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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.



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.


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.


A resignation last spring by a member of the Northgate School Board created a situation fairly unique in the North Boroughs. Because the vacancy occurred too late for candidates to run in the primary election in May, the Allegheny County elections department turned to the two major political parties to nominate someone for the general election ballot.


Avalon voters will elect a new mayor on Nov. 7, choosing between Republican Brigitte Jackson, who has held the office since last spring's resignation of the former mayor, and Democrat and Avalon Council member Tom Lloyd.

The Citizen asked the candidates the following questions, and their unedited responses are included below. Employment/Education


It's been a while since there has been much competition for the mayor's seat in Ben Avon. Voters this year will choose between incumbent Republican Robert Jones, and Democratic challenger Melanie Hughes-Holcomb.

The Citizen provided the candidates with the following questions. The candidates' responses are complete and unedited. Employment/education

Jones: Employment, -- United States Air Force, FBI, R.B. Jones Corporation, Education, -- Shaler High School, Air Force Institute, Robert Morris


Yet another mayoral race is to be decided Nov. 7, this one in Emsworth. Amy Sue Lillie won the Democratic nomination in the primary, where Republican Joseph Michael was unopposed. Michael also is running for a seat on Emsworth Council.

The Citizen asked about the following issues. The responses have been edited only in so far as they have been cut and pasted to relate to the questions asked.



On Nov. 7, Bellevue voters will elect a new mayor, choosing between Democrat Emily Marburger and Republican Tom Fodi. Both ran as Democrats in the spring primary, with Marburger winning the Democratic nomination and Fodi picking up enough votes to take the GOP nomination.


Avalon’s new borough engineer gave an update on current infrastructure projects, and also assured officials at Tuesday’s regular council meeting that cost estimates for future projects are the minimum to pay for the work needed.

Engineer Kevin Brett told council that a problem regarding ther paving of Cherry Alley and the slope of the roadway had been resolved with the contractor, and the work should be completed soon. Snags in the repair of a sewer line near the swimming pool also have been cleared and the area should be paved soon.


According to Bellevue Police reports, a juvenile was jumped by two other juveniles on North Sprague Avenue on Sept. 3.

On Sept. 5, an Orchard Avenue resident reported a theft from a vehicle had occurred earlier in the week.

A school on North Jackson Avenue was burglarized overnight, Sept 6-7.

A resident of Orchard Avenue reported an assault on Sept. 7.

On Sept. 8, a Forest Avenue resident reported a theft from her porch.

On Sept. 8, a Highland Avenue resident reported vandalism; the garage had been damaged.


State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl is inviting local residents to participate in a community presentation on the opioid crisis, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m. at the Northgate Middle/Senior High School, 591 Union Ave., in Bellevue. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

“Addiction can happen to anyone, and combatting the opioid crisis will require everyone’s involvement,” Ravenstahl said. “Please join us to learn about the epidemic and what can be done to ease the toll it is taking.”


Police Chief Beaver Micklos asked Ben Avon Council to consider installing cameras in various locations in the borough. He said they are quite sophisticated, and do not involve a lot of cost once they are up. He mentioned in particular an LPR – license plate reader – that focuses on reading license plates.


Emsworth Volunteer Fire Company has a supply of 9 volt batteries that can be used in most smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, that will be given free of charge to any Emsworth resident who either owns or rents property in the borough.

Residents can stop by the fire station bay doors at 171 Center Ave., on Halloween, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. to receive their batteries, while supplies last.

Batteries in smoke detectors should be changed at each Standard and Daylight Savings time change of the year.


At the Oct. 11 meeting, Emsworth Council approved several motions concerning operation and maintenance projects toward meeting MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) requirements.

Motions passed to spend an amount not to exceed $10,000 on preventive maintenance; to spend an amount not to exceed $16,000 on spot liners; and to spend an amount not to exceed $10,000 on spot lining repair work. Each motion passed unanimously.


A Bryson Avenue resident reported a civil dispute on Oct. 11.

A resident of West Division Street in Ben Avon reported harassment on Oct. 11.

On Oct. 11, a Park Avenue in Ben Avon resident reported public drunkenness.

On Oct. 12, a Cliffside Drive in Emsworth resident reported a suspicious person.

A Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township business reported an attempted retail theft on Oct. 16.

On Oct. 17, a Bear Run apartments resident reported a theft.

A Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township business reported an attempted retail theft on Oct. 17.


Ben Avon Council voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to adopt an ordinance that will allow volunteer firefighters and other emergency service providers to receive tax credits for their local earned income tax.

The service providers would reach out to their community of residence to apply for the credit. Ken Opipery was absent.


In response to questions and concerns about Bellevue’s Lincoln Avenue streetscape project, the borough council met with the project landscape architect at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting.


Bellevue Police think they may have solved a series of vehicle break-ins reported over the last two weeks with the arrest Oct. 9 of a 22-year-old homeless man.

Police have charged Jacob Seth Hines with two counts of theft from a motor vehicle, three counts of receiving stolen property, and one count of criminal attempt.


Leaf collection in Ben Avon Borough will begin in late Oct. Residents are asked to not put leaves on the curb before then.

In late October, residents should rake leaves to the curb. No twigs, branches, mulched material, grass or other debris will be collected.

A final pass will be made on each street during the last week of November. Collection of leaves on Ohio River Boulevard will occur the first week of December.