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4/21/18

After reviewing proposals from several companies, Avalon Council voted Tuesday to renew the borough's contract for property inspection with Building Inspection Underwriters.

BIU will provide zoning, building code and rental property inspections, property maintenance and code review and enforcement services. Borough manager Lorraine Makatura said the fees will remain the same, and that they were the lowest fees offered by any of the companies who applied for the contract.

4/21/18

Emsworth’s Center Avenue will soon be a bit brighter.

At the April 11 council meeting, a motion was approved unanimously to purchase 10 new LED lights at a cost of $1,217 each. The new lights come with a 10-year warranty, and 65 percent of the light will shine on the street and 35 percent on the sidewalk.

Council member Paul Getz and the Emsworth DPW will install the new lights.

4/21/18

At the direction of Bellevue Council's finance committee, the borough's solicitor is looking into obtaining abandoned property on South Fremont Avenue and possibly turning it into a parking lot.

The lot at 12 S. Fremont Ave. is now vacant after the house was condemned in late 2016 and subsequently demolished. Solicitor Matt Racunas said that the easiest way for the borough to take over the property would be through the delinquent tax collection process. An adjacent property owner could work through Allegheny County's vacant property program to purchase the property.

4/21/18

Ohio Township Police Detective Joe Hanny reminded Ben Avon Council on Tuesday that the Shenango Plant on Neville Island is tentatively set for demolition work to take place April 24. Two of the smokestacks are scheduled to be imploded, although Hanny said the work has twice been scheduled before, but been delayed. "It is going to happen (sometime)," he said, and he wants people to be aware that, depending on the wind, there is potential for blowing dust from the implosion.

4/21/18

At the March meeting, Ben Avon Council president Jennifer Bett told council she would like to implement working sessions before the regular monthly meetings, where council could meet ahead of time and discuss possible agenda items. On Tuesday, she confirmed her decision, saying the sessions will be held the first Tuesday of the month, beginning May 1, at 7 p.m.

In addition, council voted unanimously to change the May regular council meeting from the third Tuesday, May 15, to Monday, May 14. Earl Bohn and Ken Opipery were absent.

4/13/18

An Avalon man is alive today thanks to the efforts of neighbors and police officers who helped him escape from a burning building in which two others died early Tuesday morning.

4/13/18

Although still in its most preliminary stages, a study estimating the cost of future capital improvements in the Northgate School District was presented to the school board Monday night. In short, the study projected financial news for taxpayers that goes from bad to worse.

Superintendent Dr. Caroline Johns said that the district began the first phase of an in-depth facilities study in 2016 with the hiring of architectural/engineering firm HHSDR. Last August, the firm presented the results of its study of the district's three schools and their capital improvement needs.

3/31/18

On March 12, a resident reported fraud concerning someone trying to buy a vehicle through Craigslist and Ebay.

On March 13, an Avalon resident reported that money was stolen from his wallet by his caretaker.

Avalon Police responded to a hit-and-run accident on Ohio River Boulevard on March 14. Police say there were no injuries.

Robert A. Janchenko, 40, of Avalon, was arrested on March 15 for possession of a controlled substance, suspected to be heroin.

Trevon Darnell Adams, 22, of Duquesne, was arrested on March 15 for driving under the influence of marijuana.

3/31/18

By NANCY WHYTE

Avonworth School District presented a wealth of information during “Safety Information Night,” on Monday, March 19.

The event was held at the Primary Center on Roosevelt Road. More than 60 people attended and heard from the many presenters who included district administrators and representatives of the Ohio Township Police Department and Ohio Township Volunteer Fire Company.

3/31/18

Ben Avon is planning an ambitious street-paving schedule in the coming months, but how much actually gets done depends both on the bids for the work and on the utility companies. Ken Opipery told council at its meeting Tuesday that the borough will be advertising for the work, with bids to be opened April 11.

3/31/18

The Northgate School Board has opted to roll the dice on whether the district will have its own preschool class next year, with the outcome to be determined by the availability of grant funds.

3/31/18

Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski approached the Northgate School Board last week, asking that district officials consider sharing the cost of a police dog that would become a full-time part of the Avalon Police Department.

Kokoski said that he has $10,000 in funds available, but needs another $15,000 to cover the cost of the K-9 and training. Avalon applied for a grant to fund the program, but its application was denied, Kokoski said.

3/31/18

AmySue Lillie will be returning the money she receives as mayor of Emsworth Borough.

At the March 14 council meeting, Lillie announced she has established the “Dare to Dream”scholarship, which will award $500 as a one-time disbursement to an Emsworth graduating senior. The money must be used for furthering skills and talents at a trade school, a technical school, a professional school or an institution of higher learning. The scholarship will be offered twice a year.

3/31/18

The way that real estate taxes are collected in Avalon will change this year, with Jordan Tax Service taking on much of the work.

The newly elected tax collector, Dennis Narcisi, resigned. At Tuesday’s council meeting, Avalon resident Lynn Sierra was appointed to fill the vacancy in the elected office.

3/31/18

Members of Bellevue Council are calling for a values-based ethics code and a social media policy in the wake of yet another incident that is beginning to look like the small town version of “Trump's Tweets.”

3/17/18

One month to the day after 17 students were gunned down at a Parkland, FL high school, thousands of students across the nation walked out of their classrooms Wednesday morning in solidarity with the national youth-driven effort to stop gun violence by telling their elected officials to implement effective gun control laws before another child is killed.

3/17/18

Bellevue will try once again to appoint someone to the position of auditor in the borough.

Although all municipalities hire professional auditors, state law and Bellevue’s home rule charter still require that there be elected auditors. Specifically, Bellevue’s charter requires that there be three elected auditors.

3/17/18

The Avonworth School Board updated the 2017-18 school calendar to show the modified snow make-up day schedule.

School will now be in session Monday, April 2 and Friday, April 27.

3/17/18

Volunteers are gearing up for a second year of weekly farmers markets in Bayne Park this summer and fall, and Bellevue Council is expected to give its approval later this month.

3/17/18

The Northgate School Board is amending the district’s food service policy to make sure that children are not subjected to “lunch shaming” because their parents have not kept up with payments to their school lunch accounts.

The issue has received national attention because some schools choose to deny students lunches, or provide them with a clearly identifiable alternate meal, when their lunch accounts are in arrears.

3/17/18

The Northgate School Board will consider a change to the district’s pre-kindergarten program.

According to superintendent Dr. Caroline Johns, there are currently three preschool classrooms at Bellevue Elementary. Two of them are operated by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU), which rents the classroom space from the district. The third class has been funded by a Pre-K Counts grant, which covers the lion’s share of the $197,000 cost. Northgate contributes $36,000 to that class.

3/10/18

Bellevue Police are continuing to investigate a shooting incident that occurred Thursday afternoon, Feb. 22, that had officers from multiple law enforcement agencies chasing down an active shooting situation that traveled along Bellevue’s southernmost streets.

Amidst the confusion, police were able to apprehend two men believed responsible for firing shots that struck vehicles and homes. They also took into custody a 16-year old juvenile who has yet to be charged.No people were shot, police say, although one police officer was assaulted by a suspect.

3/10/18

A young woman who lost control of her vehicle on Camp Horne Road Feb. 16 was helped to safety by a passerby.

According to Ohio Township Police Chief Beaver Micklos, the driver, an employee at Animal Friends, had just pulled out of the facility’s driveway when she lost control of the steering, then panicked and was unable to stop the car from going over an adjacent embankment and into the rapidly moving creek waters.

3/10/18

Kilbuck Township officials and property owners in the area of Old Camp Horne Road are continuing to monitor a landslide that has already damaged several homes and remains a threat to other homes and nearby businesses.