Briefs: Office building approved for Pine
Supervisors approved a plan by developer John Baun of Bradford Woods to build a four-story office building on the west side of Route 19.
The structure, approved on Jan. 7, will be called Stonewood Commons IV and be constructed on 2.1 acres Baun owns at Bradford Road and Old Perry Highway.
The building will resemble Stonewood buildings on the east side of Route 19, incorporating “cedar wood, a lot of glass and stone,” Baun said.
The building will have eight to 12 medical suites, although Baun said no details are available yet.
Property tax rate cut by 22%
Commissioners voted unanimously on Jan. 9 to reduce the township's property tax millage rate 22 percent, from 3.5 mills to 2.73 mills. Collier Manager Sal Sirabella said the reduction is caused by an increase in total property value resulting from the county reassessment.
The millage rate is retroactive to Jan. 1, Sirabella said. The board passed its $6.2 million budget in December.
Borough declines electronics disposal
Aspinwall officials have decided not to pay a $3-per-quarter surcharge per resident that would be assessed by Waste Management to pick up televisions, computers and other electronics this year.
A new state law prohibits electronics from being put in trash.
Councilman Joe Noro said agreeing to the surcharge would mean rebidding the disposal contract.
The company said the fee would have to be accepted by all residents or none, because it would be too costly to send a truck to collect items at select stops, he said.
Details on how to dispose of electronics can be found at www.zerowastepgh.org.
Noro said he would continue to talk with Waste Management to see if there are any other options.
Supervisors approve tax rate reduction
Supervisors approved a decrease in property taxes from 3.28 mills to 2.48 mills for 2013.
Supervisors approved the rate decrease on Jan. 7. The drop reflects the county's reassessment that increased the value of taxable property in the township from about $1.8 billion in 2012 to about $2.2 billion for 2013.
The new rate dedicates 0.2 mills to the volunteer fire company.
The tax rate change means a resident with a home assessed at $150,000 will pay township real estate taxes of $372.
Mayor swears in new police chief
Mayor C.F. Hammer swore in Robert Downey Jr. as police chief on Tuesday. He replaces Andrew Lisiecki who resigned last year after being hired by North Huntington.
Downey has been in law enforcement for over 32 years. He most recently served as chief of police/director of public safety at California University of Pennsylvania. Downey also has been chief of police at Slippery Rock University and spent 20 years as a member of the Allegheny County SWAT as a tactical commander.
Tax rate pending on reassessment appeals
Borough officials will wait to set a property tax millage rate for 2013 because more than 300 parcels of land await hearings from appeals of county reassessments, said Andrew McCreery, borough business manager.
Council approved a $12.93 million 2013 budget on Dec. 10. McCreery estimated then that the borough could drop the tax rate from 5.63 mills to 4.4 mills. <