JH Council gives go-ahead to Beedle Park renovation

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Gateway Engineers will proceed with the design for the first phase to improve Beedle Park in Jefferson Hills.

Borough council on April 14 approved the move to get started, capping the expense at $16,000.

Full-size soccer and football fields are planned for the park. A baseball field already exists in the 126-acre park.

“We squeezed every inch out of this,” said Rick Minsterman, project manager for Gateway Engineers.

With the addition of the larger fields, parking space has been reduced.

The planned renovations to the park are seen to meet the needs of the community, although some residents involved with the borough recreation organizations aren't pleased about losing the use of fields for three playing seasons.

If work starts this summer, grass can be planted in the fall with additional plantings the following spring and fall.

Jefferson Hills received a $125,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to develop the park. There are five parks in the borough.

The grant will cover part of the $250,000 cost of the latest phase of a park expansion project that was approved in 2010 as part of a comprehensive plan.

New police weapons

Borough police officers soon will have new handguns.

Council approved the purchase of 20 Glock .40-caliber pistols for $8,180 at its meeting on April 14. The entire force of 17 will be equipped.

For years, the officers have supplied their own guns, police Chief Gene Roach said. If their weapons became inoperable, officers stayed home.

“We'll be training with them,” he said. “Now, they're compatible, liability is lower and we've got more control over them.“

During the last couple of years, his request had been part of his department's capital improvement plan.

With the new weapons, “this is more professional and in line with best practices,” Roach said.

Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or ddreeland@tribweb.com.

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