Library project moves ahead
ROSTRAVER TOWNSHIP - The township commissioners Wednesday approved the final land development plans for a new Rostraver Public Library.
The one-story, 8,000-square-foot building will be built on a 2.69-acre parcel behind the Willow Pointe Plaza Shop 'n Save on Route 51. Jay and Sherry Lustig, of Bellvue Partners LP, donated the land in 2000.
A 200-year-old church in the village of Fellsburg has served as the community's library since the late 1980s.
The $1.5 million fund-raising campaign for the new library began in 2001 and is ongoing.
At last night's meeting, fundraising committee Chairman John Maisch thanked the board for its cooperation in moving the project forward.
Project officials must restore a water retention pond at the site and prove that it is functioning properly to satisfy environmental regulations before a building permit can be issued.
Maisch said about $940,000 has been collected for the project. To donate, call Maisch at (724) 872-8231.
In an unrelated matter, commission Chairman Donald Yoder said residents should expect "hefty" waste removal fee increases next year.
Yoder said the commissioners used up a $100,000 surplus in the solid waste removal fund over the past few years to lower the rates from $65 to $40 a year for senior citizens and from $85 to $65 a year for other residents.
He said the rates have been low for years because of a healthy working relationship with long-time hauler Agape Trucking Inc., of Rostraver Township.
However, the recent spike in gas prices and consistent insurance increases will drive an as-yet undetermined rate increase, Yoder said.
In other business:
n Commissioner Bill Melilli said state Rep. R. Ted Harhai (D-Monessen) will donate 60 trees to shield residences from stadium lights at a ballfield in the sports complex near the municipal building. Melilli said the buffer zone should be complete by year's end.
n The commissioners said they still are awaiting approval from the state Department of Environmental Protection for plans involving sewer line installation along the Route 51 and in the Interstate 70 corridor. The line is part of a multi-million dollar sewage project.
n The board appointed residents Tony Boscan, Jerry Smith, Georgia Brown, Philip Giordano, Larry Vachon and Frank Lorenzo to the Long Range Plan Committee. Last month, Melilli suggested the township establish the committee to address future development.