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On-line payments/strong>

People soon will have the ability to pay Avalon Borough bills -- including parking tickets -- on-line.

The borough council voted unanimously to authorize the EVS company of Coraopolis to install the capability of accepting payments on the borough's Web site. Once in place, the site will accept credit or debit card payments for bills payable to the borough.

Each payment will be assessed a transaction fee, so that the service comes at no cost to the borough.

"It's a convenience," said council member Tom Michalow at the July 20 council meeting. He cited the example of someone forgetting to pay a parking ticket until the night before the discount amount expires, or people needing to make payments when borough offices are closed.

Council member Ed Repp was absent.

Sewer patch/strong>

Under order of the Allegheny County Health Department, Avalon and Bellevue have completed temporary repair of a shared sewer line, but officials anticipate that this is just the beginning.

Rob Arnold of Chester Engineers told members of Avalon Council Tuesday evening that the sanitary sewer line on West Bellevue Road had become exposed and broken, creating the potential for raw sewage to enter adjacent waterways. An additional section of pipe is believed to have been intentionally damaged by people with rocks, he said.

The line has been repaired and covered, Arnold said.

Council unanimously approved Avalon's half of the payment to the Fleming Walker company, which performed the repairs, in the amount of $3,350. A similar payment will be due from Bellevue.

The matter does not end there, however. Arnold said that by Aug. 5 the boroughs must provide the health department with a longterm corrective action plan for permanent repair.

Avalon borough manager Harry Dilmore said that he had been hoping to delay the West Bellevue project in anticipation of grant funds becoming available in the next phase of mandated wet weather projects, which will focus on shared sewers, he said.

"It's not going to be a cheap project," Dilmore said.

Council member Ed Repp was absent.

Paving update/strong>

Despite a bit of a detour, the Avalon road paving project is about 30 percent complete.

Engineer Rob Arnold told Avalon Council at its meeting July 20 that the project is progressing.

"Some of the roads have been more expensive than we planned, but we're working through it," he said.

One of the problems being worked through is on Semple Avenue, where another landslide occurred. The full impact of that on the cost and scope of the repairs is not yet known, Arnold said.

Renovation continues/strong>

The renovation project currently underway at Bellevue Elementary School should be completed in the upcoming weeks.

At the Northgate School Board's meeting on Monday, board member Shannon Smithey asked buildings and grounds committee chairman Charles Miklos when the work would be done.

Miklos replied that the renovations should be completed in approximately three weeks. Board president Ruth Lorey noted that the renovation project at Avalon Elementary already has been completed.

Exit number changes/strong>

Motorists can expect to see a change in the exit numbers along I-279, the Parkway North.

The changes are a result of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's (PennDOT) decision to restructure I-279 and I-376. I-376 now will include both the Parkway East and the Parkway West, which previously had been part of I-279. I-279 now will include only the Parkway North.

I-279 exits that previously began with 6-C (Fort Duquesne Boulevard) and went to Exit 15 (Camp Horne Road) now will begin with 1-A and go to 8. The Bellevue/West View Exit number will change from 14 to 7.

Other new exit numbers along I-279 include: North Shore, 1-B; Ohio River Boulevard, 1-C; Chestnut/East Ohio Street, 1-D; Veterans Bridge, 2-A; East Street, 2-B; Hazlett Street, 3; Venture Street/McKnight Road/Evergreen Road (southbound), 4; McKnight Road/Evergreen Road (northbound), 4; Perrysville Avenue, 5; Camp Horne Road, 8.

Northgate personnel/strong>

A number of personnel decisions were made by the Northgate School Board at its regular meeting on July 20.

The board hired Andy King to fill the full-time, head custodian/maintenance position. The hiring was approved in a 6-1 vote, with board member Shirl Reinhart opposed.

Superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield said in a later interview that King was employed in the Northgate maintenance department prior to becoming head custodian.

The board also hired Albert Bodick as a full-time custodian at the middle/high school. Roela Boylan was hired as a part-time custodian at the school.

Sara Wolowicz was approved as a full-time physical education teacher at the middle/high school.

The board also approved Chris Meyer as a long-term substitute teacher to replace Susanne Galupi, who will be on a sabbatical leave.

Board members Harry Dilmore and John Noll were absent.

Sewer project complete/strong>

Except for some paperwork, the rehabilitation of sanitary sewers and manholes in Avalon Borough is about complete.

Officials present at the Avalon Council meeting on Tuesday said that council acted wisely in borrowing funds to get the entire mandated project completed before other municipalities who face the same consent order deadlines.

"I think we dodged a lot of bullets by being ahead of this game," said council member Tom Michalow.

In addition to avoiding escalating construction costs, according to borough manager Harry Dilmore, Avalon also was able to avoid a growing problem with contractor availability.

"There will be a lot of communities out there fighting for the same contractors," said borough engineer Rob Arnold.

Restroom funds sought/strong>

Ben Avon council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday to apply to the Community Development Block Grant program for an $18,370 grant to be used to place a unisex, ADA-compliant rest room in the building that houses the borough's fire department and NorthWest EMS.

Council president Ken Opipery Jr. was absent.

Representative appointed/strong>

Emsworth Borough Council appointed its representative to the Northern Allegheny County Tax Collection Committee at a special meeting held on July 21.

Council member Dave Heflin was chosen to represent the borough on the committee, which will be responsible for developing an earned income tax collection system that will operate regionally, rather than by municipality.

Officers hired/strong>

Three new part-time police officers were hired by Avalon Council at its July 20 meeting.

Approved unanimously were John Villa, Joseph Krah and Michael Dunbar.

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