Retirees are no-shows at Scott Township recognition ceremony

| Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Let them eat cake.

In recognition of retirees Steve Habovick and Nancy Wells, Scott Township officials had cake for attendees at last week's commissioners meeting.

The plan was to highlight the retirees' achievements — even though they were unable to attend the gathering. Habovick, who retired May 10, worked as a mechanic for 26 years. Public works foreman Bert Smelko said his knowledge of all things mechanical made him an asset to the township.

“The guy was very knowledgeable in many areas outside of the automobile,” said Smelko, who worked with Habovick for 23 years. “The man could fix just about anything.”

Smelko said there aren't any plans to replace Habovick. He was the last of two mechanics who worked for the township. Newly-hired Charles Snyder is the only mechanic in town now.

Nancy Wells is retiring after 25 years as a crossing guard. Her husband is Commissioner William Wells of Ward 2.

Township Manager Denise Fitzgerald said Nancy Wells guided the children of Our lady of Grace School. She worked at the intersection of Kane Boulevard and Bower Hill Road.

Flooding issues

This was the first meeting since last month's flooding that residents didn't cram the meeting room. This time, only one resident had a flooding issue.

Also, an ordinance was passed to reflect last year's collective bargaining agreements. The contract, which raised the ceiling for non-uniform and uniform employees to 6 percent, was made in 2012.

“This makes sure the ordinance coincides with the contract agreement,” Fitzgerald said.

Road work bids

• Officials approved bids for the Swallow Hill Road and Rockfield Road road reconstruction. Gold Triangle Construction had the lowest bid at $1.9 million. Work is slated to begin in May.

• Township Engineer Larry Lennon was given the green light to pay for a storm sewer improvement project, which is already complete. Vince Strnisha Construction fixed a portion of a collapsed storm sewer pipe. The pipe, which is located off Carothers Avenue, will cost $57,847.

David Paulk is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5804 or

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