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6/12/09

Emsworth Borough Council has cleared the way for another bar to open up shop in Emsworth.

Council unanimously authorized, at its regular meeting on June 11, the transfer of a liquor license to Gennaro's Cafe, Inc. at 8070 Ohio River Blvd. The license will be coming from an bar in McKeesport, according to borough solicitor Mike Marmo.

A public hearing was held prior to the council meeting for residents to voice their concerns over the transfer. There were no comments from the public.

6/5/09

Taxpayers in the Avonworth School District may be looking at a lower millage increase than previously projected, with stimulus and reserve funds making up the difference.

6/5/09

Now that everyone knows the name of the position, Bellevue Borough will advertise for a new borough office clerk/secretary.

Approval of an expenditure of no more than $500 for advertising was delayed at the June 2 council meeting when the motion initially did not include the job title as listed in the borough's personnel code. Council member Linda Woshner said that she had requested at the finance committee meeting that the code be checked for the proper title, but that had not been done.

6/5/09

The Avonworth School District may be going into the concession stand business, much to the dismay of booster groups who want the fund-raising opportunity.

The concession stand at varsity football games has long been the domain of the football boosters, with other booster groups relegated to peripheral positions and sales items. According to Avonworth School Board president David Oberdick, however, the football boosters are giving up the concession due to a lack of volunteers.

6/5/09

Bellevue Council accepted a bid for a borough vehicle at council's regular meeting on June 2.

Council accepted the bid of $1,850 from Howard Johnston for a 1986 Chevy 1-ton dump truck.

6/5/09

A contribution of $2,500 to the North Boroughs Independence Day fireworks celebration was approved by Bellevue Council at its June 2 meeting.

6/5/09

Bellevue should begin getting about another $15,000 annually for projects and maintenance at Bayne Park and Library.

6/5/09

The Avonworth School Board is expected to vote next week to display a new book for students in grades 11 and 12.

6/5/09

A time crunch will leave Bellevue among the uncounted when the Allegheny County Health Department considers the adoption of new air quality guidelines on July 1.

6/5/09

Two new police officers have been hired by Bellevue Borough, with a third expected to join them later this summer.

6/5/09

Phase III of Bellevue's mandatory sewer repair project will begin soon, as the borough council unanimously accepted a bid for the work at its June 2 meeting.

Bellevue Council accepted a bid from Fleming-Walker Inc. in the amount of $249,202, which will be paid from the borough's sewer surcharge fund.

6/5/09

An Ohio Township subdivision plan received final approval from the township’s board of supervisors at their June 1 meeting.

The supervisors approved the subdivision plan for the Five Mile Development Plan, Creekside Lane, which is located along Camp Horne Road at the I-279 North off-ramp.

Township manager John L. Sullivan Jr. said that the township has not heard of any specific plans for the site.

6/5/09

Bellevue's Summer Solstice Spectacular received several last minute approvals from Bellevue Council at its June 2 meeting, but one item was left undone when memories failed.

Council unanimously approved closing a portion of North Sprague Avenue, from Lincoln Avenue to the parking lot entrance, on Saturday evening, June 20, for a street dance.

The entire Hawley Avenue municipal lot will be closed from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. that day for a craft market.

6/5/09

Motorists can expect delays due to traffic restrictions on a couple different state highways.

I-279 (the Parkway North) will be reduced to a single lane southbound this weekend, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and continuing thgrough 4 p.m. on Sun-day.

The state will be patching concrete between the Bellevue/West View and I-79 interchanges. No northbound lane restrictions are planned for this weekend.

6/5/09

The Avonworth School District now has final approval from Ohio Township to place two modular classrooms at the elementary school.

The trailers will provide additional classrooms beginning next fall.

Placement of the trailers was approved unanimously by the Ohio Township Supervisors at their meeting on June 1.

5/29/09

Bellevue police and fire officials were unable to confirm Thursday that the fatal May 15 fire at the Bellevue Mansions apartment building was an arson.

The fire, which resulted in the death of a 22-year-old male and the evacuation of more than 100 residents, has been under investigation by the Allegheny County fire marshal’s office.

5/29/09

A Pittsburgh man was stabbed during an argument at the Avalon Motel on Wednesday, but accounts differ as to who wielded the knife.

The victim, suffering from a stab wound to the left side of his chest, called police from a pay phone outside the Ohio River Boulevard motel. Police say he identified his assailant as his girlfriend, still inside a motel room.

Police say that the girlfriend pointed to her ex-boyfriend as the responsible person, reporting that the two men began fighting and she hid in the bathroom.

5/29/09

A Bellevue woman was taken to the hospital with minor burns after a kitchen fire at her Lincoln Avenue apartment on May 25.

Viviani Motors on Ohio River Boulevard reported May 23 that a vehicle had been stolen from the lot.

A Dawson Avenue resident reported May 24 that someone had broken out a window of his apartment.

Kalungi Howze, 35, of Orchard Avenue, was arrested for driving under the influence following an accident in the parking lot of the McDonald’s restauarnt on Ohio River Boulevard.

5/29/09

Bellevue officials disagree on whether there is sufficient funding to perform an engineering study necessary to rehabilitate the parking lot adjacent to the borough building.

5/29/09

The North Boroughs annual Independence Day celebration and fireworks will go on this year, thanks to the Avalon Volunteer Fire Co.

The celebration was endangered when the North Suburban Chamber of Commerce withdrew its sponsorship earlier this year. With liability concerns necessitating sponsorship by an organization and insufficient time to form such a group, organizers were concerned that the event would have to be canceled.

5/29/09

A decision to hire three police officers this year could cost Bellevue Borough a federal grant that could have paid for two full-time officers.

Bellevue joined nearly 7,300 communities across the nation in applying for a Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) grant through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) COPS Hiring Recovery Fund. Part of the federal economic stimulus plan, the grant program will fully pay for as many as two police officers in a particular community for as long as three years.

5/29/09

The cost of applying for a zoning variance in Bellevue could increase soon.

Council finance committee chairman Mark Helbling reported at the May 27 pre-council meeting that the committee recommended increasing the zoning hearing fee from $200 to $350 to better cover the costs of conducting a hearing.

The fee still will not cover all the costs, but Helbling and finance committee member Linda Woshner said that the committee felt that some costs should be “built into government” so as not to create a hardship for businesses and individuals.