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Monongahela's aquatorium, gazebo looking better

| Thursday, July 11, 2013, 1:26 a.m.

Two of Monongahela's “focal points” – the gazebo at Chess Street and the Noble J. Dick Aquatorium – have or are being improved.

Councilwoman Claudia Williams reported during a business meeting Wednesday night that the gazebo roof is now complete.

Councilman Tom Caudill recognized Williams for her work on the project.

“The gazebo is a focal point of the city,” Caudill said. “This enhances it. People are talking about how beautiful the facility is and, Claudia, you should be commended.”

Williams credited Councilman Ken Kulak for design work on the project.

Williams said work on a building that includes indoor restrooms at the Aquatorium is nearing completion.

In a related matter, council heard the first reading of a proposed ordinance regulating conduct on public grounds, in public buildings and on property owned or leased by the city.

The ordinance restricts animal access, identifies areas for smoking and provides for adult supervision of children.

Williams said the ordinance proactively aims to prevent public safety problems at the Aquatorium.

In other news, resident Johanna Rubino asked council to remove a “no parking” sign at an alley between Eighth and Ninth streets. Rubino said some shoppers believe the sign to means they cannot park in front of Main Street Antiques. Police Chief Brian Tempest said people should logically conclude that the sign indicates the alley it is posted in front of should not be blocked. But he said he would check with the street department to determine if there are signs that indicate “do not block the alley.”

Rubino also complained about an abundance of lawn mowers at Beck's Garage on Fourth Street near her home.

Councilman Bill Hess Sr. agreed that the city has been dealing with problems at the property for a number of years. He said city officials will give the property owner a deadline to clean up the property.

In other business, council:

• Agreed to pay its local share of $2,770 for the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority.

• Announced that the city has added a Twitter account and Facebook page to provide information to the public. Mayor Bob Kepics, though, said after the meeting that police reports will not be published on the Facebook page.

• Announced that the city's monthly beautification award was presented for the property at 614 Grandview Drive. Kepics said residents have “stepped up and made their yards beautiful” since he began giving out the award.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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