Council denies alcohol permits at Murrysville Community Park
Alcohol and bocce don't mix — at least not at Murrysville Community Park.
Murrysville Council last week voted 4-2 to deny a proposal to allow alcohol permits to be offered with rental of Leftwich Pavilion at the community park. Councilmen Jeff Kepler and Loren Kase voted to allow alcohol.
Recreation director Rob Hunter said he approached a group of senior citizens to see if they would be interested in hosting bocce matches at the pavilion as a way to stir up rental revenue. They told him they wanted to have beer while playing bocce, he said.
“We don't want any trouble,” Hunter said. “This is a recreational, leisurely thing. If they want to have a couple of beers with bocce or at a family picnics, that's all that would be allowed.”
Alcohol has been allowed in Townsend Park pavilions since 2008. None of the 32 rentals agreements that included had alcohol permits have caused problems, officials said. In 2012, alcohol permits became available at Murrysville Community Center; police have reported no problems there, either.
Hunter said he checked in neighboring communities, and both Monroeville and Greensburg sell alcohol permits for pavilion rentals. There hadn't been problems in those communities either.
Alcohol permits will remain available in Townsend Park and at the community center.
New police captain
Murrysville has a new police captain.
Council last week promoted Detective Sgt. Chuck Tappe Police to captain, effective May 1. Tappe will earn $82,044 annually. He replaces Captain Rob Liermann, who will retire April 30.
A former Murrysville administrator has returned on a part-time basis.
Allen Cohen, former community-development director for the municipality, was hired as municipal planner. Cohen replaces Gina Hoffman, who has provided plan-review services for the municipality since 2004. Cohen, who also works as borough planner in Jefferson Hills, will begin April 21. He will be paid $45 per hour.
“He has expertise and good knowledge of the business of planning but also of Murrysville,” Chief administrator Jim Morrison said. “I believe it will be a good fit moving forward.”
Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.