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On the “Watch List”: Murray Avenue in Arnold. A car on Tuesday smashed through a home at the bottom of this very steep road. Residents have complained about the hill in the past and officials last year banned large trucks from it after more resident complaints. But what's the city to do? It can't “unsteepen” the hill. This may prove to be a tough nut to crack.

Laurel: To the Highlands School District. The much-anticipated tax delinquent list is set to come out in a week or so. Good. Every school district should be doing this. Before we hear any whining about “people just having a hard time,” remember: Those who got on a payment plan won't be on the list.

Lance: To the Allegheny Valley School Board. Instead of closing Colfax Elementary School, the board is considering spending $5.8 million over the next five years to fix it up. This is for a school that's seen an 11 percent drop in enrollment in just four years. Projections don't get any rosier in the future. Close the school. Spend the savings on reducing your already high debt or maybe even education.

Laurel: To seeing the light. After about three years, the Cheswick Council has finally figured out it makes more sense to buy water from its neighbors in Harmar than spending upward of $2 million to fix its failed water plant. Fixing the plant would've resulted in water rates for Cheswick's 800-plus customers to almost triple. This was such a no-brainer.

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