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By George Guido
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, 12:41 a.m.

Oakmont is getting set for a big birthday bash next year.

The borough is preparing for its 125th anniversary celebration — known as a quasquicentennial — in 2014.

Council on Monday night appointed Ray Rogers, Gary Rogers and Summer Tissue to spearhead the organizing committee. Laurie Saxon will represent council on the committee.

No dates have been set for the event. Council could later earmark some money for event planning.

Council also gave the OK for the Allegheny County Volunteer Fire Fighters Association to hold its 100th anniversary celebration in Oakmont next year.

That event is tentatively scheduled for the second week of June, ending with a large parade that Saturday.

Edgewater development

The borough and developer Brooks & Blair are hoping to reach construction agreements by the end of March relating to a proposed 270-unit development at the former Edgewater Steel site.

Among the items in the contract will be infrastructure issues such as paving streets, sewage line and stormwater pipe installation and preventing Plum Creek from eroding.

Brooks & Blair will have to secure an opening along Allegheny Avenue to advance the project.

Police Chief David DiSanti and fire Chief Bill Peoples will coordinate addresses of the residences with post office and emergency officials.

Brooks & Blair, along with the other site developer, Kacin Companies, will meet with the Oakmont planning commission at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the borough building to discuss site plan amendments.

In other business

• Motorists will now be prohibited from making left turns onto Allegheny Avenue from Adeline Brown Avenue and Advance Way.

Officials think there's a safety concern because of relatively heavy traffic near the Hoffstott's and Chelsea Grille restaurants.

• Council voted to enlist borough engineer The Senate Company to design a dek hockey facility for Riverside Park.

The rink will be located where the current high school baseball diamond sits.

The price of the facility is unknown until the design is completed. Officials said the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and Highmark will help pay for the rink.

The high school field will be relocated within the park complex.

Councilman Tim Favo said the borough received a $60,000 federal Community Development Block Grant to make the lower portion of Riverside Park conform with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991.

In other park developments, Riverview High School football coach Todd Massack will be charged $250 to hold summertime 7-on-7 passing camps for area scholastic football teams.

The camps emphasize passing and pass-blocking and will last three weeks.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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