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Water park plan gets board approval

| Thursday, May 1, 2003

Upper St. Clair's parks and recreation board has recommended that the commissioners sign an agreement with the South Hills YMCA to build a water park at Boyce-Mayview Park, but said they should:

  • Ensure that the water park's design will be consistent with the master plan for Boyce-Mayview, a largely undeveloped, wooded area that the muncipality owns along Boyce and Mayview roads.

  • Review and approve a business plan for the water park, before formal approval of the project.

  • Negotiate a significant discount for Upper St. Clair residents who use the park. The YMCA's current plan calls for ending discounts after four years.

    "There will be a significant difference in the fee structure for Upper St. Clair residents," commissioners President Frank Marsh said Monday.

    Commissioner Bill Bates said neither the commissioners nor the public has been able to make suggestions so far on the water park. "I think the residents of this community need to be heard," he said. As early as next week, commissioners could authorize the solicitor to begin formal negotiations with the YMCA on a lease for the land.

    Bethel Park
    Challenger Baseball applications open

    Bethel Baseball Association is accepting applications through May 31 for Challenger Baseball, a new league for 6- to 15-year-old boys and girls in southern or western Allegheny County with special needs. The league's season will run from late June through August and games will be played at Lovejoy Field at Lions Park in Bethel Park. The league is for mentally and physically disabled youth. Family involvement is mandatory. For more information, an application or to become a sponsor or coach, call Jill Krally at (412) 854-0658 or Dave and Jackie Richert at (412) 831-1031.

    Mt. Lebanon
    Seven roads slated for $750,000 repairs

    Mt. Lebanon will spend more than $750,000 to repair seven roads in the community as part of its annual street reconstruction project. All or portions of Inglewood Drive, Old Farm Road, Orchard Drive, Valleyview Road, Alfred Street, Central Way and Austin Avenue are included in the project, awarded to Magnolia Construction Monday night. Alfred Street and Central Way are part of the Clearview Commons parklet project, but were included in the bid as a cost-saving measure. Work is expected to begin about a month.

    Joint maintenance agreement extended

    Mt. Lebanon will continue its joint maintenance agreement between the Mt. Lebanon School District, the municipality and the Youth Sports Alliance. Under the agreement, created in 1999 and extended Monday night to 2006, the school district pays the municipality $83,000 a year for infield renovation work and maintenance of the turf grass athletic fields. The Youth Sports Alliance pays the school $30,000 a year for the services. The school is also responsible for some maintenance, including lawn mowing.

  • The three-way intersection of Cedar Boulevard and Painters Run and Gilkeson roads in Mt. Lebanon will get a new traffic signal. Mt. Lebanon will contribute half of the estimated $105,000 for the design, engineering, construction and inspection of the new signal. The county will pay for the other half.

    Pleasant Hills
    Officials debating Brass Rail sign

    The flashing, moving sign for the Brass Rail restaurant along Route 51 is part of the Pleasant Hills landscape, but borough officials are debating whether it meets zoning ordinance standards. "It's very blatant and it's very distracting, and it's not keeping up with the residential landscape of the community," Mayor Warren Bourgeois said. The sign flashes weekly specials and dance club information, although Bourgeois said flashing and moving signs aren't allowed under the ordinance. Council made no decision at a recent meeting.

    Moon
    Commanders program signup to begin

    The Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce will begin accepting applications for the second Honorary Commanders program class in June.

    The program, a cooperative effort between the chamber, the 911th Airlift Wing and the 99th Regional Support Command, is intended to educate the community on local military units, encourage employer support and foster a better understanding of local military units. Class members are paired with local military leaders who will guide them through a series of experiences and excursions.

    The first class, recently inducted, toured the 911th base at their first outing. The group will visit the 99th Regional Support Command next month.

    Members of the first class are Mike Belsky, Allegheny Department of Economic Development; Don Boyd, Robert Morris University; Kathy Ciesielski, Sign-A-Rama; Robert E. Harper, Springer Bush & Perry; Sean Henderson, Hampton Inn Airport; Cindy Johnston, Sir Speedy Printing; Marcy McKivitz, Adecco Employment Services; Joseph Morinville, Allegheny Financial; Mark Mustio, Hicks Heim Mustio; Ron Pasic, National City; Bob Terwilliger, PBS&J; and David R. Walker, Wal-Mart.

    Any civic or business leader interested in learning more about the program may contact the chamber at (412) 264-6270.

    Bridgeville
    Broom Up day scheduled Saturday

    The first Broom Up Bridgeville day is Saturday, and volunteers are encouraged to clean up the town with a broom, trash bag and gloves. Safety vests will be provided. Volunteers of all ages -- including students who need to fill community service requirements for schools -- should meet at Triangle Park, next to the borough library, and work from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Scott
    Center to dedicate playground Sunday

    The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh's South Hills center will hold a groundbreaking and dedication ceremony on Sunday for the Marci Lynn Bernstein Playground for children with special needs. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. at the center on Kane Boulevard, Scott. The playground will be one of only two adaptive playgrounds in western Pennsylvania. Jewish Community Center members, staff, families from the Early Childhood Development Center and community volunteers will help to assemble the playground from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

    Notes:

  • North Fayette: A blood drive is set for Monday and Tuesday at Parkway West Area Vocational-Technical School, 7101 Steubenville Pike. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the health assistant program at the school is urging community members, students and faculty to donate.

  • Scott: Commissioners voted unanimously last week not to relax the township noise ordinance to allow PennDOT to work at night this summer during reconstruction of Greentree Road between Cochran Road and Route 50. Officials said this means the project probably will go into next summer, instead of being done in October. Several residents had urged the commissioners not to allow the nighttime work.

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