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Scam artist warning issued

| Thursday, March 6, 2008

South Union residents and visitors should be on the lookout for scam artists soliciting donations from motorists at the intersection of Route 21 and Matthew Drive, township supervisors reported.

The township has a no-solicitation ordinance.

Supervisor Rick Vernon reported six people were seeking donations from drivers Feb. 26. An alert resident notified state police, who issued citations to three of the six. Those cited were from Michigan and New Mexico. Vernon said to report similar activities by calling supervisors on weekdays and police at other times.

Supervisor Robert Schiffbauer reported that road work will begin in that area in June. The $3.2 million project will receive $1 million in federal funds and the balance in state funds. The township will not be responsible for its usual 20-percent match because supervisors and township transportation coordinator William Piper leveraged money paid for Matthew Drive improvements by Widewaters Development for the township's share.

The project will involve widening Matthew Drive, adding two traffic lights and additional on and off lanes to Route 119.

Supervisors chose K2 Engineering of Uniontown as project inspector. Dick Corporation of Pittsburgh is alternate and Pennoni Associates of Pittsburgh will be used if the other two cannot complete the work. Schiffbauer said the engineering represents between 10 percent and 12 percent of the project cost.

In other business, supervisors:

= Changed voting district 1 to Laurel Highlands Middle School and district 2 to Hatfield Elementary School. Laurel Highlands School District approved the changes. The county commissioners must give final approval.

= Approved rezoning 1.29 acres on Walnut Hill Road from conservation to general business. Johnny Ritz, who owns the vacant property, requested the change, which the township planning commission and the Fayette County Office of Planning, Zoning and Community Development approved.

= Appointed Supervisor Thomas Frankhouser to the township planning commission for four years effective March 10. He replaces Richard Hughes, who did not seek an additional term.

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