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South Fayette seeks to join South Hills Area Council of Governments

| Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, 12:01 a.m.

South Fayette commissioners will seek membership in the South Hills Area Council of Governments.

The township is a member of the Char-West Council of Governments, but this month agreed to seek admittance in SHACOG prior to the expiration of its garbage contract at the end of the year.

“I think we have a lot more in common with the members of SHACOG now than the COG we are currently a part of,” said commission President Joseph Horowitz.

“If we can save money on the garbage collections and get better services for our residents, I think it's more of an incentive to do it.”

SHACOG will have 75 days to respond upon receiving the letter. Admission requires a vote of the majority of members. If accepted, South Fayette would pay a one-time fee determined by the board of directors.

“It would give us a lot of options and has already been spoken of highly by other municipalities,” Manager Ryan Eggleston said.

Also, the borough approved police Chief John Phoennik's request to purchase a security system for the outside of the municipal building, interior of the police station and Morgan, Fairview and Sturgeon parks.

“With today's culture I think it is of the utmost importance that we secure funding for a security system for the perimeter of the building, certain areas of the police department inside and our parks,” Phoennik said.

The project would be completed in two phases and cost about $15,000, he said.

The money would come from selling the department's tactical van, which council approved at the meeting. Council also authorized Phoennik to spend up to $20,000 on the system, if needed.

Phoennik said his department has only used the van three times in five years, calling it “a luxury, not a necessity.”

North Fayette has already expressed interest in buying it for about $17,500, Eggleston said.

“Their chief had offered that anytime we would need the van, there would be an opportunity for us to still be able use it and access it. And frankly this will help North Fayette out, as well,” he said.

Commissioners also approved placing four police cruisers for sale on, an online government auctioning site.

Alex Felser is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5810 or

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