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12/23/17

The owner of rental property in Avalon complained to the borough council at their Dec. 14 meeting that inspection fees were getting way too high.

The owner told council that in addition to the annual registration fees, landlords have to pay for inpections of their units every other year. The rate per unit was $25 when the practice began in 2002, he said, and increased to $35 in 2013. This year, he said, he will pay $75 per unit inspection.

12/23/17

Bellevue Mayor Paul Cusick said that one of his final acts in office will be to veto the 2018 salary ordinance adopted by Bellevue Council Tuesday evening. The move comes after council refused to provide administrative employees with salary increases comparable to what union employees receive under their contracts.

12/23/17

Emsworth residents will not face a local tax increase in the new year.

At the Dec. 13 council meeting, a motion to adopt the 2018 millage at 3.955 was unanimously passed. Thus, the 2018 millage rate will remain the same as 2017.

Members Jolene Bennet, Paul Getz and Brian Fashian were absent from the meeting.

12/23/17

They were nights to remember, and say thanks, as outgoing officials in the four local boroughs received recognition at their final meetings.

Some were defeated in the primary or general elections of 2017, while some chose not to seek re-election.

In Bellevue Tuesday evening, council president Lynn Tennant Heffley read proclamations honoring outgoing council members Kathy Coder, Henry Lenard and Vencent Menosky, as well as outgoing mayor Paul Cusick, before Cusick read a proclamation recognizing Heffley’s own service on council.

12/23/17

Bellevue Council member Tom Hrynda, who chaired the committee that planned the celebration of Bellevue’s 150th anniversary in 2017, reported at Tuesday’s council meeting that the events had raised enough money to cover all costs, including repayment of the money advanced by the borough initially.

Hrynda thanked council member Henry Lenard for making the motion to advance the funds to kick off the celebration, but had harsh word for council member Tom Fodi, who opposed the expenditure. “I guess you were a little premature at trying to shut us down at every step,” Hrynda told Fodi.

12/3/17

Mayor Paul Cusick warned Bellevue Council Tuesday evening that he will veto any 2018 budget that allows less of a salary increase for administrative employees than for union workers.

Contract employees – including public works laborers, fire department workers and police officers – are paid under terms negotiated as part of their individual union contracts. Council annually sets the salaries for non-contract employees, which include administrative, library and code enforcement staff.

12/3/17

Following an executive session at the end of the regular Bellevue Council meeting on Tuesday, officials reconvened to accept the resignation of a police officer.

Council accepted the resignation of officer Gary Neugebauer, who has been with the department for about 20 years.

No further information was available on the reasons for the resignation.

12/3/17

Despite some strong – but insufficient – opposition, Bellevue Council has decided to move forward with the next phase of its Lincoln Avenue streetscape project using the same design firm, although no one is quite sure exactly what that will cost.

11/25/17

A resident of Broadbent Road in Ohio Township reported criminal mischief on Nov. 15.

A business on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township reported a drug violation on Nov. 16. Police say charges are pending.

A business located on Mt. Nebo Road in Ohio Township reported a drug violation on Nov. 16. Police say charges are pending.

On Nov. 16, a Church Avenue in Emsworth resident reported a disturbance.

A Freedom Lane in Ohio Township reported disorderly conduct on Nov. 17.

11/25/17

Avalon Council approved several resolutions related to grants -- both accepted and projected -- to fund various work in the borough.

Council ratified the acceptance of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) bid specification for the demolition of 423 Florence Ave., from Ken Reilly Contracting in the amount of $20,500. The grant covers $18,500 of the cost, with the borough paying the extra $2,000.

11/25/17

Leaf pick-up has been extended through Friday, Dec. 8, in Bellevue on the regular street sweeping schedule.

Parking restrictions will end on Nov.30, so residents are asked to try to consolidate piles of leaves left on the street to maximize parking opportunities.

The borough recommends bagging leaves for Friday pick-ups.

11/25/17

The regular monthly meeting of Avalon Council in December will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.

The change will accommodate a project being conducted by the Salvation Army at the borough building on the regular meeting date of Dec. 19.

11/18/17

Bellevue Police officers were dispatched to North Balph Avenue at Teece on Nov. 3 for a male breaking into a vehicle.

A West Riverview Avenue resident reported a motorcycle was stolen from in front of the residence on Nov. 6.

On Nov. 6, a Grant Avenue resident reported a delivered package had been stolen from the front porch.

On Nov. 6, a Teece Avenue resident report a theft from an apartment.

A South Fremont Avenue reported a vehicle stolen on Nov. 7.

A juvenile, later identified, committed a retail theft from a Lincoln Avenue business on Nov. 7.

11/18/17

Calling it the "largest budget in Ben Avon history," council member Richard J. White presented a proposed 2018 budget of $1,233,900 to council at Tuesday's meeting.

The budget lists total tax revenue of $963,200, the majority coming from $521,000 in current real estate tax collections, along with $380,200 in current earned income tax. The estimate for major sources of non-tax revenue is $270,700.

11/18/17

The Nov. 13 meeting marked the end of an Avonworth school board member’s 17 years of service.

Eric Templin first joined the district’s school board in March, 2000. On Monday night, he was honored and thanked by his peers. He’ll also be missed for his traditional, “I’ll second,” as he was the board member most likely to second a motion.

11/18/17

By NANCY WHYTE

Discussions continue about the possible merger of Kilbuck and Ohio townships.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, members of the merger committee met at the Kilbuck Township Municipal Building. Local government policy specialist Michael Foreman, from the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services, provided updated information on comments from the October meeting. Additionally, Foreman supplied attendees with sample merger paperwork from the 2013 proposed merger of Beaver County’s Patterson Township and Fallston Borough.

11/18/17

Bellevue officials will begin using existing zoning code provisions to regulate short-term rental properties, better known for the company that cornered the market in the business as Airbnbs.

Residents in the area of Meade Avenue in Bellevue have been complaining for months about a house that is not occupied by the owner, but instead is rented frequently to large groups of people for various events. The house is advertised as accommodating up to 14 people, all of whom can show up for days and take over available street parking, not to mention the noise at late hours.

11/18/17

The debate over how to proceed with Bellevue's business district streetscape project was triggered once again Tuesday evening when the director of the Quaker Valley Council of Governments told Bellevue Council members that decisions must be made in the very near future in order for the borough to complete the next phase on time and protect its eligibility for future funding.

11/11/17

On Oct. 2, an Orchard Avenue resident reported an unlocked car had been entered overnight.

On Oct. 2, a North Sprague Avenue resident reported that loose change had been stolen from a vehicle.

A North Balph resident reported on Oct. 2 that a scooter had been stolen off the front porch.

A Spring Avenue resident reported a firearm missing on Oct. 2.

A Dawson Avenue resident reported that shoes and a belt valued at over $1,000 had been taken from an unlocked home.

On Oct. 5, Bellevue Police received a report that a North Jackson Avenue school had been broken into overnight.

11/11/17

Whether it was a Democratic surge prompted by national politics, bad weather and low voter turn-out, or just more of the anti-incumbent sentiment seen in the primaries, there were some major upsets and eye-opening victories in Tuesday's municipal and school board elections

11/11/17

A Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township business reported a theft on Oct. 18.

On Oct. 21, a patron at a Ben Avon Heights Road business reported criminal mischief to an automobile.

A Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township business reported public drunkenness on Oct. 22.

A resident of Toms Run Road in Ohio Township reported disorderly conduct on Oct. 22.

A resident on Duff Road in Ohio Township reported a theft on Oct. 22.

On Oct. 25, a Brighton Drive in Ohio Township resident reported fraud.

On Oct. 25, a Mt. Nebo Road in Ohio Township business reported public drunkenness.

11/4/17

Bellevue has decisions to be made for council representatives in all three of the borough's wards.

In the First Ward, voters will choose two people for council. The sole incumbent running this year is seeking re-election. Kathy Coder is joined on the Republican ballot by Alexander Scioscia, who is not seeking election, and, according to family, appears on the ballot only because of some mix-up in his attempt to withdraw after the primary. The Democratic ballot features Val Pennington and Jodi Hause.

11/4/17

Employment/education:

DiTullio: University of Pittsburgh, BA Music, BA English Writing. Motorola, Unisys, Apple, University of Pittsburgh.

Kendall: Electrical Engineer (Field Sales Engineer) for a world renowned electrical manufacturer. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering - University of Pittsburgh.

11/4/17

Politics in Ben Avon have gotten a bit lively this year, and the November ballot offers a lot of choices for voters.

There are four seats for four-year terms on the borough council. There are seven candidates from which to choose. On the Democratic ballot, candidates are Jennifer Bett, Henry Casale, Megan Griffin Dolan and David Stoekle. The GOP ballot has incumbents Michael Wrbas and Russell Kuehner, plus Victoria Brind’Amour. Incumbent R.J. White is running a write-in campaign.