Allegheny Township may merge its fire companies
Allegheny Township's two fire departments could be consolidating in the future.
Township Manager Greg Primm said a joint committee between the two departments has been formed and will meet quarterly. No date has been set to determine if a merger should take place.
But a recent, three-hour meeting outlined the fact the departments now operate as separate entities and are distinctly different operations.
Currently, both departments respond to emergencies — a situation that officials said on Monday night indicates both departments are experiencing a manpower shortage.
The Allegheny Township Volunteer Fire Company, located along Route 356, was formed in 1941; the Markle Volunteer Fire Company was organized in 1960.
One immediate goal of the joint committee is reportedly to avoid buying duplicate fire trucks that serve similar purposes. A distant goal would be to have one chief, one president, one treasury and one fundraising operation to serve the 32-square-mile township.
RV center meeting
The township's planning commission will meet Tuesday night at the township building to discuss a proposal to establish a recreational vehicle center at the former location of Trunzo's ice cream parlor and restaurant.
Cooper's RV Center, Inc. President Keith Conard met with planning officials earlier and stores vehicles at the location.
Eventually, the planning commission will make a recommendation to township supervisors after concerns have been heard from neighbors and a list of conditions for Conard to meet have been established.
Conditions might include planting large trees, such as pines, at the property boundaries and parking area lighting.
No one spoke against the proposal at Monday's supervisors meeting, but concerns were aired by supervisors and residents, such as how close the vehicles can be to the road.
Supervisors will ultimately vote on whether to grant a conditional use permit to Conard.
Conard operates a Cooper's RV location in the Sardis Hill section of Murrysville.
George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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