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Communications firm sues over unpaid bills

| Sunday, March 31, 2002

A Plum businesswoman whose company provides Plum School District with telephone systems and voice mail networks has filed a civil action against the district for what she claims are nearly $5,000 in unpaid bills.

Mary Ronco, owner of Allegheny Communication Systems on Shasta Drive in Plum, filed three separate civil actions in Plum District Justice Linda Zucco's office.

Ronco filed one action against Plum School District for $4,992. The paperwork in Zucco's office states, the school district "owes past due invoices from November 2001."

"We made a business decision with Mary Ronco's company, and she was not happy with the decision," Plum spokeswoman Dawn Check said. "I am not at liberty to comment on the unpaid invoices."

Ronco also filed separate actions against two employees of the Plum School District.

Ronco filed a civil lawsuit against Ed Hela, Plum's director of educational technology services, for $4,985 for "interference with my ability to do business" in the Plum School District.

Ken Stancliffe, Plum's supervisor of facilities, also is named in a civil action for $4,262 because he allegedly "interfered with business on-site at Plum schools."

Hela and Stancliffe could not be reached for comment Friday.

Hearings on all three actions are scheduled for 9 a.m. April 30 before Zucco.

In a telephone interview last week, Ronco said she has provided telephone services and voice mail hardware to the Plum School District for seven years.

In addition to the Plum School District, Ronco lists the City of Pittsburgh Department of General Services as a client.

"I told the (Plum) school district two months ago I would give them another 30 days (to pay the invoices)," Ronco said. "The work was done in October. They are hurting me financially. Don't they value their telephone system?"

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