Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

MON VALLEY BRIEFS [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

MON VALLEY BRIEFS [Derived Headline]

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Elizabeth Township

* Commissioners approved a two-year collective bargaining agreement with police officers. Under the agreement, officers will receive an 80-cent-per-hour raise for the next two years, or about a 3 percent raise.

* Commissioners recognized township police Officer Michael Beckinger for his action during a traffic accident Sept. 3 on Simpson Howell Road.

Beckinger climbed into the vehicle and stayed with the victim, stabilizing him until firefighters could extract him.

Township police Chief Bob Wallace said Beckinger went above and beyond. "He's a good man."

County park police also were on the scene.

* Township engineer William McKeever said the High and Belsar street sewage project has a start date of Oct. 18-25. The project is expected to be completed within six weeks.

The project will bring sewage to about 30 houses with residents paying $4,500 in tap fees and $60 quarterly sewage fee.

* The Boston Volunteer Fire Department and the Greenock Volunteer Fire Department are ready to complete the merger between the two companies.

The Boston Volunteer Fire Department, which has accrued about $400,000 of debt, approached commissioners to help with about $175,000 of the debt. The debt is on a 1987 engine which is now in use as an emergency vehicle by the Greenock Volunteer Fire Department.

Kenny McCracken, president of the Boston Volunteer Fire Department said, "We don't want to sell the vehicle since it is being used more now than ever. We also don't want to leave this debt with the merger."

A meeting will be scheduled.

West Mifflin

* Councilman Richard Olasz is opposed to a proposal that would set earlier deadlines for people to file their real estate taxes in 2006.

Olasz said the earlier deadlines would be a hardship on taxpayers, especially senior citizens. …

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