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Commissioners clear way for Level Green restaurant to get liquor license

| Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 8:53 p.m.

A new Level Green restaurant is one step closer to getting a liquor license.

Penn Township commissioners voted 4-0 last week to approve the transfer of a license to Giuseppe's Café on Route 130 from Caffe Barista in Greensburg. Commissioner Paul Wersing was absent.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board required the township officials' approval before it considers whether to transfer the license to Joe Cugliari's restaurant at 833 Route 130.

This fall, the restaurant took over the space for Bone Works Grill, which Cugliari opened in Level Green Plaza in 2011. Cugliari's company, Pento LLP, owns the plaza.

Cugliari needed to get a new license because of state law that requires the license attached to Bone Works Grill to be placed in “safekeeping” status with the LCB after the restaurant was closed for 15 days.

That status means the license is current but not in operation. It may be sold during the three years it is held in safekeeping, LCB spokeswoman Stacy Kriedeman said.

“You still maintain ownership of the license, but the board is holding it,” she said.

Board vacancies

Commissioners might schedule interviews for residents who want to serve on any township boards or commissions.

Officials are accepting letters of interest for the following positions: planning and zoning commission, four-year term; zoning hearing board, five-year term; Penn Area Library board, three-year term; Penn Township Sewage Authority, five-year term; Western Westmoreland Municipal Authority, five-year term; civil service board, six-year term; vacancy board, one-year term; and police pension board, one-year term.

Only three of the terms are paid positions. The sewage authority pays $200 a month, the zoning hearing board pays $100 a month, and planning and zoning pays $55 a month.

First-year Commissioner Larry Harrison requested the interviews because he hasn't met many of the people who are seeking reappointment.

“I'm not for an automatic reappointment,” he said.

Commissioners said they might conduct interviews in December.

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and qualifications to Manager Bruce Light, 2001 Municipal Court, Harrison City, PA 15636 or email him at brucelight@penntwp.org.

Centax lawsuit?

A group of municipal solicitors in Westmoreland County is considering suing Central Tax Bureau, Penn Township solicitor Les Mlakar said.

The agency, which went out of business, previously was responsible for collecting the township's per-capita and occupational residency taxes. Commissioners hired the township's treasurer and tax collector, Larry Wojcik, to take over those duties.

The township's collection of those taxes was delayed until this month because of the agency's issues. The bills normally are sent during the summer.

Other municipalities throughout the state have filed lawsuits against the agency this year.

New stun guns

Police Chief John Otto said his officers have been trained on new stun guns, which the township bought for about $24,000.

The devices replaced a series of 10-year-old stun guns. Otto said the devices typically wear out after five years.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8671 or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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