News Briefs

Relief funds
Kilbuck Township officials are not sure what to do with almost $5,000 in fire relief funds received recently.

Supervisors' chairman Russ Hardiman said at the Sept. 22 supervisors' meeting that the Kilbuck Township Volunteer Company is no longer answering calls in the township, but is not yet dissolved. Effective Sept. 1, Kilbuck is spending $26,000 per year for the next five years to have fire calls answered by the Ben Avon and Emsworth volunteer fire companies.

The funds were received for the year 2009, during which Kilbuck firefighters provided service for eight months, but solicitor Chuck Means said that the funds are to be distributed to the company designated to provide fire service in the municipality.

He planned to check with the state to determine who should receive the money. Future fire relief funds will be divided between the Emsworth and Ben Avon companies per the service contract with Kilbuck.

Unused equipment
The Northgate School Board, at its regular meeting on Monday, declared a number of pieces of equipment unused and unnecessary.

The board voted to sell three pin-feed printers and two pin-feed check signers that it declared unused.

Board members Harry Dilmore and Susan Nolan were absent.

PaMS contract extended
The Northgate School Board, at its regular meeting on Sept. 21, authorized a contract with Pennsylvania Municipal Services for the collection of earned income and other Act 511 taxes.

The company will be paid a base rate of 1.6 percent of the revenue it collects until the Northern Area Tax Collection Committee decides how future tax collection will be done.

The board also approved a resolution officially appointing director of finance Marilynn Berner as a voting delegate to the committee, and board member Susan Nolan as the alternate.

Board members Harry Dillmore and Nolan were absent.

Workshop meeting change
The Kilbuck Township Supervisors will revert to the prior schedule of monthly workshop meetings.

The meetings, now held one hour prior to the regular supervisors' meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month, will go back to the previous schedule in which the meetings were held the second Wednesday of the month.

Supervisors Russ Hardiman and Susan Merkner said at their meeting last Tuesday that holding the meetings earlier in the month will allow time to get necessary information before the voting meeting.

The workshop meetings will be held at 6 p.m., while regular meetings will continue to be held at 7 p.m.

Athletic contracts
Coaches and sponsors for Northgate winter sports were approved by the school board at its regular meeting on Monday.

Kevin McKiernan will be paid $5,878 as the boys' basketball head coach.

The first assistant boys' basketball coach will be Fred McKiernan, who will be paid $3,938.

Tom Ewing and Dan Sefick each will be paid $3,527 as assistant boys' basketball coaches. Ewing will coach the eighth graders and Sefick the seventh graders.

The girls' basketball head coach will be William Quinn, who will receive $5,878.

Frank Nedwidek will be the first assistant girls' basketball coach, paid $3,938.

Joanne Jamriska was hired as the head swimming coach, and will receive $4,991.

The assistant swimming coach will be Cindy Van DeVelde, who will be paid $3,344.

Ed Marcellus will be paid $889 for being the weightlifting sponsor.

Jessica Sheerer will be paid $1,282 to work as the junior varsity cheerleading sponsor.

Abigail Anderson was hired as the seventh and eighth grade cheerleading sponsor and will receive $1,282.

Settlement reached
The Northgate School Board has approved a settlement agreement and a mutual release with two property owners concerning flood damage on Union Avenue in June.

The lawsuit originally was brought against businesses located on Union Avenue near the high school entrance, according to superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield, including Verizon, Green Development Inc. and DPM. Bonfield noted that Northgate was not originally named as a defendant in the civil suit.

Bonfield said that the district later received a notice that it would be included in the lawsuit as a co-defendant, along with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Ross Township.

The settlement does not require Northgate to make any payments for damages, Bonfield said.

Speed check
Motorists traveling Roosevelt Road in Kilbuck Township will want to check their speeds in the future.

After a resident complained to township supervisors about speeding on the road, Ohio Township Police Chief Beaver Micklos said that officers would increase patrols and speed monitoring along Roosevelt.

Sewer plan approved
The Kilbuck Township Supervisors voted Tuesday to clear the way for a Perrysville Avenue property owner to tap into the Ben Avon sewer system.

The sale of the property is contingent upon the new sewer connection due to the failure of the property's septic system. The property owner has asked Ben Avon for permission to run a line into the neighboring borough's sewer system.

The Kilbuck supervisors voted unanimously to release the property owners to join the Ben Avon system. Supervisor John Fader was absent.

Student conference
A number of Northgate students are expected to attend the state student council conference this year.

The Northgate School Board authorized, at its regular meeting on Sept. 21, up to seven students and one advisor to attend the conference, which will be held at Pennridge High School Nov. 12-14.

The trip could cost an estimated $1,500.

Mentors approved
Northgate School District staff members were approved as mentors for new teachers as a part of the teacher induction program mandated by the state.

The mentors were approved by the Northgate School Board at its regular meeting on Monday.

Todd Goble was approved as a mentor for Sara Wolowicz. He will be paid $800.

Elizabeth Doerr will be paid a total of $800 for mentoring both Abigail Anderson and Kathy Dragone.

Ted Zettle will be paid $400 for mentoring Kristin DeGiovanni.

Megan Mancini will be mentored by Chrissy Jones, who will be paid $400.

Board members Harry Dilmore and Susan Nolan were absent.

Northgate personnel
Four personnel decisions were made by the Northgate School Board at its regular meeting on Sept. 21.

Julia Coughenour was approved as a volunteer sponsor of the Environmental Awareness and Service Club.

Jonathan Juracko was approved as a volunteer swimming coach.

Both Donna LaLonde and Julie Quigley were hired as part-time special education teacher assistants.

Board members Harry Dilmore and Susan Nolan were absent.

Facilities use
A facilities use request made by the Winter Ensemble was approved at the Northgate School Board's regular meeting on Sept. 21.

The request is to use the high school gym, cafeteria, and the first and second floor hallways on Friday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 13, from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., to host a show.

The district will be reimbursed for any custodial overtime needed.

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