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7/20/09

Beattie project expanded

The A.W. Beattie Career Center board has decided how to spend the last of the excess bond funds.

Approximately $3 million in bond funds were left over when bids for the renovation project came in under what was projected. The board already had decided how to spend $2 million of that money, with about $1 million going towards paying down the debt created by the bond, and another $1 million going towards more energy efficient repairs.

7/10/09

Bellevue is among some 10 communities competing to become the next chosen for a business district revitalization program.

Representatives of the Allegheny County economic development department, the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation and Town Center Associates told Bellevue officials at Tuesday's borough council meeting that they work through the Allegheny Together program to provide resources to municipalities hoping to revitalize main street business districts.

7/10/09

The July 7 Bellevue Council meeting dissolved into confusion as officials found themselves ill-equipped to deal with a number of resolutions.

7/10/09

Emsworth and Ben Avon officials and firefighters will attempt their own fire department consolidation rather than wait for departments in other municipalities to get on board as recommended in a recent state study.

7/10/09

Settlement reached Emsworth officials have approved a settlement for payment of back taxes by the owner of a Grant Avenue property.

Council members went into executive session at their July 8 meeting to consult with solicitor Michael Marmo about the matter, which involved a bankruptcy and court action.

The borough will receive $6,400 as part of the settlement, Marmo said.

Liquor license Emsworth Council gave final approval July 8 to the transfer of an additional liquor license into the borough.

7/10/09

A recent Avonworth High School graduate was critically injured in a single-vehicle accident in Ben Avon during the early morning hours of July 5.

7/3/09

BELLEVUE

A storefront window at Bellevue Vision on Lincoln Avenue was reported broken on June 23.

A vehicle on Orchard Avenue was reported stolen June 17. It was recovered later by officers on South Fremont Avenue.

A West View resident reported his vehicle windshield had been broken by an object that was thrown at it on June 17. The incident happened in the area of Union and Hillcrest avenues.

A manager at the Sunoco station on Ohio River Boulevard reported credit card fraud on June 16. The suspect was caught on videotape, police say, and the incident is being investigated.

6/26/09

Police responded to two accidents on Union Avenue attributed to manholes exposed during road construction. Both occurred on June 20. In the first, the vehicle was towed after the car’s oil pan was damaged. In the second, the driver told police that hitting the manhole caused the vehicle to come to a stop and the air bags deployed.

6/26/09

Bellevue Council wants to negotiate with the Northgate School District over sharing the cost of the Glaser Avenue rehabilitation, but council members disagree on what portion Bellevue should contribute.

6/26/09

Two bicycles were reported stolen from the front porch of a home on North Balph Avenue on June 10.

A resident of Brighton Road reported June 9 that his apartment had been burglarized.

6/26/09

Bellevue has been notified by Ross Township that it must clean up a lot adjacent to Memorial Park.

6/26/09

The annual North Boroughs Independence Day fireworks celebration will have to be delayed this year due to severe damage to Avalon’s park caused by recent rains.

This year’s event was planned for Friday, July 3, at Avalon’s park on New Brighton Road. Last week’s heavy rains, however, caused flooding from the creek that borders the ballfields. A retaining wall and fence were undermined almost the entire length of the fields, and the fields themselves were covered with flood waters, mud and debris.

6/26/09

After advertising hearings for public comments on proposed amendments to the personnel code and the civil service rules and regulations, some Bellevue Council members showed up on June 24 only to find that no such hearing had actually been authorized.

6/26/09

The Kilbuck Township Volunteer Fire Company will officially disband as of Sept. 1.

Even as representatives of other North Boroughs fire companies meet to discuss possible implementation of a state plan to merge fire protection services in the area, the manpower-depleted Kilbuck organization has been working to sell the fire hall, sell off property, and settle debts.

Those plans took a different turn this week.

6/26/09

A new law designed to protect Pennsylvania residents from home improvement fraud will go into effect July 1, bringing with it significant changes in how contractors do business, and sizeable penalties for noncompliance.

Anyone who makes at least $5,000 a year performing repairs or renovations to residential properties in the state will fall under the mandates of the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act. Landscapers are exempt if they only cut grass or plant trees, but must meet the act’s requirements if they do any hardscape work, such as retaining walls, fences, fountains and walkways.

6/26/09

Shared passes? Shared services at the Bellevue and Avalon swimming pools might someday go a step further.

This year, for the first time, the two boroughs are sharing a pool manager and lifeguards, coordinating programs and moving personnel between the pools as necessary.

Bellevue parks committee chairman Steve Mosolansky, speaking at the pre-council meeting held July 24, suggested allowing pass holders at both pools to visit the other pool at no additional charge.

6/26/09

Police investigated, on June 22, two reports of graffiti at businesses on Camp Horne Road. A planter in front of the Emsworth Borough Hall also was vandalized with graffiti, police say.

Michael Rose, 36, of Aliquippa, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth on June 19.

Bradley Becker, 23, of Ben Avon, was picked up in that borough on June 20 pursuant to an Allegheny County bench warrant.

Robert Allen, 35, of McDonald, was charged with driving under the influence on Ohio River Boulevard in Kilbuck Township on June 22.

6/26/09

Ross Township Police and Ross West View EMS personnel speak with an employee of the Brighton Road Giant Eagle who was reportedly bitten by a female robbery suspect during a hold up about 9 p.m. Wednesday.

6/19/09

Even as local emergency responders and municipal officials waited to see what weather was in store for the area over the weekend, crews began the clean-up Thursday morning of the debris left behind by heavy thunderstorms Thursday night.

6/19/09

An employee of an Ohio River Boulevard business was charged with indecent assault after he reportedly made unwelcome advances to a female co-worker.

Police say that Eric Smith, 24, of the North Side, is accused of inappropriately touching the woman while both were at work.

6/19/09

Police and firefighters spent several hours Sun-day night searching for the body of a woman who jumped from the Jacks Run Bridge on Route 65. Allegheny County homicide detectives and the medical examiner’s office were called to the scene once the woman was located in the heavily-wooded area.

One person was taken into custody after an occupant of a vehicle reportedly flashed a gun at the Dairy Queen on Ohio River Boulevard on June 5. Police quickly stopped the vehicle and discovered that one of the occupants was wanted on warrant by the county sheriff’s office.

6/19/09

Local officials are cautiously optimistic about the new countywide tax collection system that will move into development this fall.

The state law known as Act 32 will reduce 560 taxing authorities (representing 2,900 municipalities and school districts) to a mere 69 by mandating that earned income taxes be collected on a countywide basis except in Allegheny County and Philadelphia. Because of their size, each of the latter will feature multiple districts; Allegheny County will have four, representing the north, south, east and central areas.

6/19/09

Assessments opposed The Northgate School Board has voted to oppose new graduation competency assessments proposed by the state.

The board passed a resolution at its regular meeting on June 15, opposing the high school graduation competency assessments and Keystone exams proposed by Pennsylvania Governer Ed Rendell and the Department of Education.

According to Northgate superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield, the assessments would create a new way to evaluate whether a student is ready to graduate.

6/19/09

Even with stimulus funds, the Northgate School District might have to take a big dip into reserve funds to cover expenditures included in the 2009-10 budget.

The $19.4 million spending plan received unanimous approval from the district's school board at a meeting on Monday, June 15. The property tax millage rate will remain at the current year’s level of 24.5 mills.