Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

NEWS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

NEWS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]

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A couple of councilmen were caught by surprise Monday when Manager Terry Hazlett said tomorrow's agenda would include a vote on increasing borough waste collection rates.

Hazlett said he's met with Rob Maceiko, the borough's tax collector, and a representative from Waste Management Inc. The current residential rate in the borough is $8.67 per month.

Hazlett said other communities are charging as much as $12. Canonsburg is finishing its first year of a five-year contract with WMI and if the borough waits until the contract's finished to raise rates, residents will see a jump from $8.67 to $15 or $16 per month.

In an effort to keep senior citizens from being hit hard later, Hazlett proposed increasing the current monthly fee by 33 cents. Waste collection rates are increasing because of factors such as higher gas prices and tipping fees.

Councilmen James Romano and Joseph Milioto said they refused to vote on any rate increases without first discussing the matter in a workshop meeting. Otherwise, the vote would give the appearance of secret government, Milioto said.

A workshop has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in council chambers. The meeting is open to the public.


Concern about ambulance response time will prompt changes in the township's agreement with two ambulance services.

Robert Fetty, the township's emergency management coordinator, proposed the changes Wednesday to the board of supervisors. Canonsburg Ambulance Service and Washington Ambulance & Chair provide the primary services in the township.

First, Fetty asked that Washington take over the Meadowlands area. Canonsburg would still service Moninger Heights, Allison Plan and any home with a Canonsburg or Houston ZIP code.

Fetty also asked for Washington to be the secondary service for those areas, instead of Peters and Fort Cherry ambulance services. The response time from Canonsburg's secondary services is just too long, Fetty said.

"I want to see quicker response time and better coverage," he said.

Washington and Canonsburg honor each other's memberships and will take patients to the hospital of their choice, unless the situation is critical and a patient needs to go to the nearest hospital, Fetty said. …

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