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Port Vue authorizes 'knockout shift' for borough police

| Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011

Port Vue soon will see increased police presence on borough streets.

At Tuesday night's meeting, council authorized additional work shifts for the police department. The focus of the "knockout shift," which runs from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., will be to monitor curfew violations and nuisance quad riding.

"This is going to be an ongoing thing," Mayor Brien Hranics explained. "We've been getting a lot of complaints about quad riding on the streets and on private property doing some damage."

Police Chief Bryan R. Myers explained that nuisance quad riders will go before the magistrate and their vehicles will be confiscated, which will result in costly fines and fees to the owner.

The Port Vue curfew requires anyone under the age of 18 be off the streets between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Last weekend, police cited seven curfew violators and they expect more.

Hranics urges residents to keep their children off the streets.

"There will be no exceptions," he said.

First offenders will be given 10 hours of community service, while repeat offenders and their parents could face fines of $300 each.

Council also approved a $5,000 expenditure for the police department to purchase one new shotgun, and three mobile and six portable Kenwood analog radios.

In street news, council approved funding for a $239,228 paving project which will see a total reconstruction on June Drive as well as repaving on Pike Street, Romine Avenue and McClelland Road.

Committee chairman Bryan Myers II said construction is expected to begin as soon as possible with the work being completed before winter.

"I would like to thank Joan (Winters), our borough manager, the committee and all of the council for all of their hard work on this because this is a major project," council president Mark Tortorice said.

The Port Vue Citizens Committee's annual community yard sale is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interested residents may call 412-672-4303 for information or to register.

The borough will sponsor a flu shot clinic on Monday from 1-3 p.m. at the borough building. Shots are free for residents.

Also on the calendar is Port Vue's fall clean-up day, which will take place Oct. 1-2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bins again will be located on the Romine playground on the days of collection. Assistance with offloading vehicles will be available at the site.

Acceptable items include construction debris, furniture and appliances.

Liquids such as paint and motor oil must be mixed with an absorbent material, such as cat litter. No household chemicals will be accepted.

Lawn debris, such as shrubs and downed trees, will also be accepted. Residents can contact the borough office for more information.

"We encourage you to take advantage of this. Go to your neighbors and ask if they need help; if they have something that needs tossed," Councilman Frank Cortazzo said. "So if you have things that the garbage collectors won't take, now is the time."

"Clean up your property keep Port Vue looking beautiful," Tortorice added.

Council also welcomed its newest junior council member, Eddie Hart.

Hart, a senior at South Allegheny High School, was sworn in at Tuesday's meeting by Hranics and welcomed by council.

"I want to take advantage of the opportunity and learn all that I can," Eddie said. "My dad encouraged me to get involved with the Boy Scouts and because of that I really want to help make a difference in the community."

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