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4/1/17

Several residents concerned about the Salvation Army’s plans to build a new worship center in Bellevue once again addressed Bellevue Council at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

3/27/17

You may need a scorecard to identify Avalon officials for a while, as a number of key appointments - and one resignation - were approved during Tuesday's regular Avalon Council meeting.

3/27/17

Several personnel items were approved by the Avonoworth School Board during the March 13 meeting.

The board accepted the resignation of Barbara Clark, substitute food service worker, retroactive to Feb. 27.

The board approved Katie Libbon as a fourth grade day-to-day elementary school substitute for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year, at $140/day with no benefits, retroactive to Feb. 27.

3/27/17

Ben Avon Council member Ken Opipery reminded his colleagues at Tuesday’s council meeting that the borough must deal with two different sewer mandates in the coming months, and will rely on Gateway Engineers for assistance.

One is renewing a storm water permit – the current five-year permit is nearing its end, and in September, Ben Avon will have to express its intent to apply for a new five-year one.

3/27/17

Emsworth Borough is declining to accept an ALCOSAN grant due to the large amount of money the borough would have to contribute.

Emsworth applied for a grant to cover most of the $227,289 cost of improvements to lessen the amount of storm water entering the sewage system. In the grant application, Emsworth had anticipated ALCOSAN would pay 85 percent of the project with the borough paying the 15 percent remainder of $34,093.

3/27/17

By NANCY WHYTE

The meeting room of the Kilbuck Township Municipal Building building was crowded with about 25 individuals comprising elected officials of both Kilbuck Township and Ohio Township and residents attending the March 22 meeting to discuss the procedures that would be involved in the possible joining of the two communities.

Several factors might ease a merger or consolidation. Both townships are in the Avonworth School District. Both use the Ohio Township Police department. Residents regularly drive through each other's communities.

3/27/17

At their Monday, March 13 meeting, the Avonworth School Board approved creating five new positions, one of which will be half-time.

New positions for the 2017-18 school year include: a sixth grade elementary teacher, a seventh grade math teacher, a half-time music teacher, a media center specialist, and an instructional technology specialist.

3/27/17

A business on Mt. Nebo Point Drive in Ohio Township reported two retail thefts: one on March 11 and a second on March 14.

On March 17, a business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township reported a retail theft.

A patron shopping at a business on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township reported criminal mischief to a vehicle on March 18.

3/27/17

A number of staff members from the Avonworth School District will be attending out-of-state events as a result of motions approved by the school board at the March 13 meeting.

Keera Dwulit and Gabrielle Swaney were to attend a DML 6 Playlists for Learning Workshop in Chicago March 20-22. This is part of the Digital Media & Learning grant awarded to Avonworth. They will present on digital badging and playlists for students, specifically associated with the Galleries Projects.

3/18/17

On March 1, Avalon Police received a report of criminal mischief from a resident of an apartment in a building on California Avenue. The resident reported that upon returning from walking the dog, pry marks near her apartment’s door were found. The police observed the marks and said they had been able to walk directly into the apartment building, although the doors were supposed to be locked. They advised the tenant to notify the building manager concerning the unlocked entry doors.

3/18/17

A resident of Madison Avenue reported a burglary on March 4. Items were missing from the residence.

A resident of Grant Avenue reported terroristic threats on March 6.

On March 8, a resident of Lincoln Avenue reported a burglary.

On March 8, a burglary that occurred between Feb. 28 and March 5 was reported by a resident of North Fremont Avenue.

A resident of Hallett Place reported on March 11 that overnight a rock had been thrown through a car window.

On March 13, a resident of Teece avenue reported internet fraud.

3/18/17

Emsworth Borough has entered into a contract with Holy Family Institute concerning the crosswalk across Ohio River Boulevard.

3/18/17

The Salvation Army has announced plans for construction of an $8 million worship and service center in Bellevue, hopefully opening in the fall of 2018 on property that currently houses the Lutheran Service Society (LSS) Center at 440 Lincoln Ave.

Once a Lutheran church, the current stone building has been owned by The Lutheran Service Society of Western Pennsylvania since 1996. It offers a meal site and programming directed at senior citizens.

3/18/17

Emergency service volunteers who reside in Emsworth will be able to take advantage of tax credits.

At the March 8 meeting, Emsworth Council unanimously passed Ordinance 997 authorizing local tax credits for residents who are active volunteers with volunteer fire companies or non-profit emergency medical services agencies.

According to borough solicitor Robert McTiernan, the Emsworth ordinance may very well be the first such ordinance passed in Pennsylvania since the state legislature authorized such tax credits last year.

3/11/17

Several streets in Kilbuck Township will be paved this summer as part of the township's 2017 paving project.

The supervisors voted to accept a bid of $110,750 from Russell-Standard Corp. The work, scheduled to be completed in May and June, will include Eicher Road, Hivue Lane, Plummer Avenue, Walnut Road, Ridge Avenue and Norwood Avenue.

3/11/17

Ohio and Kilbuck township once again will look at the possibility of consolidating the two adjacent municipalities.

Although explored in the past, the merger has never reached the point where Ohio Township was willing to take on the much smaller Kilbuck. With Kilbuck’s financial stabilization in recent years, new talks could produce a viable plan.

3/11/17

By NANCY WHYTE

At the first school board meeting held since the Avonworth Town Hall that took place 12 days earlier, more than 20 parents filed into the board room to voice concerns and complaints about various topics.

Generally, there are few if any individuals in attendance at such meetings, but the audience, in which almost everyone had something to say, at the March 6 school board workshop session created a standing-room-only situation.

Board vice president Kristin Thompson chaired the lengthy meeting. Each person was given unrestricted time to participate.

3/11/17

Work is expected to start in late June on a hillside stabilization project on Wilson Drive in Kilbuck Township.

The Kilbuck Township Supervisors have accepted a bid from Geobuild, LLC of Columbus, OH, for the project. Work is expected to take about one month, during which time Wilson will be closed to traffic between Perrysville Avenue and Newgate Road, with lane restrictions on Perrysville during the day.

3/6/17

 By NANCY WHYTE

More than 200 people attended Avonworth’s “Pathways for the Future” town hall two-hour meeting, held Wednesday Feb. 22, in the primary center, where superintendent Tom Ralston discussed the district’s plans to focus on the personalization of learning, interdisciplinary learning and the use of space and time throughout the various classroom buildings.

3/6/17

Bellevue Council approved the expenditure of funds for various purposes at Tuesday's regular council meeting.

The borough will spend no more than $1,500 to update its codification of ordinances.

Jet Jack will complete the 2016 sewer project work at a cost of $148,308.

The borough will buy additional fire hose at a cost of $5,984.

3/6/17

Three ordinances received final approval from Bellevue Council at its regular meeting on Tuesday.

3/6/17

A business on Lincoln Avenue reported on Feb. 1 that three juvenile males had left the store without paying for three cap guns and caps.

A resident of Teece Avenue reported fraud on Feb. 2. She stated that her art work was being sold by someone other than herself.

A resident of Lincoln Avenue reported fraud on Feb. 2. He said funds had been stolen from his bank account.

A retail store on Lincoln Avenue reported shoplifting on Feb. 3.

A juvenile was reported missing from Lincoln Avenue on Feb. 4.

3/6/17

Bellevue Council will consider adoption of an ordinance this month that would authorize re-funding the borough’s bond issue, and produce savings that would help pay for the long-awaited repair of the West Riverview Avenue retaining wall.

3/6/17

Residents of North Avenue in Bellevue and the adjacent streets should have received a notice from the borough regarding potential changes to traffic and parking on North.

Safety concerns and congestion have prompted police and council's safety committee to recommend either making the street one-way, or completely eliminating parking on North. Residents and those who travel the area are being asked for their input before a decision is made.