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12/23/17

The owner of rental property in Avalon complained to the borough council at their Dec. 14 meeting that inspection fees were getting way too high.

The owner told council that in addition to the annual registration fees, landlords have to pay for inpections of their units every other year. The rate per unit was $25 when the practice began in 2002, he said, and increased to $35 in 2013. This year, he said, he will pay $75 per unit inspection.

12/23/17

Bellevue Mayor Paul Cusick said that one of his final acts in office will be to veto the 2018 salary ordinance adopted by Bellevue Council Tuesday evening. The move comes after council refused to provide administrative employees with salary increases comparable to what union employees receive under their contracts.

12/23/17

Emsworth residents will not face a local tax increase in the new year.

At the Dec. 13 council meeting, a motion to adopt the 2018 millage at 3.955 was unanimously passed. Thus, the 2018 millage rate will remain the same as 2017.

Members Jolene Bennet, Paul Getz and Brian Fashian were absent from the meeting.

12/23/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (0-2, 0-5) played host to the Crusaders (1-1, 1-4) from Bishop Canevin this past Tuesday in their section opener, and both teams entered the game looking for their first win. The Flames battled hard, taking a 36 – 35 lead into the fourth quarter, but they were unable to hold it, and lost to the Crusaders by the score 57 – 47.

12/23/17

Michael J. Delfine Michael J. Delfine, 85, of Baden, formerly of Canonsburg and Bellevue, died Sunday, December 17, 2017.

12/23/17

They were nights to remember, and say thanks, as outgoing officials in the four local boroughs received recognition at their final meetings.

Some were defeated in the primary or general elections of 2017, while some chose not to seek re-election.

In Bellevue Tuesday evening, council president Lynn Tennant Heffley read proclamations honoring outgoing council members Kathy Coder, Henry Lenard and Vencent Menosky, as well as outgoing mayor Paul Cusick, before Cusick read a proclamation recognizing Heffley’s own service on council.

12/23/17

Bellevue Council member Tom Hrynda, who chaired the committee that planned the celebration of Bellevue’s 150th anniversary in 2017, reported at Tuesday’s council meeting that the events had raised enough money to cover all costs, including repayment of the money advanced by the borough initially.

Hrynda thanked council member Henry Lenard for making the motion to advance the funds to kick off the celebration, but had harsh word for council member Tom Fodi, who opposed the expenditure. “I guess you were a little premature at trying to shut us down at every step,” Hrynda told Fodi.

12/3/17

Mayor Paul Cusick warned Bellevue Council Tuesday evening that he will veto any 2018 budget that allows less of a salary increase for administrative employees than for union workers.

Contract employees – including public works laborers, fire department workers and police officers – are paid under terms negotiated as part of their individual union contracts. Council annually sets the salaries for non-contract employees, which include administrative, library and code enforcement staff.

12/3/17

Hunter Strang Hunter Strang, 18, of Ohio Township, died tragically Sunday, November 26, 2017. He was the son of Ward and Julie (Runberg) Strang; grandson of Bob and Mary Strang, Shirley Runberg, and the late Ken Runberg; nephew of Rick Runberg and his wife Michele; cousin of Gavin and Nathan Runberg, and Jessie, Isaac, and Rebekah Ellis; also survived by many loving relatives and friends. Hunter was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying numerous activities such as fishing, hunting, mudding, and quad-riding. He especially loved his dogs and his "85 Ford pickup and his Honda Fourtrax.

12/3/17

Following an executive session at the end of the regular Bellevue Council meeting on Tuesday, officials reconvened to accept the resignation of a police officer.

Council accepted the resignation of officer Gary Neugebauer, who has been with the department for about 20 years.

No further information was available on the reasons for the resignation.

12/3/17

Despite some strong – but insufficient – opposition, Bellevue Council has decided to move forward with the next phase of its Lincoln Avenue streetscape project using the same design firm, although no one is quite sure exactly what that will cost.

11/25/17

A resident of Broadbent Road in Ohio Township reported criminal mischief on Nov. 15.

A business on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township reported a drug violation on Nov. 16. Police say charges are pending.

A business located on Mt. Nebo Road in Ohio Township reported a drug violation on Nov. 16. Police say charges are pending.

On Nov. 16, a Church Avenue in Emsworth resident reported a disturbance.

A Freedom Lane in Ohio Township reported disorderly conduct on Nov. 17.

11/25/17

Avalon Council approved several resolutions related to grants -- both accepted and projected -- to fund various work in the borough.

Council ratified the acceptance of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) bid specification for the demolition of 423 Florence Ave., from Ken Reilly Contracting in the amount of $20,500. The grant covers $18,500 of the cost, with the borough paying the extra $2,000.

11/25/17

The Avon Club’s 2017 Ben Avon Holiday House Tour will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 6 – 9 p.m Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the tour. For information, visit http://avonclub.benavon.org/site/house-tour/ or e-mail: housetour@benavon.org. Tickets may be bought in person at Anchor & Anvil Coffee Bar, 7221 Church Ave, Ben Avon, PA 15202, anchoranvilcoffee.com

11/25/17

Leaf pick-up has been extended through Friday, Dec. 8, in Bellevue on the regular street sweeping schedule.

Parking restrictions will end on Nov.30, so residents are asked to try to consolidate piles of leaves left on the street to maximize parking opportunities.

The borough recommends bagging leaves for Friday pick-ups.

11/25/17

The regular monthly meeting of Avalon Council in December will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.

The change will accommodate a project being conducted by the Salvation Army at the borough building on the regular meeting date of Dec. 19.

11/25/17

Richard P. Killmeyer Richard P. Killmeyer, 92, died Sunday, November 19, 2017, surrounded by family. He was the husband of the late Claire (Richert) Killmeyer; father of Richard P. Killmeyer Jr. (Denise) Killmeyer, Edward Killmeyer, Susanne Killmeyer, Michael Killmeyer, and Elizabeth (Mark) Thomas, brother of Donald W. (Barbara) Killmeyer, grandfather of Kristin Killmeyer, Brandon Kehr, Eric, Alex, and Taylor Thomas, great grandfather of Brayden Kehr. Uncle to Deacon Tim (Chris) Killmeyer and Wayde Killmeyer.

11/25/17

The Aug. 18 issue of “Vogue” magazine includes an article headlined, “…the Most Important Art Show in America Is Underway in Pittsburgh.”

The author, John Ortved explains how “…the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, famous for showing artworks by those of African descent, joins forces with the Carnegie [Museum of Art], one of the U.S.’s most revered art institutions, to present something nearly impossible: the idea of America, through art.”

11/18/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The 2017 season came to a close for the Avonworth Antelopes football team when they faced the Riverside Panthers in a WPIAL quarterfinal game played at Seneca Valley last Friday. With 16 seniors in the starting line-up for the Panthers, their experience showed in every facet of the game as they overpowered the Antelopes 42-14.

'That's a good football team," said 'Lopes coach Duke Johncour.

11/18/17

Bellevue Police officers were dispatched to North Balph Avenue at Teece on Nov. 3 for a male breaking into a vehicle.

A West Riverview Avenue resident reported a motorcycle was stolen from in front of the residence on Nov. 6.

On Nov. 6, a Grant Avenue resident reported a delivered package had been stolen from the front porch.

On Nov. 6, a Teece Avenue resident report a theft from an apartment.

A South Fremont Avenue reported a vehicle stolen on Nov. 7.

A juvenile, later identified, committed a retail theft from a Lincoln Avenue business on Nov. 7.

11/18/17

Calling it the "largest budget in Ben Avon history," council member Richard J. White presented a proposed 2018 budget of $1,233,900 to council at Tuesday's meeting.

The budget lists total tax revenue of $963,200, the majority coming from $521,000 in current real estate tax collections, along with $380,200 in current earned income tax. The estimate for major sources of non-tax revenue is $270,700.

11/18/17

The Nov. 13 meeting marked the end of an Avonworth school board member’s 17 years of service.

Eric Templin first joined the district’s school board in March, 2000. On Monday night, he was honored and thanked by his peers. He’ll also be missed for his traditional, “I’ll second,” as he was the board member most likely to second a motion.

11/18/17

By NANCY WHYTE

Discussions continue about the possible merger of Kilbuck and Ohio townships.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, members of the merger committee met at the Kilbuck Township Municipal Building. Local government policy specialist Michael Foreman, from the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services, provided updated information on comments from the October meeting. Additionally, Foreman supplied attendees with sample merger paperwork from the 2013 proposed merger of Beaver County’s Patterson Township and Fallston Borough.

11/18/17

Joseph A. Ninehauser Joseph A. Ninehauser, 86, of Bellevue, died Thursday, November 9, 2017. He was born Sept. 1, 1931, in Pittsburgh. He married Gloria (Owens) Ninehauser on Sept. 8, 1950. She preceded him in death on Jan. 26, 2015. Joe was a veteran of the USMC. In civilian life, Joe was a general mechanic and could fix anything presented to him. Joe spent his life lending a hand to anyone in need and was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.