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Community center construction in progress

Construction of a $5.2 million community center in Peterswood Park is under way.

“It has been slower going than we would have hoped because of rainy weather,” assistant municipal Manager Paul Lauer said. “But we can see the beginnings now.”

Pads where the building and parking area will go are complete, and land has been graded for a pond with fountain. Grading continues for the softball field and a connection between the center and the Arrowhead Trail, Lauer said.

The project includes a 38,000-square-foot building with two full-size basketball courts, an indoor walking track, meeting and exercise rooms and offices. Lauer expects the center to be completed by summer.

Upper St. Clair
White House reporter first lecturer in series

ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton will kick off this season’s Town Hall South Lecture Series on Oct. 7 at the Upper St. Clair High School Theatre.

Compton will present a look at the forces that shape the president, the media’s coverage of government and current political issues.

Memberships to the lecture series still are available and are sold as a series for $80. For tickets, send checks payable to Town Hall South, 2040 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241. For details, call Martha Brown at (412) 833-8503 or Barb Livingston at (412) 835-7579. The Town Hall South hot line is (412) 831-6168.

Whitehall
Council drops idea of licensing scavengers

Whitehall Council apparently has decided against issuing licenses for scavengers in the community.

Scavenger hunting, or finding treasures among others’ trash, was common practice years ago, but when residents began complaining that scavengers ruined their trash piles, an ordinance was adopted to ban the practice.

Edwin Brennan, the former mayor, recently proposed allowing the practice again, perhaps by issuing a limited number of licenses. But council members criticized the idea last week. “We’re not in favor of the proposal for several reasons,” Councilman Glenn Nagy said. “People’s dogs bark. There is a mess being made. People usually keep their garbage in a neat pile, and that makes it easier for the garbage men to pick it up.

“Scavenging would bring seedy characters into the borough, and there’s the possibility of identity theft.”

Ordinance for election signs under review

Some Whitehall Council members are concerned that political signs are popping up in the borough too soon before the Nov. 4 general election.

“Something needs to be done. The signs make the borough look terrible,” Councilman Harold Berkoben said last week.

Robert McKown agreed. “I know that political races are coming up, but this is a little soon to have signs up,” he said.

Council proposed putting a time frame on when political signs can go up — possibly four weeks before an election. Mayor James Nowalk will review the borough ordinance concerning political signs.

Notes

  • McDonald: This is the last day to reserve space for the McDonald Community Flea’Tique, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at the McDonald Trail Station Meeting House. For details, call Carole Moreau at (724) 926-8808. Also, the McDonald Area Redevelopment Association, which is raising money to maintain the meeting house, will meet at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 2 at the meeting house.

  • Peters: Officials reported a good turnout for the hazardous chemicals collection Saturday at the public works building. About 369 vehicles showed up to get rid of chemicals, mostly paint. “We felt it was a very good number for doing it the first time,” municipal Manager Mike Silvestri said.

    Chartiers Valley schools
    Contest encouragescost-cutting ideas

    Chartiers Valley finance director Charles Koch has come up with a plan to help reduce spending at the district.

    Koch has implemented the district’s first “super savers” contest, in which employees can receive prizes for submitting cost-cutting ideas.

    Koch will examine all the ideas, and the names of those submitting suggestions will be placed into a box. Winners of random drawings will receive donated gift certificates. The contest ends Nov. 15.

    For example, technology director Scott Kelly was entered in the drawing for saving money by buying nine laser printers through the eBay auction Web site for only $1,500.

    Findlay
    Recreation complexwork under way

    Findlay officials broke ground for the township’s new recreation and sports complex last week, near Leopold Lake along Route 30 between Imperial and Clinton.

    Findlay manager Gary Klingman said he hopes to seek bids on the first phase of construction by the end of September.

    This part of the project includes installing all utilities underground, and constructing an access road, a lighted basketball court, a pavilion and a beginners’ skateboard track, plus a swimming pool and parking.

    When completed, the park also will have a recreational center and picnic areas. Officials estimate the project will cost $4.6 million.

    Moon
    Tire recycling set

    Unwanted tires will be accepted for recycling from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Moon Carnot public works garage, 548 Carnot Road.

    Tires can no longer be taken with weekly refuse pickup because of changes in environmental regulations. Tires from passenger cars, light trucks and recreational vehicles will be taken only from Moon residents with identification.

    The maximum is 12 tires per person, and tires will not be taken from businesses. Tires can be received unmounted or mounted on steel rims. The township and the Moon Township Municipal Authority are sponsoring the service.

    South Fayette schools
    Business manager resigns

    The South Fayette School Board on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Maria Brewer, who served as the district’s business manager and finance director for 4{1/2} years.

    Brewer, 38, was making an annual salary of $71,000. Her last day will be Oct. 27. She resigned to become the finance director at the Forbes Road Career and Technology Center in Monroeville, where she will manage a $5 million budget.

    Brewer said the new position will not pay more but will give her more personal time and less responsibility.

    Superintendent Linda Hippert said the school board could hire a new business manager at its Oct. 14 meeting.


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