Allegheny briefs: Longtime Shaler planning commission director resigns
Planning commission member Carol Shields has stepped down after three decades of service to the township.
Commissioners accepted her resignation and approved Edward “Chips” Pearson to fill the vacant position through Jan. 1, 2017.
In a letter, Shields wrote that it had been “a privilege and a pleasure” to serve. Assisting with Shaler's recent upgrade of its code book topped her years of volunteering, she said. Proposed ordinances changes are now under review by commissioners.
“I'd been on (the planning commission) for 30 years, and I felt after the completion of the ordinances I felt I came full circle,” Shields said
Pearson took his seat on Jan. 22. He is a longtime Shaler resident, a volunteer at Elfinwild Volunteer Fire Company and coached sports in the township when his children played.
Property tax rate awaits reassessments
Council last week approved its 2013 budget but residents will have to wait for it to set the property tax rate until all reassessment appeals are settled, borough Manager Gary Koehler said.
The budget totals $8.8 million. If the tax rate remains steady at the 2013 rate of 2.4 mills, the owner of a home assessed at $200,000 will again pay $480 in property taxes. Officials expect the rate to remain close to that of 2012, with any increase approved only to cover the cost of appeals.
In other business, council approved a $5,000 donation to Volunteers of America of PA's All of Us Care, a Sharpsburg-based organization that assists with employment and after-school activities.
Route 910 to be closed through October
Major changes are in store for motorists who travel through Indiana Township.
A section of the township's most heavily used road, Route 910, will close at 7 a.m. Feb. 11 and remain off-limits to traffic through October.
The shutdown affects the portion of 910 that passes over the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
The work is necessary to accommodate a $200 million turnpike expansion.
“We received notice that Route 910 will close just west of the Indianola refinery, up from Blue Run Road,” Indiana Township manager Dan Anderson said. “We anticipate that to last until fall.”
Detours are being posted, Anderson said. Detour maps will be available at www.indianatownship.com.
EMS begins 2013 subscription drive
Plum Emergency Medical Services has adopted a slogan of “It can happen to you” for its 2013 subscription drive.
The ambulance service is hoping to boost the rate of response to yearly subscriptions, which are $40.
Deputy Director Bob Moran told council this month subscriptions, insurance reimbursements, donations and borough funding pays for the service's $1.2 million budget.
Plum EMS will mail letters to residents and business owners and will post informational videos at www.plumems.com.
Plum High School TV production students worked with the EMS to make the videos.
Councilman resigns; replacement sought
Councilman Daniel Haeck resigned on Jan. 21 from his position, to which he was appointed in February.
Council has 30 days to appoint a resident to the position. Those interested should contact borough manager Debbie Englert at 412-655-3300.
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