Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Peters Township officials said the new Arrowhead Trail Bridge will be stained causing detours to be in effect for one day only.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Update: The Arrowhead Trail Bridge opened to foot traffic Thursday. Work on the nearly finished Bebout bridge project in Peters Township will cause closures and detours for one day only—today. Bebout Road, at the intersection of Valley Brook Road, is closed today for staining of the new Arrowhead Trail Bridge, township manager Michael Silvestri said. Previously used detours will be in effect. This is expected to be the last road closure for this bridge project, he said. Bebout Road will reopen to traffic Thursday and no further closures are expected. Stay tuned to Peters Patch for more information. Follow Peters Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for our daily newsletter.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
East McMurray Road, near Center Church Road, will be widened and a traffic signal will be added—construction starts April 2.
Peters Township residents will soon be enjoying a wider and safer intersection of East McMurray and Center Church roads. East McMurray Road will be widened to provide right and left turning lanes at the intersection of South Center Church Road, and a left turn lane at the intersection of North Center Church Road. In addition, a new traffic signal will also be added to the South Center Church Road intersection. "This is a high priority project of Peters Township," said township Manager Michael Silvestri. "It is a project that will address the most significant accident intersection off of Route 19." Resurfacing and other miscellaneous construction will be performed within the limits of the project. "The township is financially participating …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The Girl Scouts were also honored, a proposed logging ordinance was discussed and more at Monday’s Peters Township Council meeting.
The ongoing discussion regarding the passing of House Bill 1950/Act 13 continued Monday night when Peters Township Solicitor William Johnson addressed a preliminary draft for a potential legal challenge to the act that multiple boroughs were considering. The draft identifies four main challenge areas proposing that the enactment of this legislation is unconstitutional in terms of individual rights, as well as could be considered a special legislation in favor of one industry. Also, the draft challenge states the bill violates constitutionally-mandated protection of the environment for municipalities as well as the concept of separation of powers because it interferes with judicial and legislative functions. The legal action will most …
Friday, February 17, 2012
Peters Township Manager Michael Silvestri said he's 'amazed that the legislature supported the legislation.'
Many local communities that instituted Marcellus Shale ordinances are now considering joining forces to challenge the state’s new natural gas drilling law. A few days after Gov. Tom Corbett signed the controversial legislation into law, local municipal leaders are complaining that it usurps their authority to oversee zoning rules and gives them little power to regulate the industry in their own towns. It’s unknown which municipal dancing partners they will chose and how they will challenge the law, but it’s clear that many local leaders will be doing everything in their power to fight the legislation. Peters, Cecil, South Strabane and Robinson townships in Washington County, and South Fayette in Allegheny County, all have indicated a …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
In other news, council accepted the resignation of tax appeal counsel Lane Turturice and approved a motion for rezoning property for South Hills Honda's addition.
Audience comments at Monday’s council meeting centered around the ongoing problem with the Peters Creek Sanitary Authority not issuing sewer taps in the watershed. Three local builders voiced strong concerns that nothing is being done and it is impeding progress and costing builders and the township money. They asked council for assistance in getting this settled. “We can’t get lots sold because no sewer permits are being issued,” said local builder Ted Taylor. Peters Township Manager Michael Silvestri said he's been talking to authorities to try to speed up the process and has “hit a brick wall.” He also noted that the Peters Creek Sanitary Authority Board was meeting on Monday and hoped there would be some progress on this issue. Council…
Friday, December 30, 2011
In return, pine mulch will be available for residents at no cost after Feb. 4.
Taking down the Christmas tree is a bittersweet moment, but enlivens a fresh start for a new year. Am I correct? So why not start with recycling? Peters Township will be accepting Christmas trees at Peterswood Park through Jan. 31. Township Manager Michael Silvestri said they should be dropped off at Baseball Field #2's parking lot. In return, pine mulch will be available for residents at no cost after Feb. 4. Public Works Director Peter Overcashier said an average of 200 trees are collected and recycled annually. For questions, call 724-941-6161.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Peters Township Manager Michael Silvestri went over next year's proposed budget. Here are some things you may want to know.
What are the 2012 changes to the Earned Income Tax, and how do they affect you and the neighborhood in which you live? Township manager Michael Silvestri addressed these, and other, concerns at last week’s budget workshop in the caucus room of the municipal building. Last week, he and his assistants, Paul Lauer and Tom Gromek, addressed the press with the key elements to the township’s proposed 2012 budget, which compensates for the expected impact of the Earned Income Tax changes and, as written, does not include any tax increases at the wallets of residents. The changes to the Earned Income Tax, Silvestri explained, are state-made and state-wide, reducing the number of Earned Income Tax collection agencies from 550 to 69, where the tax …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Results show 83 percent of Peters Township voters voted against the referendum question in Tuesday's election.
Peters Township’s prayers were answered—well, mailings—Tuesday night as residents ultimately voted “no” on the drill ban referendum. What does this mean? For one, township Manager Michael Silvestri said he's hoping that everyone understands that council's position wasn't for or against gas drilling, but rather to protect the integrity of the Home Rule Charter—including uncessary lawsuits and wasting money, he said. Specifically, if approved, council said the referendum would have: Post-election, drilling will be permitted—under the conditional-use ordinance that was passed in August. As for a time frame? Any time, Silvestri said, or once the application process begins. The process, he said, usually takes a couple of months as hearings …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
In other news, Silvestri warns residents of a possible 2-mill tax increase for 2012 if drill ban is approved on Election Day.
Peters Township Council Monday night approved an ordinance amending Chapter 27 of the code of Ordinances, Zoning—Permitting Townhouses in the C-4 District as a conditional use. The action, by a 5-2 vote, will allow Kamwood Realty to develop 164 Waterdam Road as a townhouse development. Council members Monica Merrell and Robert Atkison cast the dissenting votes. Kamwood President John Kamin has said his group wants to build 15 townhomes on the property near Waterdam and Galley roads. He said the units would be “moderately priced,” noting that prices for the new townhomes would begin in "the $220,000-225,000 price range" and in the $300,000 range for all the available options. Kamin said his group has completed market surveys and determined …
Monday, October 17, 2011
Manager Michael Silvestri remembers purchasing the Montour Railroad, which he said was one of his original ideas, and fondest moments; The railroad is Peters' Arrowhead Trail today.
June 1, 1976 Michael Silvestri became assistant manager/planning director for Peters Township. Four months prior, he started an internship with the municipality, and four months post-start date he was married (in October). This year, he is celebrating his 35th anniversary working for the township. "I remember I got the Monday off after my wedding and I missed my first planning commission meeting," he laughed. "They approved a plan I didn't recommend, so then I said 'I can't miss anymore meetings!'" That year, the township had switched to a Home Rule Charter, which was one reason Silvestri was hired, he said. "The Home Rule Charter required us to have a planning director. There was a whole turnover in council, which was actually fortunate …