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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.

7/18/15

At the Emsworth Council meeting on July 8, fire chief Bill Fisher presented information concerning replacing the company's 1998 American LaFrance pumper truck.

7/18/15

On July 9, a business on Ben Avon Heights Road reported a retail theft in which more than $2,500 worth of merchandise was taken. The case continues under investigation, and Ohio Township Police say suspects are being identified.

Ohio Township officers took a report about a careless driver. The complainant stated they were cut off by the other vehicle and forced into a guardrail. License plate information was obtained, and the other driver is being notified.

7/18/15

Bellevue Council is expected to consider the final reading of an ordinance that would ban smoking in Bayne Park, but park-goers may not see much else in the way of change to the park rules.

Parks and recreation committee chair Lynn Tennant Heffley reported at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting that the committee had reviewed the park rules and had decided that no major changes should be made, as some “tweaking” of the current rules would suffice.

7/18/15

The Avonworth school board approved three change orders concerning buildings and grounds.

Concerning the field house roof project, a change order in the amount of $3,190 was approved for fascia and having the overhang rewrapped. Additionally, a pavilion will be built at Lenzner Field, at a cost of $17,460.

Inside the elementary building, a change order to the air conditioning project, in the amount of $6,979, was approved to install ceiling-mount receptacles in the classrooms to feed the overhead projectors.

7/13/15

By NANCY WHYTE

The only cell tower in Emsworth may be relocated and enlarged, if the variance requests of a tower company are granted by the Emsworth Zoning Board. The board will hold a meeting next week to hear more comments from the public.

A zoning hearing was held Thursday, June 11, at the Emsworth Borough Building, during which Crown Castle, a company that owns more than 50,000 towers across the United States, sought relief from permitted use and property setbacks in accordance with Emsworth Zoning Ordinance No. 925.

7/13/15

On July 1, Ohio Township Police received a report of identity theft/fraud, from a Linda Vista Road resident.

On July 6, police received a report of identity theft/fraud from a resident living on Robin Court in Ohio Township.

On July 7, officers responded to a residence on Banbury Lane in Ben Avon Heights for a large wood chipper that rolled over a hillside. No injuries were reported.

7/13/15

...And rains, and rains, the storms start taking their toll, as they did Tuesday evening on Sumner Avenue in Bellevue. The massive tree that came down took out the roof of a garage before pulling down wires and blocking the sidewalk and about half the street. Bellevue’s DPW crew responded that night, and removed the portion of the branches that blocked the roadway.

Photo by Connie Rankin for The Citizen

7/6/15

Several decisions regarding Northgate's athletic program were made at the school board's last meeting.

High School principal Bryan Kyle was renamed athletic director for the coming year.

Dr. Patrick DeMeo of Allegheny Sports Medicine will continue to perform physicals for athletes, and be present at home football games.

Student athletes will continue to contribute $10 towards the cost of their physicals.

Tiffany Bergman was hired as the first assistant basketball coach.

7/6/15

Several people were hired to assist Northgate band direct Jessica Haberman with the marching band over the summer.

Hired by the school board were Alyssa Myers, assistant director; Maura Rushlander, woodwinds director; Rob Kaup, brass instructor; and a yet-to-be-named percussion instructor.

7/6/15

A challenging subject has become even more confusing as Bellevue Council agreed last week to reduce the number of years of service for non-uniformed employees to receive pension benefits -- something council may already have done three years ago.