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5/22/15

The voting machines had barely cooled down after Tuesday’s primary election when Bellevue residents saw the borough’s first liquor license application notice appear on a storefront window.

A referendum to allow businesses to open bars and restaurants serving alcoholic beverages was approved by voters, 897-526.

5/22/15

Bellevue Council voted last week to approve a contract with Meter Feeder to implement a smart phone app that motorists will be able to use to pay for parking at meters in the borough.

Signs and stickers will be [posted at meters when the app is available for use.

5/22/15

Bellevue Mayor Paul Cusick last week presented a list of recommendations for paid parking in the borough.

Cusick asked council to amend the borough’s parking ordinance to make several changes, including changing the time limits on some meters, and the elimination of free Saturday parking on Lincoln Avenue. The mayor said that parking in the borough’s lots could remain free on Saturdays, but charging for meters on Lincoln would help keep spaces available to shoppers.

5/22/15

Avalon Council took steps Wednesday to fill an administrative gap left by the recent side-lining of borough manager Harry Dilmore.

Dilmore is expected to be off work for several weeks after sustaining an injury.

Council voted unanimously to appoint administrative clerk Lorraine Makatura as assistant manager, secretary and treasurer, and quickly adopted a Family & Medical Leave Act policy for the borough.

Dilmore also serves as secretary for Kilbuck Township, where supervisors will have to take similar action.

5/22/15

Incumbent first ward Bellevue Council member Linda Woshner won the Democratic nomination for her seat during Tuesday’s primary election.

Woshner defeated challenger Susan Schaffer 139-106, and will go on to face Republican Aaryn Hogue in the November election.

5/15/15

In the only contested primary election race in the North Boroughs for local government, incumbent first ward Bellevue Council member Linda Woshner is being challenged for the Democratic nomination by Susan Schafer.

Schafer ran unsuccessfully for council twice before, and has only just returned to the Democratic voter registration rolls after a stint as a Republican.

5/10/15

The burglary of a home on Florence Avenue was reported May 5.

Avalon Police discovered possible synthetic marijuana during a traffic stop on April 29 on Ohio River Boulevard.

Graffiti was reported on the swimming pool building and a nearby dumpster on May 1.

On May 2, a fire hydrant on Ohio River Boulevard was struck by a vehicle that experienced a front tire blow-out.

Avalon Police received a report of a license plate being stolen from a vehicle parked on California Avenue on May 2.

Adam Picard, 25, was cited for public drunkenness on May 3 in an Avalon alley.

5/10/15

A robbery at the WesBanco office on Lincoln Avenue was reported Thursday afternoon. No other details were available at press time. See next week’s issue for additional information.

A Lincoln Avenue resident reported to police on April 22 that he had received a counterfeit $50 bill at a Bellevue business.

Police received a report of shoplifting at Lincoln Avenue businesses on April 23 and 27.

On April 28, police received a report of larceny from a Division Avenue resident who said that items had been stolen from an unlocked car.

5/10/15

By NANCY WHYTE

Lower costs and sizeable savings in the Avonworth School District have resulted in a proposed final budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year that includes no increase in the property tax millage rate.

The district was permitted under state law to increase taxes by 1.9 percent, or .35 mills. Avonworth also was granted exceptions by the Pennsylvania Department of Education that allow the district to exceed this state index and further increase the millage rate.

5/10/15

Following a traffic stop on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth on April 30, Gregory Riggs, 50, of West View, was charged with DUI and a minor traffic violation.

On April 30, Ohio Township Police received a report of retail theft from a store on Ben Avon Heights Road. The suspect was stopped by store security, and items were recovered. Charges are pending.

Officers were dispatched to an Emsworth business to check on the welfare of someone sleeping in a vehicle in the parking lot.

On April 4, police received a report of fraud from a resident from Oxford Road in Ben Avon Heights.

5/2/15

On April 24, Avalon Police received a report of a theft from an Ohio River Boulevard business.

On April 24, Avalon Police were dispatched to South Home Avenue for a possibly-unconscious man on the sidewalk. The man had left prior to the arrival of the police, but was later checked out by medics and questioned by the police in a parking lot in Bellevue.

Police were dispatched to a restaurant on Ohio River Boulevard on April 25 for a report of criminal mischief by a patron who reportedly had been asked to leave after using obscene language.

5/2/15

Bellevue Mayor Paul Cusick broke a tie vote among Bellevue Council members Tuesday night to reject a proposal to hire an independent actuary to review the borough’s pension plans.

Although council voted in December to hire a new actuary, according to council member Linda Woshner, Tuesday’s vote on the matter came to a 4-4 tie, with Woshner, Jim Scisciani, Vence Menosky and Lynn Tennant Heffley in favor, and opposition from Kathy Coder, Matt Senvisky, Mark Helbling and Henry Lenard.

5/2/15

Jehan Sandhu, 26, from Bell Acres was charged with prohibited acts and two traffic violations following a traffic stop on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth on April 23.

Kimberly Adkins, 36, of McCandless, was charged with prohibited acts and possession following a traffic stop on Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township on April 23.

Following a traffic stop on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth on April 23, William John King, 46, and Natasha Carpenter, 29, both of Washington, PA, were charged with prohibited acts, possession, and possession with intent to deliver.

4/25/15

By LOIS THOMSON

Street repairs are on the agenda for Ben Avon residents this summer.

Council voted unanimously at Tuesday's meeting to accept bids for work on four streets in the borough: Brighton Road, from Perrysville to Forest Avenue; lower Perrysville, from Church down to Brighton; Terrace Avenue; and Walker Avenue.

4/25/15

The body of a man found at the Emsworth Locks and Dam last week has been identified as that of a young Wilmerding man whose family has been searching for him since March 7.

Ohio Township Police were called to the locks about 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 16, after a fisherman saw the body floating in shallow water. Emsworth and Neville volunteer firefighters helped recover the body of Andre Robinson, 20.

Robinson was last seen leaving his family’s home in Wilmerding on the evening of March 7. His family offered a reward for information on his whereabouts.

4/25/15

In what Northgate School Board president Gary Paladin described as “the highest elective expenditures we have done” since he’d been on the board, the board Monday to spend more than $350,000 on three capital projects.

First, the board accepted a bid from Maffei Strayer Furnishings in the amount of $64,300 to remove the existing chairs and install new chairs in the Bellevue Elementary School auditorium. Board member Jennifer McWilliams voted “nay,” explaining that she was not against the purchase of chairs, but did not like that the chairs selected are plastic.

4/25/15

Avalon residents in the area of a condemned house on South Chestnut Street may finally get their wish to see the fire-damaged building demolished.

Borough solicitor Megan Ott told Avalon Council members at their meeting Tuesday that efforts to have the homeowner or the mortgage company address the structure, which now presents safety concerns, have been unsuccessful. The borough now will take action to have the house, which has been vacant for more than a year, demolished using the proceeds of a fire escrow account through the homeowner’s insurance company.

4/25/15

With seasonal hirings already underway, Bellevue Council is telling potential employees they need not apply if they are delinquent in paying their borough taxes.

A motion to exclude delinquent taxpayers from the hiring pool was not scheduled for the agenda of the pre-council meeting on Tuesday, but was brought to the floor by council member Henry Lenard.

4/25/15

Searching your car for quarters soon could be a thing of the past for people who park at meters in Bellevue. The borough council could vote as early as next week to launch a program that would allow dri-vers to use their smart phones to pay for parking.

The co-founders of Meter Feeder, who created the iOS and Android app that would supply the technology, spoke with officials at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting.

4/25/15

Responding to complaints from residents, Ben Avon Council voted unanimously at Tuesday's meeting to approve a resolution regarding experimental traffic regulations.

The complaints concerned the amount of traffic and the speed of the cars on Juniper Way as a result of people using it as a throughway to get to Ben Avon Heights.

4/11/15

Bellevue Police are investigating two more burglaries reported in the area south of Lincoln Avenue in the final days of March.

Unlike earlier burglaries reported in the area, residents were reported to have been home when the break-ins occurred.

On March 29, a resident of South Harrison Avenue came to the police station to report that a burglary had occurred at his home while the homeowners were asleep.

The next day, a Grant Avenue resident told police that he awoke to find a window broken and a television missing.

4/11/15

The Avonworth School Board is expected to vote next Monday to revise the district's grading scale from the current seven-point system to a 10-point system.

The change, which was the topic of discussion at several school board meetings as well as at an open meeting for parents on March 25, is being made to "give kids a fair chance" competing for scholarships against students from schools using the traditional 10-point grading scale, according to superintendent Tom Ralston.

4/11/15

The Allegheny League of Municipalities (ALOM) officials, along with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, has announced that three local communities are among 42 municipalities that have been selected as 2015 Banner Communities, indicating that those municipalities "implement best practices in all aspects of their operations and govern in an inclusive, collaborative manner."

Ohio Township is one of only 17 municipalities to receive the designation each year since it began in 2012. Avalon and Kilbuck Township are among 12 to receive the honor for the first time this year.

4/11/15

Emsworth Council has approved spending as part of the joint SHACOG sanitary sewer lining project.

The low bidder was Jet Jack, Inc. at $469,058 for the total bid. Emsworth's share is $21,953.50.