Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

ROUTE 19 BRIEFS [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

ROUTE 19 BRIEFS [Derived Headline]

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Council appointed John Barrett Monday to fill a vacancy on the Zoning Hearing Board caused by the resignation of Tom Bernaciak.The term will run until Dec. 31, 2006.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the new walking track behind Aiken Elementary School. The track was a joint project of the borough and the Keystone Oaks School District.

The lighting was funded by a Duquesne Light Co. grant, the Green Tree Rotary and the Shaffer Foundation.

The long-vacant Country Belle building on Trumbull Drive was purchased by Lamar Advertising, which plans to demolish it and build another on the site for about 80 employees.

Mayor Chuck Hammer issued commendations for police Chief Robert Cifrulak, Lt. Chad Ranningan and Officer Eric Diehl.

Cifrulak and Diehl were commended for their roles, respectively, in capturing the suspects and in recovering money taken in a March 9 bank robbery in Scott.

Rannigan was commended for spotting and arresting a suspect in a bank robbery in Scott on Nov. 2. He also was commended for a March 16 pursuit and request for backup from Dormont and Mt. Lebanon police, which led to an arrest.

The mayor also introduced new police Officer Alan Feller.

Council voted unanimously to reject a conditional use application of Bernardo Katz to open a restaurant in his vacant building at 990 Greentree Road on the grounds of insufficient parking.

Mt. Lebanon

At a retreat in Bethel Park on Saturday, Mt. Lebanon commissioners decided the management should undertake some cost- cutting measures before it considers releasing a request for proposals to privatize the municipal ice rink.

Commissioners will work with the administration to set financial goals for the rink, which has been losing hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past several years. Last year, the rink lost $280,000.

Commissioners agreed that the municipality had enough money to continue operating the South Hills Regional Dispatch Center as a 911 ringdown through the end of the year. …

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