Monday, May 13, 2013
Here's what's happening in Peters Township this week.
Busy week. Here are five things you need to know about. 1. Peters Township Council will hold a meeting, and a public hearing regarding a conditional-use request from Fiori's starting at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the municipal building. 2. The Peters Township school board will hold a finance committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the board room. 3. The Peters Township High School Orchestra Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the high school auditorium. 4. Those wishing to purchase tickets to the Peters Township School District Kennywood Day may do so from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the middle school. Those coming to purchase tickets are asked to enter through the LGI entrance. 5. The Peters Township High School Wind Symphany concert will be …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Councilwoman Monica Merrell faces opposition in the May 21 primary election.
Although there are four seats on Peters Township Council up for grabs in the November general election, only one district race will be contested in the primary. Three township residents will be vying for the Republican nomination to a four-year seat in District B. Incumbent Monica Merrell, the president of Vesta Business Services and member of council since 2008, will be facing off against Theodore J. Taylor IV and Michele A. Hvizdos. Taylor is a real estate broker. Hvizdos did not immediately return a message seeking further information on he background. Councilman Stiegel Jr. is seeking the Republican nomination for the open four-year at-large seat. In District A, Councilman David M. Ball is seeking re-election. He is the only candidate …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
A possible amendment to include regulations for seismic testing associated with Marcellus Shale drilling is being addressed by council. And one company has said it would like to commence that activity in a portion of the community.
Peters Township Council on Monday discussed amending its oil and gas ordinance to include regulations for seismic testing. Seismic testing is used in the Marcellus Shale industry to determine the geo structure of an area, and where the best place would be to commence drilling activities. Manager Michael Silvestri said the solicitor is reviewing language in the oil and gas drilling ordinances of nearby Cecil and Robinson townships regarding seismic testing. Council took no action on the proposed amendment, instead opting to allow its solicitor to tweak language to ensure that it is compliant with the state's law governing Marcellus Shale drilling, known as Act 13. Silvestri noted that the topic of seismic testing was brought up a second …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Busy week. Here are five things that should be on your radar.
Here are five things you need to know this week: 1. Peters Township Council will meet for its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the municipal building. 2. The Peters Township steering committee dealing the the community's comprehensive plan will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal building. The meeting will be held in council chambers. 3. The sale of Kennywood tickets for the Peters Township School District's annual picnic will begin Thursday. Click here for more information. 4. Parents and students are invited to attend a college planning night at Peters Township High School at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, click here. 5. Applications for the Freddie Fu Scholarship Program 2013 for Juniors must be postmarked …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Peters Council went against township staff's recommendation.
Peters Township Council awarded a contract to Premier Com to install and maintain a new phone system for township buildings. Premier Com submitted the least expensive bid. The second lowest was Advent Communications, whose bid was about $2,000 more than Premier Com. Township staff recommended council award the contract to Advent because the company is an authorized dealer of the Avaya phone system with a silver designation. The designation has to do partly with the number of trained and certified technicians the company has, according to township officials. A representative for Premier Com argued at the meeting last week that its trainers were qualified and expressed his desire to do the work for the township. The current phone system …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Peters Township Council on Monday night voted to appoint three new members to its Youth Commission. Find out who are the new members!
Peters Township Council on Monday night voted to appoint three new members to its Youth Commission. The council selected Kelly Rogers Bootman, Raymond Hsieh and Jamison Hardy to three of the five open slots on the commission. Bootman’s term expires in 2014; Hsieh’s term is up in 2015; and Hardy’s seat is up in 2016. There are still two more positions open on the nine-person board, but it’s not known if the council plans to fill those seats or keep the commission at its current size. The council members interviewed 10 candidates over several months.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Peters Township Council is waiting a little longer to fill five vacancies on the municipality’s youth commission.
Peters Township Council is waiting a little longer to fill five vacancies on the municipality’s youth commission. The council members have interviewed nine of the 10 candidates and want to wait until the process is over. There are five openings on the youth commission. The interview process began two months ago, and officials are confident they will conduct the final interview before the next meeting. “I think we would appreciate a little more time to think about it and review some of the documentation that they supplied,” Chairman Frank Arcuri said during the council’s Monday night voting meeting. Councilman David Ball asked township Manager Michael Silvestri to compile the list of candidates and their resumes to help them choose. Ball …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Peters Township Council agreed to allow the community’s firefighters to install an electronic sign outside its fire department, although not everyone is happy about it.
Peters Township Council agreed to allow the community’s firefighters to install an electronic sign outside its fire department on East McMurray Road. The volunteer fire department wants to place the $22,000 electronic sign board inside its entrance marquee to make motorists and residents aware of fundraisers and community events. But not everyone on council is happy with the signs. Councilman Robert Lewis voted against the motion because he thinks the electronic signs are “ugly.” He said other electronic signs in the township, such as the one outside the Walgreens on Route 19, were sold as community outreach opportunities, but usually just advertise products. “I’m going to vote no because I object to these signs, period,” Lewis said. “I …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
An overflowing crowd attended the last hearing.
Peters Township Council will hold a public hearing on the zoning ordinance amendment to regulate crematories as a conditional use in the light industrial zoning district at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 21. The Almanac reports that the council reached a consensus that the hearing will end no later than 9 p.m. and that residents wishing to speak must register prior to the meeting. You can register by calling Thomas Gromek at 724-941-4180 or emailing MASilvestri@peterstownship.com. Comments may also be submitted in person, in writing or through a representative. A capacity crowd attended the last public hearing on the matter. Click here for a link to the pdf copy of the revised ordinance amendment. What is your take on the zoning ordinance amendment on …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Join the Peters Township Youth Commission.
Peters Township Council is seeking volunteers to serve on the Peters Township Youth Commission. Interested township residents should submit a letter of interest and a resume or brief background to the Township Manager, 610 East McMurray Road, McMurray, PA 15317 by Nov. 30, 2012.