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After court ruling, Ross Township to offer prayers before meetings

| Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 12:36 p.m.

Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prayers at local council meetings did not violate the Constitution, a Ross Township commissioner announced plans to pray before each meeting.

At the commissioners meeting May 5, Commissioner Dan DeMarco said he had prepared a prayer but would wait to read it until the township solicitor reviewed the ruling.

“I personally am really happy with the ruling,” DeMarco said. “I think we're all Christians here on the board, and that really is who that invocation is for.”

Earlier in the day, the court in Washington, D.C., issued a 5-4 decision that supported Greece, N.Y., a municipality outside of Rochester that was sued by non-Christians for offering Christian prayers before meetings. The court majority said the practice does not exclude or coerce nonbelievers.

Pool passes

Ross commissioners approved making a payment of up to $10,000 to Bellevue so Ross Township residents can be charged the resident rate for season passes to use the Bellevue Memorial Park Pool this summer.

Commissioners approved the plan to make the payment by a 7-0 vote. Commissioners Dave Mikec and Grant Montgomery were absent.

The payment will cover the difference in pool rates for Bellevue residents and nonresidents.

Pool passes can be purchased from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Bellevue Borough Hall, 537 Bayne Avenue in Bellevue

Resident rates for pool passes are $65 for children, $75 for adults and $50 for senior citizens. Family passes range from $100 to $150.

The pool, in Bellevue Memorial Park on Bellevue Road, will open May 24.

Kelsey Shea is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6353 or kshea@tribweb.com.

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