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9/20/15

By LOIS THOMSON

Ben Avon Council member Michael Bett brought a resolution before council at Tuesday's meeting that would have the borough urge the Allegheny County Health Department to enforce its air pollution regulations for companies on Neville Island. Several residents were also on hand to express their opinions.

9/20/15

For the third consecutive school year, the parents of members of the Class of 2026 have appealed to the Northgate School Board to alleviate large class sizes by hiring another teacher. Unlike past years, however, school officials seemed disinclined to grant the request.

9/12/15

Two front windows of and Ohio River Boulevard business business were reported shattered, possibly by shots from a BB gun, on Aug. 27.

Jessica Nichole Miller, 26, was charged with disorderly conduct on Ohio River Boulevard on Aug. 30.

Michael R. Dirscoll was charged with driving under the influence on Ohio River Boulevard on Aug. 30.

Christopher R. Bushaw, 39, was charged with public drunkenness on Aug. 30, at the intersection of Sedalia and New Brighton roads.

9/12/15

By NANCY WHYTE

Emsworth Borough is facing an expensive, unanticipated repair job that could cost up to $72,500. The emergency situation was discussed during Wednesday night's council meeting.

A storm sewer line -- which runs from a manhole along Route 65, travels down the steep hill toward the Ohio River and eventually under the Norfolk Southern railroad track -- needs to be replaced.

9/12/15

Bellevue officials unhappy with a council decision to hire the borough’s engineering firm to develop a plan for the town’s parks decided to strike out on their own, resulting in a heated exchange at the pre-council meeting last Tuesday.

9/8/15

Ohio Township Police received a solicitation complaint from a resident on Belle Riviere Court in Ben Avon on Aug. 29.

Ohio Township Police officers responded to a suspicious vehicle report in the parking lot at Mt. Nebo Pointe on Aug. 20. No issues were found.

Officers were dispatched to Park Avenue in Ben Avon on Aug. 30 for a civil dispute.

Officers responded to the Ohio Township Park on Aug. 30 for a possible fireworks complaint. Officers checked the area, and nothing was found.

8/25/15

Northgate School District will partner with the YMCA to continue the district’s community swim program, which allows community residents to use the high school pool during the fall, winter and spring at minimal cost.

School board president Gary Palladin said that in addition to continuing the past community program, YMCA members now also will get to use the pool as part of their membership benefits. Superintendent Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla said that details of the agreement with the YMCA are still being worked out, and could include the school district being paid for those YMCA members.

8/25/15

The Northgate School Board voted unanimously Monday to enter into a new contract for employment with superintendent Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla.

The five-year contract will contain the same terms as Pasquerilla’s current contract, which guarantees a 2 percent annual salary increase, and an additional 2 percent increase if the superintendent meets specific criteria set by the board. He was awarded the full 4 percent increase for the past fiscal year, so will start the new contract with a salary of $136,715.

8/25/15

Since celebrating its first season in 2011, the North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO) Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Memorial Garden, located in Bellevue, has produced more than 10,000 pounds of organically grown fruits and vegetables for distribution in NHCO's three food pantries, which serve nearly 1,700 local families annually.

8/25/15

Since celebrating its first season in 2011, the North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO) Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Memorial Garden, located in Bellevue, has produced more than 10,000 pounds of organically grown fruits and vegetables for distribution in NHCO's three food pantries, which serve nearly 1,700 local families annually.

8/25/15

Avalon residents and anyone else who have been dumping things at the public works site on Semple Avenue are on notice that dumping is now prohibited.

At Tuesday’s borough council meeting, Mayor Dave Haslett asked about new “No dumping” signs that have been erected, noting that many residents had gotten into the habit of taking grass clippings and other yard debris to the area.

8/25/15

Avalon Borough will propose an amendment to the joint zoning code that would specifically allow residents to raise chickens and bees in their back yards.

Borough manager Harry Dilmore and council member Tom Lloyd have been working on the proposed change since a couple asked to set up a chicken coop in the back of their Avalon home, and were told it was prohibited by the joint zoning code that covers Avalon, Bellevue and Ben Avon.

The urban farming efforts are not only permitted, but popular, in the City of Pittsburgh and Sewickley.

8/3/15

Birch Alley in Bellevue wuill become a "no parking" zone.

The borough council voted Tuesday to adopt an ordinance prohibiting parking in the alley, which runs between North Balph and Hawley avenues.

Residents of the area requested the change, reporting that parked vehicles were parking alley access.

8/3/15

Bellevue will not be entering into a contract to outsource its bookkeeping work, at least not right now.

A representative of Bookminders spoke at the pre-council meeting two weeks ago, estimating that it would cost the borough about $25,000 a year to hire the company to take over data entry work being done by the borough's financial clerk. Finance committee chair Kathy Coder said this would free up the clerk for more important work.

At that time, neither the clerk nor director of administrative services Ron Borczyk had reviewed the company's written proposal.

7/27/15

On July 2, Bellevue Police received a report of vandalism from a Teece Avenue resident whose vehicle’s mirror had been damaged.

A television was reported stolen from an apartment on Teece Avenue on July 3.

An assault on Laurel Avenue was reported July 5.

On July 13, police received a report of criminal mischief. A Sheridan Avenue resident reported that a tire had been slashed.

A Division Avenue resident reported debit card fraud on July 13.

On July 13, an iPod was reported to have been stolen from a vehicle parked at the intersection of South Jackson and Lincoln avenues.

7/27/15

By LOIS THOMSON

A group of residents brought a petition to the Ben Avon Council meeting on Tuesday regarding a problem with an abandoned house at 6934 Church Ave., but council memberssaid they were already working on it.

Susan Fink of Prospect Avenue, presented a petition with approximately 40 signatures. Fink said the property is overgrown and dangerous, and clearing it is important for safety, as only about 12 inches of sidewalk is clear to walk.

7/27/15

A young couple who have just moved into Avalon approached the borough council at its regular meeting Tuesday to ask if they can have chickens in their back yard.

Rendon Elsesser and his wife, Whitney Shields, said they would like to keep about six hens in a “run” they would build in the back yard of their Taylor Avenue home. Their intent is to use the eggs the chickens produce. There would not be a rooster, they said.

7/27/15

By NANCY WHYTE

The Emsworth Zoning Hearing Board plans to announce a decision next month on whether to grant the variances needed to build a cell phone tower on property along Camp Horne Road.

Crown Castle wants to build a larger cell tower to replace Emsworth's current cell tower. The proposed tower would be nearly twice as tall, would hold antennas for as many as five carriers, and it would be relocated to a site that would provide increased coverage along the Camp Horne Road corridor.

7/27/15

Ohio Township Police responded to a dispute on Walnut Street in Emsworth on July 15.

On July 15, Ohio Township Police took a fraud report from a resident of Roosevelt Road in Kilbuck Township.

The loss prevention team at a department store at Mt. Nebo Pointe reported several retail thefts on July 18.

Police took a report of criminal mischief from a resident of Church Avenue in Emsworth on July 19.

7/27/15

It’s been only four years since more than $800,000 was spent to replace a sanitary sewer line on West Bellevue Road, but the project already is being undermined by a torrent of stormwater run-off.

With the bulk of that water coming from Bellevue, Avalon officials are concerned that their borough once again will be tapped for big repairs with a big price tag.

7/18/15

Following a traffic stop by Avalon Police on Ohio River Boulevard on July 3, Anton Terrell Brown, 36, was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Avalon Police received a report of a cell phone and charger having been taken from a patron at a bar on July 4.

Jared Dalton Hook, 29, was charged with public drunkenness at an Ohio River Boulevard restaurant on July 5.

On July 6, Avalon Police received a report of a 9 mm gun having been stolen from the floor of a vehicle sometime between July 1 and July 6.

7/18/15

Bellevue Council will consider a suggestion to outsource much of the borough’s accounting work, although some officials question whether Bellevue really will get its money’s worth from the move.

The suggestion comes from council’s finance committee. Committee chair Kathy Coder introduced Tom Joseph of Bookminders at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting.

According to Joseph, the company handles accounting work for about 400 nonprofits and small businesses from offices in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Municipalities, including Munhall Borough, also are among the company’s clients.

7/18/15

A Bellevue contractor will face trial on criminal charges relating to a home remodeling job after his case was held for court following a preliminary hearing in the local district court.

Jay Bombassi of Bellevue was charged with deceptive or fraudulent business practices, theft by deception and home improvement fraud, all at the felony level. Police say that the charges stem from a series of dealings with a Dawson Avenue homeowner who paid Bombassi more than $50,000 for work that was not performed.

7/18/15

Attempts to deal with problems associated with Bellevue’s streetscape have run into a little road bump, as borough officials discovered that they are missing some key documents.