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Elizabeth Township joins neighbors in military banner program

| Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, 2:11 a.m.

Elizabeth Township commissioners unanimously voted Monday to support a military banners program.

Offered through the Veterans of Foreign Wars Kastan-Uveges Post No. 7632, the program is designed to honor veterans and military personnel.

Forward Township and Elizabeth borough officials have agreed to participate in the program as well.

Banner program co-chairmen Chuck DeBellis and Thomas Cain explained their endeavor and presented some of the banners to Elizabeth Township commissioners before the vote.

DeBellis said the family of a soldier can bring the VFW an $80 check and a photo of the individual they want to recognize.

The money pays for one 24-by-36-inch banner to be installed on a utility pole and two 12-by-18-inch banners for the family.

Elizabeth Township public works crews would hang the larger banners.

The banners read “Elizabeth Forward area salutes,” with the person's name, rank and photo displayed underneath. Banners will hang between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

“It's something to honor the veterans, especially for their families,” DeBellis said.

Cain said some details need to be finalized. He declined to have a contact number for the program published.

Board of commissioners vice president Paul Saxon said the township should look into having lights for the banners.

“I think it's a fitting tribute to have these lit 24 hours a day,” Saxon said.

Commissioners discussed refinancing bonds from 2009 with Joseph Muscatello of the investment banking firm Boenning & Scattergood. Commissioners hope to save $750,000.

Commissioners unanimously approved waiving approximately $1,000 in permits and fees for Central Volunteer Fire Co. so it can purchase and install a new electronic sign in front of the station.

The existing sign near the intersection of Rock Run Road and Route 48 is broken.

Commissioners voted 6-1 to approve extending a towing contract with Nickolich Towing on a month-to-month basis, and to seek requests for proposals for towing service.

Commissioner Claire Bryce dissented. She said she wants to extend to contract for a year.

Nickolich's one-year contract expired at the end of last year. A monthly cost was unavailable Monday.

Commissioners appointed township manager Harry Faulk as the township's representative to the Allegheny League of Municipalities' annual spring conference in April.

Commissioners approved a $1,315 proposal from David Davis Communications to install two security cameras at the municipal building, one inside and one outside.

They approved a $5,230 proposal from David Davis Communications for the installation of four cameras in the police department to be in accordance with Allegheny County District Attorney guidelines.

Commissioners discussed having security cameras in the public meeting room but did not vote to purchase one.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.