regular meeting on Wednesday.

Council approved increasing Dan Kester's hourly wage to $16.25 per hour for 40 hours per week. The raise is effective on Sept. 14.

Council members Ed Politylo and Rob Bennett were absent.

Avonworth personnel
The Avonworth School Board made a number of personnel decisions at its work session on Sept. 8.

The board hired Morgan LeDonne as a special education teacher at the elementary school for the 2009-10 school year.

Joe Donovic was approved by the board as a mentor for LeDonne.

The board hired Casey Dowiak as varsity cheerleading head coach. She will replace Ashley Mohr, who has resigned.

Ashley Clark was hired as a middle school cheerleading coach.

The board hired Kelly Compeau as both the boys’ and girls’ middle school soccer coach.

Kristen Buttenfield was hired as an assistant girls’ middle school soccer coach.

Shane Basinger was approved as a volunteer boys’ varsity soccer assistant coach.

The board approved Mike Mamich as a volunteer assistant coach for the middle school football team.

Ed Malsch was approved as a volunteer assistant varsity football coach.

The school board hired Mike Boyd as an assistant varsity football coach.

Ladjebe Lare was approved as an assistant soccer coach.

Co-op extended
Emsworth Borough Council has authorized an extension to a cooperative work program with the Avonworth School District.

Summer student employee Matt Mamich will continue to work for the department of public works. He will be paid $8.50 per hour for no more than 20 hours per week.
The extension was approved at the Sept. 9 Emsworth Council meeting.


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