Solicitor William Andrews told Avonworth School Board members at their April 13 meeting that delinquent tax collection has increased from last year.

Andrews said that $18,000 more was collected this year.

Andrews also said that the district's tax assessment program is moving forward and has resulted in 68 new residential assessment appeals for the 2009 year. Appeals are filed when the sale of a home is more than $15,000 higher than the assessed value, he said.


Bellevue police arrested two people on March 19, after officers responded to a report of a vehicle being broken into on South Harrison Avenue. Nathan Bane, 27, of Cliff Avenue, and Danielle Skovran, 23, of Teece Avenue, were arrested and face various charges, including theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy.

A vehicle on Madison Avenue was reported vandalized on March 18. A 17-year old male was cited for criminal mischief in the incident.

A bicycle was reported stolen from a home on Grant Avenue on March 22. The bicycle was recovered a short time later.


History comes from any number of sources -- good teachers, good books, the History Channel. And sometimes it comes directly from those who lived it. Students in Jeff Boggess’s U.S. History classes at Avonworth High School recently completed a project that made them the historians as they interviewed individuals who experienced World War II, both as civilians and as military personnel.

Now in its fourth year, the project parallels class study that includes discussion and debate of the more controversial aspects of the war, such as the dropping of the atomic bomb and Japanese internment.


The Kilbuck Township Supervisors have accepted recommendations by the township's planning commission that will slightly ease restrictions on how property can be used within a proposed "municipal and fire overlay district."

The district was created after Kilbuck's zoning board denied a variance that would have allowed the fire station on Eicher Road to be sold and used as a commercial property. Currently, all property along Eicher is zoned for residential use only.


A vote by Ben Avon Council to have new playground equipment installed at Avon Park turned into a motion to dissolve the lease for the park between Ben Avon Borough and Kilbuck Township.


Northgate and Avonworth school districts will receive hundreds of thousands of dollars as a part of President Barack Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that was signed into law on Feb. 17. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), at least $2.6 billion of the stimulus funds will be allocated to Pennsylvania's schools.


PennDOT District 11 is advising motorists that various lane closures and restrictions will occur nightly on Route 65 (Ohio River Boulevard) in the Borough of Avalon, beginning on Monday, March 23.


Two residents of Kendall Avenue reported Aug. 13 that their vehicles had been broken into during the night.

An Irwin Avenue resident also reported the same day that her vehicle had been broken into during the night and items had been stolen.

Charles Miles, 21, of Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, was arrested Aug. 13 on a narcotics charge after officers responded to a report of a fight on Lincoln Avenue.


The project manager responsible for overseeing two Bellevue construction projects explained recent problems that have arisen and apologized to residents for weekend disruptions during a special meeting of Bellevue Council on Thursday, May 13. The bottom line, however, is that the cost of the projects will push closer to the $1 million mark.


Bellevue Council has voted to appeal to the state legislature to legalize pre-lien interest and penalties after it recently was revealed that the borough has been illegally charging such fees for decades on garbage and delinquent sewage accounts.


A new assistant code enforcement officer (CEO) for the Borough of Bellevue was hired at Council’s May 4 meeting after two executive sessions were held to interview candidates for the position.

Hired was James Delcroix of Bellevue, who CEO Mike Lutz said recently returned to his hometown after working in Texas. According to Lutz, Delcroix has an extensive background in lighting and related electrical matters.

The hiring of Delcroix was approved by Council in an 8-1 vote, with Council member Joe Scioscia opposed to the hiring of any additional full-time employees by the borough.


The Avonworth School District has announced the receipt of a $1,000 grant to be used in the District’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

"Our ESL program is steadily growing," commented Superintendent Dr. Valerie McDonald, "and we are honored and grateful to have received this grant."

The grant was awarded to some members of the consortium of districts that use ESL teachers from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU). It will be used to help off-set the costs of baseline data collection in the district’s ESL program.


The union representing Avonworth School District teachers called together community leaders last week to urge the adoption of "behavioral expectations" for students.

Avonworth Middle School teachers brought together school board members and district administrators, along with parents, police and other community leaders, in an effort to stem a growing tide of minor disciplinary problems before they become a flood.


Bellevue Council has announced plans to hire possibly two new full-time employees and a number of temporary summer employees.


Bellevue Council voted last week to approve expenditures for equipment for the Borough’s fire department.

Council approved the purchase of three hose nozzles at a cost not to exceed $2,600, and a Kussmal auto charger for a fire engine at a cost not to exceed $1,600.


A traffic engineer told Ohio Township residents last week that the developer of a commercial venture in nearby Kilbuck Township was attempting to direct traffic away from Ohio Township roads.

An overflow crowd attended the May 3 supervisors meeting to hear how the township planned to address traffic from the proposed Wal-Mart development on the former Dixmont State Hospital property in Kilbuck.


A new ACORD Park agreement could be approved by local officials by July if representatives of the five member communities can agree on a voting structure for major park decisions and what park improvements should be made.


New, electronic parking meters may soon be gracing the streets and parking lots of Bellevue.

Bellevue Council voted unanimously at its regular meeting on May 4 to purchase electronic mechanisms that can be operated with a key in addition to coins. Drivers who regularly park at meters will be able to purchase keys encoded with a specific amount of money, said Director of Administrative Services David Golebiewski.


Bellevue Council has rejected an effort by new member Joe Kovacs to expand the list of expenses for which the borough will pay when Council members attend conferences.

The Council members remaining after nearly five hours at the regular meeting on Tuesday, May 4, voted 4-3 against Kovacs’ motion to reimburse Council members for mileage at 37.5 cents per mile, as well as for tolls paid, when they travel to conferences.


Several members of the Bellevue police merger referendum committee have begun expressing doubts about whether it is possible for a referendum to be successful this November, after committee members heard from residents and the borough’s solicitor over the last two weeks.


An amendment to Bellevue’s parking ordinance was tabled during Council’s regular meeting on May 4 after it was determined the proposed amendment eliminated more parking spaces than desired.

The Safety Committee had proposed the elimination of one parking space on Lincoln Ave. near the Port Authority bus stop at Burnside Ave. in order to give buses room to pull over when stopping for passengers. The amendment presented to Council eliminated all parking spaces between Burnside and the High Bridge.


Bellevue’s Dept. of Public Works (DPW) employees will paint the Memorial Park swimming pool after they receive paint, the purchase of which was approved May 4 by Bellevue Council.

Paint for the annual project is expected to cost $9,000.


The hiring of a number of temporary summer employees was approved by Bellevue Council at its regular meeting on May 4.

Council voted 8-0-1 to hire one head lifeguard, 11 lifeguards, five concession stand workers and a night watchman for the Memorial Park swimming pool. Council member Joe Kovacs abstained because people related to him were among those hired.


Revisions have already trimmed close to $200,000 in expenditures from the Avonworth School District's preliminary 2004-05 budget, and school board members met last week to identify other cuts that might reduce a projected 3 mill property tax increase. 05/04/04.