Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 29, 1993 · Page 49
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IV. West: IhursJav. Julv JN. 1W W-5- BRIDGEVILLE 5T0-R0X Suit calling for ouster of board is dismissed Residents say they had no voice in realty tax boost or furloughs of teachers, custodians in '92 By Ken Fisher Posl-Gdulte Stdtl Writer An Allegheny County Common Pleas judge has dismissed a residents' lawsuit calling for the ouster of the Sto-Rox board of control, the superintendent and the business manager. The state-appointed board of control announced the ruling by Judge Gerard Bigley during last week's meeting, in which it also announced the resignation of Audrey Wood, business manager. Thomas Romett, chairman of the board of control, which is running the financially distressed district, said he was pleased at the court decision. "My appeal to the citizens is that if they have concerns, they should not file lawsuits," Romett said. "That money doesn't come out of my pocket. Those are dollars that can buy computers and books." Sandy Thornburg" one of the more than 25 plaintiffs in the suit, said she was not surprised at the decision. "I don't trust the judicial system," she said. "I have mixed emotions about it. There's a possibility that we will appeal." The lawsuit, which was filed Jan. 11 by Sto-Rox taxpayers identified as the Quality Management Council, sought to oust the state-appointed officials and other Up and away Jeffrey Aldridge, 3, gets a push from his grandfather Rich Gossic on a Campaign By Ken Fisher Post Ga;'clTe Slitl Witor Despite criticism from one of its board members, a local tourism group has launched a program of activities to attract visitors to the airport area. The Tourism Enhancement Authority for Municipalities, or TEAM, will contribute to the volunteer cleanup of the next section of the Montour Trail for walkers, hikers and bikers. Janet Lockhart, TEAM chairwoman, said the Montour Trail will bring in tourist dollars because people come from out of town to use the trails and often spend money at nearby restaurants and shops. The first portion of the trail has opened from the Five Points intersection to the Parkway West overpass at the Park West Office Park in Findlay. The next portion is through Moon from the parkway to the Groveton section (Route 51) in Robinson. Lockhart said commercials publicizing the organization and featuring the economic promise of the Route 60 corridor will be shown on cable television networks CNN and ESPN. Produced recently by Beaver-based HIS Communications, the 10-second promotion features Lockhart as spokeswoman for the authority. It will be broadcast for 14 weeks. TEAM also will collect brochures WE'RE Newest trends mm ; Lifetime guarantee Free measuring Low : (National purcnasing Greatest name brand selection 100 Customer convenience Call 24 hrs. for a free in-home consultation Phone 257-2950 Custom Draperies & Accessories Blinds Verticals Shades Shutters Toppers Duette LEVOLOR HUNTER DOUGLAS DEL MAR LOUVERDRAPE M 8. B KIRSCH LAFAYETTE VEROSOL OHLINE administrators because they hadn't taken taxpayers into account in their decisions. Thomburg cited specifically a 19.3-mill tax increase in July 1992 and the furlough of teachers, custodians and other employees last year. "It wasn't a frivolous lawsuit." she said. "We felt there were valid points in our case." Romett said the ruling closed another chapter in the district's unhappy story. "There are enough problems with the finances here." Romett said. "This suit was disruptive. The time the administrative staff and board spent in responding to the suit was in excess of $20,000." Romett said about $7,000 of those expenses were legal fees. "When you inherit a $2.7 million deficit, there will be difficult decisions to make," Romett said. "We don't enjoy the job, but that's why we're here." The state Department of Education in May 1992 appointed a three-member board of control to operate the district until its deficit was eradicated. Until then, the elected school directors have no authority in operations of the school system, which covers Mckees Rocks and Stowe. Thornburg said she's surprised that the board of control was so concerned about spending money for legal fees when it didn't hesitate to hire an independent cleaning contractor to replace striking janitors. "And they aren't worried about spending more money to bus our kids three communities away to Western Hills School." she said, referring to Sto-Rox's attempt to purchase the school in Moon for elementary pupils. The district had planned to close its dilapidated elementary buildings. In other action, Romett said he was sorry to see the departure of Wood. She has accepted a job in the business office of the Riverside Beaver County School District. Wood had worked more than two vears at Sto-Rox. She will be replaced temporarily by Paul Imig, who had worked in the business office in the Hopewell Area School District, also in Beaver County. Romett said Imig will work for about two months until a permanent business manager can be hired. Sto-Rox also is looking for a superintendent to succeed Thomas Turnbaugh, who will leave at the end of August to become chief administrator of the Bentworth School District in Washington County. ji vl : T- sgsm if i- - x. L 4' to lure tourists starts and advertisements from regional businesses and recreation attrac- tions that could appeal to out-of-towners. The materials will be displayed for a visitors center, which is planned for the near future. A location hasn't been determined. Another project is a "business beautification" contest that will feature local establishments improving the exterior appearance of their sites. The authority consists of municipal representatives from Collier, Moon ancr Robinson. The organization's slogan is "Pittsburgh's NeWEST side." . - Moon Supervisor Edwin Nelson, a TEAM board member, earlier this month was critical of the organization and he recommended that the township explore other options .before joining the organization. None of the remaining supervi ON CAMPUS Penn State The Beaver County Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Brodhead Cultural Center's outdoor J.P. Giusti Amphitheater on the Penn State Beaver Campus, Brodhead Road, Center. The Baker-Dunhan Museum of Mr:S:Minib!inr3 NOT JUST MINIBLINDS ANYMORE. Lowest prices Free installation power (serving wu cities) lorry hams Post-Ga?ette swing Monday in Carnegie Park. sors seconded Nelson's recommendation. Membership in TEAM was approved with only Nelson dissenting. He had reservations about the organization because it had not involved the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, which is based in Moon. Tom Sheehan, a chamber board member and general manager of the Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel, dispelled that notion. "On behalf of the chamber, while some of the directors share Ed Nelson's concern that TEAM not become a bureaucracy, the alternative of not doing anything is certainly worse," Sheehan said. "The chamber is, and always has been, willing to work with TEAM. Any feeling that there's some conflict between TEAM and the chamber is probably untrue, and we'd like to inform the public of that." local history will be open one hour before the "show and the Cultural Center concession stand will be open before and during the performance. Free parking is available at the center and on the campus. For information, call 773-3000. overhead J, Moone service : 5 ft 3 Residents say commuters turn streets into park-and -ride lots By Jim McMahon Tr -Sv-:- Sock's & V-as Ser.'Ce Fearing that Bridgeville's residential streets have become free park-and-ride lots, council decided July 12 to examine means to steer more motorists into metered parking sites. Diane Evangelista of Dewey Avenue complained that problems with all-day parkers were irritating residents and that local officials should place restrictions on . commuters who park in residential neighborhoods.- She said the present unrestricted parking situation on many borough streets "gives the police department no viable tool for enforcement while it's a known fact that our parking lots are empty." Council delays vote on office complex By Jim McMahon Tri-State Spoils & News Service Believing it better to be safe than sorry, Bridgeville council July 12 delayed action on a proposed plan to construct a two-story office complex along Washington Avenue. The land to be developed in the 600 block of Washington Avenue and bordered by Bank Street extension is owned by Paul Rankin and once was the site of a theater, apartments and an auto parts store. The building housing them was damaged seriously by fire five years ago and was demolished in 1991. Borough officials have complained about the unsightly condition of the wooden fencing surrounding the heavily weeded lot. Rankin and his associates, architect Al Mitchell and contractor Paul Bridges, offered details of the project at the July 12 meeting. The project already has won the approval of the borough's planning commission. Although council wants the property to be developed, it decided to delay action on it after it was noted that a complete report of the planning commission's review was lacking. The relocation of an -electrical transformer and the expense of rewiring the area, estimated at I (PIT SWUiS I WE HAVE IT ALL (P(l,lDDL0W PRICES Over 1 Evanglista said council should impose a three-hour parking limit between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. along Dewey Avenue and Bank and Station streets. Warren Cecconi. the borough administrator, said that strategy "might simply force people to park farther up on other streets when we want them in designated lots." He favored a boroughwide permit system proposed recently by Councilman Barry Woodhall that would limit residential street parking to residents having designated permits purchased at a nominal yearly charge from the borough. An operator of a beauty shop told council she was afraid of confrontations with all-day parkers who monopolize the streets near her place of business, restricting customer $15,000 to $20,000, concerned borough Manager Warren Cecconi. "We're not going to make a quick decision and pay for it for over 20 years," Cecconi' said. The plan's proposed extension of footings two feet past the property line also drew criticism. Santo Magliocca, council president, said everything in connection with the project "must be in writing and must be verified." He said council had to examine Man faces charges Carnegie police have arrested a 30-year-old man in connection with an kidnapping and carjacking incident in the borough earlier this month. Curtis Lee Fordham. 30, whose last known address was the 900 block of Idlewood Avenue in Carnegie, was arrested early yesterday morning on charges of robbery of a motor vehicle, robbery, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, kidnapping and simple assault. Fordham is accused of forcing himself into a car driven by a 16-year-old male who had stopped at a stop sign on Broadway Avenue near East Main Street. Brandishing a knife, police said, a man threatened Wherever You Buy Your Pet Supplies' You Owe It To Yourself To Compare! 2,000 Items in Stock &rpn nsaff RACEWAY PLAZA 2100 WASHINGTON PIKE HEIDELBERG, PA. 279-4119 and local residential parking. Santo Magliocca, council president, acknowledged the growing problem and said that "too many people are parking on our streets and taking the bus" and "turning our town into one big parking lot." Besides to non-residents, he said, many residents park at sites near , bus stops to "save their steps and their money." Mike Connolly, secretary of the Bridgeville Parking Authority, said he would welcome efforts to en-; courage parking in the authority's ; seven lots, which "operate at about ; 50 percent capacity." : With monthly permits costing $15 ; or $20, depending on the lot, and 25 ; cents an hour for metered parking, : "it's certainlv cheap enough to park ; here," he said. the developer's agreements more closely to assure that the borough wouldn't suffer financially. Bridges chided council members, saving, "I don't know if you are serious in wanting us to build it." Rankin, whose interest in the project was sparked by low mortgage and construction interest rates, noted that with no real strong tenants lined up, he would be willing to wait. in Carnegie theft the teen and ordered him to drive for an hour to various locations in Carnegie and Pittsburgh before get-.' ting out at East Main and Chestnut streets. He also robbed the teen of $9. West Hills Par 3 AMC CD EE GOLFING PAL WIlC mCC WITH COUPON When You Pay One S3.95 Green Fee In July 1993 2ND ROUND S2-FREE SEPT. THRU APRIL LONG YARDAGE 210 175 150 145 135135 130 120 100 Green Fee $095 Club Rentals 9 50day 262-9331 In Moon Two.: by (Business Rout 60). Exit at (Flaugherty Run Exit) & go 500 ft. to stop sign at intersection (by Unger Motor Homes). Turn right & go 1 mile. uQiVTMi nnivoo A

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