Ben Avon Council unanimously accepted borough secretary Carmella Hallstein's notice of retirement at Tuesday's meeting.

Council member Julian Wynnyckyj was absent.

The official date of Hallstein's retirement is Dec. 24, but she will be taking vacation the final week, so her last day of work is scheduled for Dec. 17.


Emsworth Borough residents will face higher sewer bills in 2016, in addition to the 11 percent increase that will be levied by ALCOSAN..

At the Nov. 11 meeting, council announced plans to institute a flat quarterly usage fee of $13.78 plus an additional fee of $10.96 for each 1,000 gallons of water usage for each meter in the borough.

According to council member Kevin Yurkovich, even with the proposed change, revenues still won't cover the costs. The proposed 2016 Emsworth budget faces a shortfall of more than $48,000 in the sewage category, Yurkovich said.


The Northgate School Board has officially agreed to limit any potential property tax increase for 2016-17.

Under state law, school districts can agree to raise taxes no more than the state-determined index for each particular school district, or they can seek exceptions from the Pennsylvania Department of Education that would allow tax increases to exceed the index to cover a limited number of specific costs. The PDE exceptions allow districts to avoid obtaining voter approval of higher tax increases through a referendum on the primary election ballot.


Members of the Avonworth School Board are considering two possible calendars for the 2016-17 school year, which were distributed at Monday night's meeting.

In the first proposed calendar, the first day of school for students would be Aug. 23, and graduation and the last day of school for students would be June 2. In the second version, the first day would be Aug. 30, with graduation held and the last school day for students on June 9.


On Nov. 4, Ohio Township Police officers responded to a disturbance at a Hilands Avenue in Ben Avon residence.

A disturbance report was taken from an Ohio River Boulevard business on Nov. 4.

On Nov. 5, a report was taken concerning two males possibly going through a dumpster behind one of the businesses in Mt. Nebo Pointe in Ohio Township. Officers searched the area, and no one was found.

On Nov. 7, a trespassing complaint was taken from a resident living on Camp Horne Road in Emsworth.


Although no one seems quite sure how to make it happen, Bellevue Council members are in agreement that the fee charged for the inspection of apartments and commercial rental properties should increase from $35 to $40 per unit.

The recommendation for the slight fee increase came after council’s finance committee considered several options, including outsourcing the inspections.


The Northgate School District will continue with its program of repairing roofs on schools.

School board buildings and grounds committee chair Brigitte Jackson reported at the Nov. 9 committee of the whole meeting that one of the small roofs at Bellevue Elementary would be replaced by the end of November at a cost of about $3,000.


Firefighters from throughout the North Boroughs and Ross Township quickly extinguished a fire in a Bellevue apartment building Sunday morning.

The fire was reported to have broken out in a couch in a second floor apartment in the building at 60 Sumner Ave. The flames grew to reach the ceiling, causing it to collapse.

All of the residents were evacuated safely, and, as of Sunday night, have been unable to return to the building. The Allegheny County fire marshal was called to investigate.


On Oct. 23, Avalon Police received a report of criminal mischief. Someone had stepped in freshly-poured wet concrete on North Chestnut Avenue.

A McKinley Avenue resident reported on Oct. 23 that a bicycle valued at $200 had been stolen from the front porch.

Avalon Police responded to a disturbance at a Jackman Avenue residence on Oct. 25.

Following a traffic stop on Orchard Avenue on Oct. 27, Zachary Bryan Vasbinder, 23, was cited for disorderly conduct.


On Oct. 28, a Lincoln Avenue resident reported that a prescription medication had been stolen from a vehicle.

Bellevue Police officers were dispatched to a Lincoln Avenue business on Oct. 29 concerning a retail theft suspect in custody.

On Oct 29, Bellevue Police received a report that appliances had been stolen from outside a Grant Avenue residence.

On Oct. 31, Bellevue Police took an assault report on Lincoln Avenue. A warrant was issued.


In the North Boroughs’ only contested municipal election, Bellevue voters chose a couple new faces for their borough council, but also opted to hold onto a long-time incumbent.

With Mark Helbling in the third ward and Frank Camello in the second ward deciding not to run for re-election, council was guaranteed some fresh blood. Republican Tom Hrynda was unopposed for the second ward seat. In the third ward, Republicans Tom Fodi and Grant Saylor faced off against Democratic incumbent Jim Scisciani, and secured the two open seats.


On Oct. 29, Ohio Township Police responded to a dispute at a residence on Terrace Avenue in Ben Avon.

Ohio Township Police officers responded to a disturbance at a residence on Avonworth Heights Drive in Ohio Township.

On Oct. 30, two individuals who were attempting to sell stereo equipment out of their vehicle at a retail store on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township, were cited by Ohio Township Police officers for soliciting without a permit.


On Oct. 10, Avalon Police took a report of an internet fraud scam involving Craig’s List from a resident on Norwood Avenue.

Avalon Police responded to a motor vehicle accident without injuries on Oct. 10. A driver lost control, and the vehicle flipped onto the driver’s side on North Birmingham Avenue, police say.

On Oct. 14, Avalon Police took a report of criminal mischief at a gas station on Ohio River Boulevard.

Avalon Police responded to Elizabeth Avenue on Oct. 17 concerning an unconscious male lying in a yard. He was transported to Allegheny General Hospital.


Officers of the Bellevue Avalon Baseball Association (BABA) responded Tuesday to a suggestion that the playing fields in Avalon be shared with a new, private youth baseball organization next year.

BABA vice president Scott Stiteler said that the organization has been in existence for more than 55 years, and last year provided athletic opportunities for 120 children from Avalon and Bellevue. Volunteers from BABA have donated countless hours and thousands of dollars to maintain and improve the ball fields located along New Brighton Road.


Avalon officials will take another look at the area around the recently-constructed retaining wall on North Birmingham Avenue to determine if it would be safe to park cars on top of the wall.



The mystery as to the cause of storm water backing up with enough force to lift the 200 pound lid off a manhole has been solved, and the emergency repairs have been completed at a high cost to Emsworth Borough.


Avalon Borough and its police union have reached agreement on a new contract for 2016 and 2017.

The contract gives officers a 2.5 percent annual pay increase and an additional holiday, while increasing their health insurance contribution to an even 10 percent of the premium, capped at $150 per month. The officers currently are paying 7 percent plus 30 percent of any premium increase.


Ben Avon Mayor Robert Jones recognized two members of the Ohio Township Police Department at Tuesday's council meeting with letters of commendation.

Police officer Ryan Ging and Detective Joseph Hanny were cited for their "dogged determination, astounding skill, and true police professionalism" while investigating a burglary in Ben Avon.

The letter further stated that these officers "are a benchmark that other police officers can only strive to emulate."


On Oct. 14, Ohio Township Police took a report that a person was attempting to sell stereo equipment out of a vehicle in the parking lot of a business on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township.

Ohio Township Police took a threat report from a resident on Sonie Drive in Ohio Township on Oct. 16.

A report of disorderly conduct was taken from a resident living in Bear Run Apartments in Ohio Township on Oct. 17.

A disturbance report was taken from a Virginia Avenue in Ben Avon resident on Oct. 18.


Girl Scout Troop 54259 would like to take on the project of renovating the “tot lot” located at Orchard and South Birmingham avenues in Avalon.

Scouts told officials at Tuesday’s council meeting that they are researching safety and handicapped-accessibility regulations, as well as fund-raising opportunities to upgrade the playground. They plan to meet with the borough engineer to formulate a plan for improvements, and welcome any volunteers from the community who may want to help.


Work to install a new Columbia Gas pipeline along Semple Avenue in Avalon should be done by mid-November, and will include replacement of street bricks, sidewalks and curbs.

Semple resident Michael Kurela questioned plans for Semple, given that many bricks have been removed from the street and the new sidewalks are not the same as the old ones.


Bellevue Borough Department of Public Works will hold its annual loose-leaf pick-up season Monday, Oct. 19, until Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Loose-leaf collection will take place only on streets that have posted street sweeping days and times. Residents are reminded to place all loose leaves on the street at the curb line prior to 7 a.m. Note that leaf piles that are covered by illegally parked cars cannot be picked up.

Residents who live on streets that do not have posted sweeping days and times are to place the leaves for Friday front-street pick-ups.


On Oct. 1, Bellevue Police received a report of a wallet having been stolen from a vehicle while parked at a fast food restaurant on Ohio River Boulevard.

Bellevue Police received a report of vandalism on Oct. 10. A vehicle parked on North Balph Avenue had been keyed overnight.

Andrew J. Gorsuch, 28, was charged with simple assault on Laurel Avenue on Oct. 1.

John R. Ziler, 54, was charged with public drunkenness on Lincoln Avenue on Oct. 6.

Nicole Alexis Grake, 40, was charged with recklessly endangering another person on Ohio River Boulevard on Oct. 8.


Ben Avon will hold its annual Halloween parade on Saturday, Oct. 24, beginning at noon, at the corner of Church and Dickson avenues. The parade will end at the Ben Avon Volunteer Fire Station with hot dogs and beverages being served.

Each participant will receive a treat bag.

In case of rain, proceed directly to the fire station located at 7219 Church Ave.

Trick or Treat in Ben Avon will take place Saturday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.