Sunday, May 19, 2013
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A look at candidates appearing on the spring ballot in for Sewickley Council.
The Pennsylvania primary takes place on May 21. The candidates seeking office in Sewickley are: Mayor: Brian Jeffe, Democrat, incumbent No Republican candidate Tax collector: No candidate Ward 1. Two seats: Susan Aleshire, Republican, incumbent Charles G. Discoll, Republican, incumbent No Democratic candidate Ward two. One seat: Todd Renner, Republican No Democratic candidate Ward three. Two seats: Larry Rice, Republican Stan Ference, Republican, incumbent No Democratic candidate
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The site of a former specialty cars site will soon house a Class A office facility, developers say.
Developers have received final approval to construct a 30,000 square-foot office building at the site of the former Ascot Imported Cars Inc. near the corner of Thorn and Walnut Street. Peter Friday, of the Pittsburgh-based Forbes Trails Development and project manager, said crews will break ground on the Class A office building in May. The building is the first of three planned phases for the project, Friday said. Sewickley Council approved a conditional use application for the development Monday. Friday's company Thorn-Walnut Management, LLC, purchased properties spanning 413 to 417 Thorn Street in June 2012. Friday said his firm is in talks with several entities interested in leasing space in the building, including a law firm and …
Monday, November 19, 2012
The council meeting takes place at 7:30 p.m.
Sewickley property owners could see a lower millage rate in 2013, but that's primarily because the Allegheny County property reassessments increased property values in the spring countywide. Sewickley Council plans to formerly adopt a final $4.9 million budget tonight at 7:30 p.m. during the regular meeting. If approved, the budget would keep service levels while reducing taxes from 7.3 mills to 6.5 mills. At 6.5 mills, a property owner would pay $650 in real estate taxes for each $100,000 of assessed property value. Under the law, Borough Manager Kevin Flannery said the allowable amount of real estate taxes the borough can collect in 2013 cannot exceed 5 percent of the 2012 assessed real estate valuation. But without finalized figures …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The district will start the process of informing parents beginning in December.
Quaker Valley School District officials met with local residents Monday night to present future student drop-off plans for the renovated middle school. Joseph Marrone, director of administrative services, explained the plan to a handful of residents and fielded questions during an informational meeting at the Sewickley municipal building. With student safety being the top priority, Marrone said the ultimate plan is to keep students and pedestrians separate from buses. "We also want to make it less of an impact on the whole neighborhood," Marrone said. School buses will enter behind the school to drop off students. When exiting, buses will turn left toward Chestnut Street to avoid bringing additional traffic on Harbaugh Street. Parents …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Council voted not to hire a consultant to perform a feasibility study of Ohio River Boulevard.
A study to explore ways to beautify Route 65, also known as Ohio River Boulevard, in Sewickley and Edgeworth is lacking support from one local community. Sewickley Council voted 8-1 Monday not to accept the PA Route 65, Ohio River Boulevard Beautification Feasibility Committee's recommendation to hire Pittsburgh-based Environmental Planning and Design as a project consultant. Councilman Stan Ference made the motion and cast the only vote in favor. Approving the plan would have allowed the five-member committee to use a $20,000 matching state grant to proceed with a feasibility study. "If we don't participate, they will probably lose the grant," said Borough Manager Kevin Flannery. Councilman Robert Glenn said he didn't think a …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The seven pin oaks slated for removal on Peebles Street caused damage to the road as they were being removed.
The seven pin oaks slated for removal on Peebles Street were taken down successfully, but not without mishap. Sewickley Council discussed the blemishes made by Carl’s Tree Service, the contractor who completed the removal, during Monday night’s council meeting. “They did some damage to the road,” said borough manager Kevin Flannery. “We were a little upset by it because we were over there every day working and talking to them.” The 110 foot high trees were infected with oak wilt rot, which had rotted the inside of the trees, causing them to die. Flannery estimates the cost of repairing the road is $3200. “They put the riggers down probably without having wood underneath them, and the weight made holes in the asphalt,” Flannery said. “Or …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Sewickley Council silently declines the request.
The Leetsdale Municipal Authority has re-extended a sewage agreement offer to Sewickley, but it's unlikely that Sewickley officials will accept the proposal. Sewickley Council earlier this month decided not to respond to a letter signed by five members of the Leetsdale Municipal Authority proposing to accept all of the sewage from Sewickley’s plant. LMA is an independent state-approved authority consisting of appointed members from Leetsdale and Edgeworth. The Sewickley Authority is run by borough council. Sewickley Manager Kevin Flannery said the Leetsdale Municipal Authority extended a similar offer in 2009, when a study showed it wouldn’t be financially beneficial for Sewickley to go to Leetsdale. At the Oct. 13, 2009 council meeting, …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Trees affected by oak wilt will be eliminated and replaced.
Sewickley Council awarded a $13,500 contract Tuesday night, moving forward with a tree removal project on Peebles Street. The contract went to Carl’s Tree Service of West Mifflin, which presented the lowest of four bid offers. Borough Manager Kevin Flannery said the cost was much lower than the $30,000 to $35,000 pricetag expected for the work. The project involves the removal of six trees on Peebles Street that are infected with oak wilt rot, a contagious tree disease caused by a fungus that dehydrates trees and eventually kills them. Flannery said the roots are basically rotting on the trees, each of which weigh about 80 tons. “We know there’s a defect. We have to address it,” Flannery said. Mayor Brian Jeffe asked if the borough has …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Work includes the borough's 2012 road project and the Boundary Street Pump Station project.
Sewickley Council voted Monday night to approve a combined total of more than $1 million in contracts for various projects. Council awarded $553,363 in contracts for the Boundary Street Pump Station project. J.R. Contracting of Eighty Four was awarded a $369,000 contract for mechanical work and Wagner Electric of Pittsburgh was awarded the $184,363 electrical contract. Borough Manager Kevin Flannery said this is the last pump station to be replaced. The pump station located by the Water Authority plant is part of the borough's main system. Council also awarded a $456,302 contract to T.A. Robinson Asphalt Paving, Inc. of Bridgeville, to perform paving work as part of the borough’s 2012 road project. Officials said the bid was well within …