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Council denies alcohol permits at Murrysville Community Park

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

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.

Cohen returns

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.

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