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5/19/04

The project manager responsible for overseeing two Bellevue construction projects explained recent problems that have arisen and apologized to residents for weekend disruptions during a special meeting of Bellevue Council on Thursday, May 13. The bottom line, however, is that the cost of the projects will push closer to the $1 million mark.

5/12/04

Bellevue Council has voted to appeal to the state legislature to legalize pre-lien interest and penalties after it recently was revealed that the borough has been illegally charging such fees for decades on garbage and delinquent sewage accounts.

5/12/04

A new assistant code enforcement officer (CEO) for the Borough of Bellevue was hired at Council’s May 4 meeting after two executive sessions were held to interview candidates for the position.

Hired was James Delcroix of Bellevue, who CEO Mike Lutz said recently returned to his hometown after working in Texas. According to Lutz, Delcroix has an extensive background in lighting and related electrical matters.

The hiring of Delcroix was approved by Council in an 8-1 vote, with Council member Joe Scioscia opposed to the hiring of any additional full-time employees by the borough.

5/12/04

The Avonworth School District has announced the receipt of a $1,000 grant to be used in the District’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

"Our ESL program is steadily growing," commented Superintendent Dr. Valerie McDonald, "and we are honored and grateful to have received this grant."

The grant was awarded to some members of the consortium of districts that use ESL teachers from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU). It will be used to help off-set the costs of baseline data collection in the district’s ESL program.

5/12/04

The union representing Avonworth School District teachers called together community leaders last week to urge the adoption of "behavioral expectations" for students.

Avonworth Middle School teachers brought together school board members and district administrators, along with parents, police and other community leaders, in an effort to stem a growing tide of minor disciplinary problems before they become a flood.

5/12/04

Bellevue Council has announced plans to hire possibly two new full-time employees and a number of temporary summer employees.

5/12/04

Bellevue Council voted last week to approve expenditures for equipment for the Borough’s fire department.

Council approved the purchase of three hose nozzles at a cost not to exceed $2,600, and a Kussmal auto charger for a fire engine at a cost not to exceed $1,600.

5/12/04

A traffic engineer told Ohio Township residents last week that the developer of a commercial venture in nearby Kilbuck Township was attempting to direct traffic away from Ohio Township roads.

An overflow crowd attended the May 3 supervisors meeting to hear how the township planned to address traffic from the proposed Wal-Mart development on the former Dixmont State Hospital property in Kilbuck.

5/12/04

A new ACORD Park agreement could be approved by local officials by July if representatives of the five member communities can agree on a voting structure for major park decisions and what park improvements should be made.

5/12/04

New, electronic parking meters may soon be gracing the streets and parking lots of Bellevue.

Bellevue Council voted unanimously at its regular meeting on May 4 to purchase electronic mechanisms that can be operated with a key in addition to coins. Drivers who regularly park at meters will be able to purchase keys encoded with a specific amount of money, said Director of Administrative Services David Golebiewski.

5/12/04

Bellevue Council has rejected an effort by new member Joe Kovacs to expand the list of expenses for which the borough will pay when Council members attend conferences.

The Council members remaining after nearly five hours at the regular meeting on Tuesday, May 4, voted 4-3 against Kovacs’ motion to reimburse Council members for mileage at 37.5 cents per mile, as well as for tolls paid, when they travel to conferences.

5/12/04

Several members of the Bellevue police merger referendum committee have begun expressing doubts about whether it is possible for a referendum to be successful this November, after committee members heard from residents and the borough’s solicitor over the last two weeks.

5/12/04

An amendment to Bellevue’s parking ordinance was tabled during Council’s regular meeting on May 4 after it was determined the proposed amendment eliminated more parking spaces than desired.

The Safety Committee had proposed the elimination of one parking space on Lincoln Ave. near the Port Authority bus stop at Burnside Ave. in order to give buses room to pull over when stopping for passengers. The amendment presented to Council eliminated all parking spaces between Burnside and the High Bridge.

5/12/04

Bellevue’s Dept. of Public Works (DPW) employees will paint the Memorial Park swimming pool after they receive paint, the purchase of which was approved May 4 by Bellevue Council.

Paint for the annual project is expected to cost $9,000.

5/12/04

The hiring of a number of temporary summer employees was approved by Bellevue Council at its regular meeting on May 4.

Council voted 8-0-1 to hire one head lifeguard, 11 lifeguards, five concession stand workers and a night watchman for the Memorial Park swimming pool. Council member Joe Kovacs abstained because people related to him were among those hired.

5/5/04

Revisions have already trimmed close to $200,000 in expenditures from the Avonworth School District's preliminary 2004-05 budget, and school board members met last week to identify other cuts that might reduce a projected 3 mill property tax increase. 05/04/04.

5/5/04

Bellevue Council planned to consider a revised sewer use ordinance at its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 4, but still had not filled in some of the blanks that caused the proposed law to be tabled months ago.

5/5/04

There were mixed opinions among Bellevue Council members last week as to whether the improvement of youths in Bayne Park has improved in recent weeks.

People frequenting the park, as well as elected officials, complained about foul language, fighting and vandalism occurring, primarily in the area of the basketball courts.

5/5/04

Tenants of an Avalon apartment building forced out when the building was condemned due to electrical problems that injured a maintenance man began moving back into their homes last Friday.

The 38 units in the Riverview Gardens building on Ohio River Blvd. had to be vacated April 23 after building and fire inspectors deemed it too dangerous for tenants. Avalon officials were not sure of the exact cause of the electrical problems that sent a maintenance man to the Burn Unit at Mercy Hospital after being shocked by a high voltage current.

4/12/04

Bellevue Council has approved the second reading of an ordinance that will require the disconnection of rain leaders from the borough’s sanitary sewer system, but plans to revamp the proposed fee structure before the ordinance is considered on its third and final reading next month.

4/12/04

Problems that have arisen in the construction of a road salt storage building and a new facility for the Bellevue Department of Public Works (DPW) are not serious and are the types of problems to be expected in construction, according to the Director of Administrative Services (DAS) David Golebiewski.

Council members at their May 4 regular meeting raised questions and concerns regarding the completed salt storage building which, when filled with salt, started to bow outward on one side. Questions also arose regarding the DPW facility, which was still in the excavation stage.