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Collier snuffs out tobacco in all recreational areas

Megan Guza
| Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Collier's Board of Commissioners plans to snuff out smoking in township parks.

The board adopted a resolution on May 8 requiring that recreational areas be tobacco-free.

The resolution covers parks, courts, ball fields, playgrounds and bleachers. Signage indicating the area is smoke-free will be provided by the state Department of Health.

The resolution allows the township police to eject any person found violating the rule.

The move was part of the Young Lungs at Play program, which encourages community leaders to reduce childrens' exposure to secondhand smoke.

Public comment

Collier residents are continuing to push for the removal of construction equipment from the back of their property at Marigold Courts.

Residents Jean and Erik Brandsberg spoke again on the equipment they say is being stored on their property against borough ordinances.

The Brandsbergs say some of the equipment has been there for as long as two years.

Signing off

Residents in Rennerdale voiced concerns about the “Share the Road” signs that are being placed on several blocks of Suburban Avenue leading up the Panhandle Trail.

Several residents said the number of signs to be placed is too much for the four-block stretch of road.

The signs are part of a federal mandate that comes as a stipulation to a grant from the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources the township received. The signs alert drivers that they could come upon bikers or walkers on the road, and thus to proceed with caution.

• In other business, the board approved a resolution that allows the township to move forward with a developer's agreement for the Chartiers Valley Shopping Center Unit G project. According to developers, an agreement has been reached with Panera Bread and Advance Auto Parts to occupy the 14,500-square-foot unit.

• The board also approved a motion to set a hearing date for a liquor license transfer at Walnut Grill. The public hearing will be held June 12 at 6:30 p.m.

• The township's 2013 roadway and storm sewer improvements contract was awarded to Victor Paving and Construction in the amount of $364,440.

• The board approved the dates of the township summer camp program — June 17 through July 19 — and rehired Curt Cairns as program director at a salary of $3,000.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or

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