Sunday, May 19, 2013
We want to know: Will you be headed to the polls?
On Tuesday, Democrats and Republicans across the Commonwealth will make their way to their local polling places and cast their votes for various offices. In our neck of the woods, there are eight candidates running for two open seats for Washington County Common Pleas judge, while several candidates are seeking election to Peters Township Council as well as the Peters Township School Board. Our question: Will you be headed to the polls to support any of these candidates? Take our poll below, and let us know in the comments section who you will be casting your vote for come Tuesday—or why you won't be headed to the polls. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Peters Township Council this week unanimously approved a conditional-use application for the development Fiori's.
Peters Township is one step closer to getting a new Italian sit-down restaurant. Council this week unanimously approved a conditional-use application submitted by Fiorentino Moscatiello to develop his restaurant—Fiori's Pizza and Italian Restaurant—at 3801 Washington Road. This will be the second Fiori's location in the South Hills. The first is located on Capital Avenue in Brookline. However, the approval came with 10 conditions. They include: The building—fomerly a bank—will be modified to enclose two drive-thru tell lanes, turning the former lobby into the main dining area and making two former offices a kids' area for birthday parties and other functions. There will also be a Wi-Fi lounge. The restaurant will seat 100. No delivery will…
No action was taken Monday by council.
Editor's Note: This story was updated at 8:41 am. to correct information on the type of light requested. More than 50 residents have signed a petition asking Peters Township Council to consider the installation of a dusk-to-dawn street light in their neighborhood. While the petition asking for the light at Brookwood Road and Abbey Brook Lane was presented to council Monday, no action was taken. However, council directed the township administration to contact property owners in the area to solicit opinions on the issue, according to Tom Gromek, assistant to the township manager. "We are a connector street with vehicle traffic of 1,100 and 1,500 cars a day and a general lack of lighting in the area," the petition reads. "There is a curvature…
The interim move is to help control traffic when the Valley Brook intersection closes next week.
Peters Township Council approved the installation of an interim stop sign at the intersection of Rock Run Road southbound and Proffer Road, according to The Almanac. Council members hope the sign will help control traffic when the Valley Brook Road and Route 19 intersection closes on May 22. Township Manager Michael Silvestri also proposed stop signs along Gallery Drive northbound and on Stonebrook Drive facing Hoover Lane, however, the council did not approve the motions, according to the report. Council stated it will review other signs as needed. Members felt that implementing all of them prior to the closure was premature, but did not rule our other signs, Silvestri said. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Tell us which candidates you're backing in the May 21 primary.
Four sitting Peters Township school directors and three newcomers are seeking nomination for four seats on the local school board. Six of the candidates have cross-filed and are seeking to secure the Democratic and Republican nominations. Current board President Cindy Golembiewski, current Vice President Lori Cuervo and directors David Paul Hvidos and Sue Smith all cross-filed. Newcomers Lisa Anderson and Rebecca Bowman have also cross-filed for the May 21 primary election. Another candidate, Jamison Hardy, is on the ballot as a Republican only. So, who are you voting for? And why? Tell your neighbors in the comments section below who the most qualified people are. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Construction will begin at the Route 19 and Valley Brook Road intersection May 22.
Peters Township Manager Michael Silvestri released his monthly blog and confirms that the entire Route 19 and Valley Brook Road intersection will close May 22. "This means no access under or onto Route 19 from Valley Brook nor to Old Washington from Valley Brook Road," Silvestri wrote. Click here for project details. Preparation for paving projects in the township begin this week. Actual paving will start around the first week of June. Check back to Patch for updates on road closures. The township is also examining regulations for seismic testing associated with gas drilling. Silvestri asks residents who have been approached by a company for permission to enter their property and have questions to contact him at 724-941-4180 or MASilvestri…
Friday, May 10, 2013
A committee has drafted the township's goals for its next comprehensive plan.
The Plan Peters Steering Committee, which is working on the township's next comprehensive plan, has identified its goals, including increased housing choices and walkable neighborhoods. The following are the top goals of the plan identified through many months of meetings and focus group discussions. The committee will meet again on May 29 and 30 to continue the goals discussion and to begin formulating action steps. Activity Centers Housing Choice & Diversity Stay Forever Green Maintain the Municipal Advantage Build Township Character and Identity Excel in Education and Services Increase Transportation Choice and Walkability lan identified through many months of meetings and focus group discussions. The committee will meet again on …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
See if the decision will affect Peters.
The revised Pennsylvania legislative reapportionment plan was upheld in state Supreme Court, according to the Tribune Review. All appeals to the plan have been dismissed, which sets legislative boundaries based on the 2010 census shift, according to the report. The plan will go into effect in the 2014 election year. The reapportionment will not affect Peters Township's leadership. State Sen. Matt Smith (D-Mt. Lebanon) of the 37th District will lose the boroughs of Avalon and Ben Avon and gain the boroughs of McDonald (Allegheny County portion), Rosslyn Farms, Pennsbury Village and Thornburg, as well as Robinson Township. State Rep. John Maher (R-Upper St. Clair) of the 40th District will remain representative of Upper St. Clair, Peters …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Traffic engineers agree the development will cause a need for Boyce Road improvements, including an additional traffic signal.
Developer John Deklewa detailed the plan to build an apartment complex off of Boyce Plaza Road in Upper St. Clair at the commissioners meeting Monday night. He described the rental complex, called Torrente at Upper St. Clair, as "upscale" and estimated rent for the one- and two-bedroom units would range between $1,200 and $1,800 a month. The plan calls for nine buildings—four would have 30 apartment units and five would have 20 apartment units. Construction would last about two years, and Deklewa hopes to begin in 2013. Deklewa said the apartment neighbors the former Mayview State Hospital, Southwood Psychiatric Hospital and Boyce Mayview Park. A park and trails are proposed for the area near Boyce Mayview Park and a clubhouse close to …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Here is what you need to know about the upcoming improvements to this main throughway.
A multi-million dollar construction project on Valley Brook road will begin later this month, township officials said. Motorists will see an improvement at the state Route 19 and Valley Brook Road intersection in Peters Township starting May 22. Work will begin then to reconstruct and upgrade the intersection to help alleviate congestion. Township Manager Michael Silvestri said about 11,000 vehicles travel through the intersection each day. A state Department of Transportation spokeswoman said the work will also improve the safety of this intersection and improve the flow of traffic through the Route 19 and Valley Brook Road corridors. The work consists of roadway realignment of the intersection and work on four structures that include …