Apollo expected to hold taxes steady for 13th straight year
Apollo's property tax won't increase next year, borough Council President David Heffernan said on Thursday.
Council will meet Nov. 7 to fine tune a preliminary 2014 budget. Heffernan said he couldn't provide any details until then, but he expects the real estate tax to remain at 10.9 mills for the 13th year.
Council will vote Nov. 21 to approve the tentative budget. If approved, it will be available for public review and comment for at least 10 days before council votes in December to finalize the plan.
Included in the budget's payroll will be two additional part-time police officers.
Council on Wednesday hired Anthony Ogline, formerly of the Verona Police Department, and Jason Kerr. The latter worked for Bell Township until July when it dissolved its police department.
Both officers will begin at $12 an hour. Kerr will begin within a week and Ogline, who co-owns a gun store in Verona, is expected to begin in November, according to Mayor Karen Kenzevich.
The borough's two existing officers on Wednesday were given raises. One officer's rate went up $1 an hour to $13, and the officer-in-charge will be paid $13.50 an hour, both retroactive to Sept. 1.
Scheduling of the officers' hours is yet to be determined, Kenzevich said.
Apollo will pay an additional $1,100 on its project at the intersection of Route 56 — locally, First Street — and Astronaut Way to improve handicap accessibility.
The borough received about $57,000 from the federal Community Development Block Grant program, Armstrong County, PennDOT and ARLE Capital Partners for the project.
It involved building sidewalk ramps and installing pedestrian crossing signs.
PennDOT approved borough engineer Rich Craft's plans, but after inspecting the completed project said two of the curbs didn't comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The borough was told it would be liable for any incidents.
The $1,100 change order to the project will be used to replace a few feet of curb in front of B Z Mart and Rock Hoppers sports bar. The new curbs will be between 2 and 6 inches higher, Craft said.
Resident Cheryl Swank, a Democratic challenger who is running for council Nov. 5, asked council Wednesday why five piles of what she said is contaminated concrete remains in the borough.
The concrete was extricated from sidewalks throughout the borough in 2009 when the borough began its $7.45 million sewer separation project. Swank said the borough planned to have the concrete taken away, but decided hauling it away would cost too much.
The piles sit on the riverfront, on land once occupied by a nuclear fuels processing plant, from 11th to North Fifth streets.
Swank claims the concrete is contaminated with radioactive material from the nuclear fuels plants that operated nearby from 1957 to 1986 and presents safety hazards.
Heffernan said the concrete has been tested and approved for use by the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Swank is one of five candidates competing Nov. 5 for four, four-year council seats. Also on the ballot are the lone Republican Heffernan, council Vice President Cindee Virostek and council members Dennis Gabrielli and Mark Greenawalt.
Heffernan, Virostek and Gabrielli are running for two seats that carry two-year terms.
Darhl Goldinger is the only councilman whose seat does not expire this year. Amy Poydence and Pat Zelonka are not seeking re-election.
Braden Ashe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Lower Burrell 5th-grader illustrates power of kindness with cancer charity
- Second teen charged in Jan. 1 Tarentum shooting
- Arnold woman severely injured in Allegheny Township wreck
- Woman killed in Washington Township crash
- Riverview might ask to raise taxes above 2.3% limit
- Harrison officials discuss grant applications for sidewalks, sewers
- Weather postpones Route 56 closure in New Kensington
- ATI steam explosion in Harrison rocked homes in four counties
- Lower Burrell man charged with stealing copper from Brestensky’s closed meat-packing plant
- Harrison man retiring to end 20-year NFL officiating career
- Apollo officials interested in finding permanent home